This weekend brings a three-day Cinco de Mayo festival to the Farm & Art Market Square in Old Town, sponsored by the Wichita chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Here are the details:
1) Tejana, mariachi and Mexican folkloric music is always a big draw to the festival. Latino artists and bands will perform each night, with dancing under the stars. Headlining acts on Sunday will include Los Boyz of Kumbia, Grupo Rival and Adikto, playing on Sunday between 6 and 10 p.m.
2) Six vendors will be selling authentic Mexican food as well as more traditional carnival fare such as funnel cakes and hot dogs. Adult beverages also will be for sale.
3) Beginning at about 2 p.m. Saturday, kids and adults will compete in boxing matches sanctioned by Kansas Golden Gloves. With help from a grant, the Latino association founded a boxing center for kids several years ago to promote fitness and achievement.
4) Also on the weekend agenda will be dancing, kids' activities including pinatas, a jalapeno-eating contest Saturday afternoon, a health and wellness fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and the crowning of a Cinco de Mayo queen at 6:30 p.m. Friday during the festival's opening ceremonies.
Hours for the Cinco de Mayo festival will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, although it will be free during lunch-time Friday. Proceeds go to the Latino Peace Officers Association's scholarship fund.