Letter to the editor – CINCO de MAYO THANK YOU!

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A big thank you to all the people that came out to unite the community and celebrate our second annual Cinco de Mayo last week. Mother Nature was on our side and we were able to enjoy some of the best Spring weather so far this year!

I would like to start by thanking our sponsors who made this celebration possible. H and H Fence Company (Our May Business of the Month) put up the fencing and I must say, it was very straight and impressive! The Well sponsored the “adult” piñata as well as contributing three $10 gift certificates as prizes for the contests. West End Liquor was kind enough to keep our thirst quenched by donating Hornitos margaritas. City Market of Granby donated a gift card used to purchase soda, water, and peppers for the pepper eating contest. Los Amigos provided the two giant piñatas for the kids. The Grand Gazette helped by making sure that everyone in town was informed of the event. The Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill allowed us to use valuable cooler space to keep the beverages cold, and Flowers by Marcia donated the festive balloons so we could mark our signs and entrances so you could find the party!

We were lucky enough to have a few returning vendors join us this year. Los Amigos was there with delicious “street tacos” and tamales, while Starla Rindt returned with her amazing cupcakes and sweet treats. She even added a couple new items like churro cupcakes and piñata cupcakes to her arsenal. Having Fun Yet was also there with hamster balls for the kids which seemed to be a big hit along with the bouncy house!

Thanks to all of you that participated in the various contests; Homemade salsa, Pepper Eating and the Mustache contest. These contests are all done in great fun and it seems that the Pepper Eating Contest is one of the crowd favorites! I also wanted to thank everyone that voted for their favorite salsa. The 1st place winner of the

salsa contest was Rosie’s Rockin’ Salsa by Rosie Stahl with 23 votes. Tied for second place with 6 votes each was Rockin’ Salsa by Sandy Hill and Texas Caviar by me. In third place, my favorite, Sweet and Hot Salsa with 5 votes by Diane Carpenter.

Shaun Trujillo was the winner of the Pepper Eating Contest and I heard he’s still recovering. Lol Brent Riisager was the winner of the mustache contest and a lovely trophy.

We are thinking of adding more contests next year like best dressed pet or Chihuahua races. Or we could add a guacamole contest or a green chili cook- off. Your ideas are always welcome.

As with any successful event it would not be possible without the volunteers. These are the people that give of their time to ensure that the event happens. Shyla Bohall and Kori Ekren worked non-stop on Thursday cleaning, decorating, organizing, and over all, just making sure that things ran smoothly. Gayle Langley came all the way from Granby to bartend along with Vick Caylor who is always there to save the day. Marissa Lorenz, Rosie Stahl and Amber Cramer did a great job of running the salsa tasting and also assisted with clean-up. Mark Campbell was our sound guy and Gretchen Kolb manned the gate so no one could escape with alcohol. I would also like to thank Officer Charles Jones for making sure that we were all safe and a shout out to Antonio Dominguez for assisting with the piñatas and contests. Anael Castillo graced us with her beautiful dancing and last but not least, Duane Dailey for running to get ice!

I’m really looking forward to building Cinco de Mayo each year to make it bigger and better. It will be on a Friday next year and then Saturday in 2018. Hopefully we will have Mariachis by then!

Thanks again Kremmling for pitching in to make this a successful event and I hope I did not forget anybody!

Gracias,
Shelly McManus,

KACOC Executive Director

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