Deadwood looks like the perfect place for Cinco de Mayo on Saturday with a full festival planned for the celebration of the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

Deadwood's fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Festival is brought by Deadwood Business Club and kicks off the summer while raising funds for the Northern Hills Alliance for Children. DBC Event Chairperson Rhonda Van Den Eykel said that all proceeds will be donated to the organization, and they hope to raise $3,000 to $5,000 for summer programs.

"It's a great time to have a little fun while promoting a good cause," Van Den Eykel said. "The money goes to their local preschool and day-care center to help kids in our community."

The day will kick off with The Shriner's parade at 10:45 a.m., a new event. Also new is an ice cream social at 2 p.m.

Back by popular demand, meanwhile, are the Black Hills miniature trains and the "breaking the pinata" event. Children can take a swing at a pinata and, in another event, enter for a chance to win a youth bike. There will also be bouncy houses and big slides, while families can donate $3 to enjoy fresh tamales on Main Street. The day will end with an all-you-can-eat taco buffet for a donation of $10.

Adults, meanwhile, can enter the Mucho Dinero giveaway, in which participants can go to six different locations to win a mini-pinata, with six lucky winners getting a grand prize of $1,200 to split. There will also be tequila-tasting locations, a Corona beer garden and Margaritas. 

"Personally, I really like a citrus margarita," Van Den Eykel said. "It's made with oranges, lemon and served on the rocks with salt and a lime or lemon. It has a nice, fresh summer taste to it."

It should be a great way to start the summer season while enjoying Mexican traditions in the Black Hills.

"I think people just enjoy the traditions and the food," Van Den Eykel said. "It's a great combination of music, food and fun."

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Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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