Athens hosting annual Cinco de Mayo event

Published on Saturday, 3 May 2014 00:10 - Written by From Staff and Wire Reports

The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center today.

The event will feature performances of traditional Mexican dances in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present a hawks and owls show at 1 p.m.

Athens area restaurants will compete in a salsa contest, which will be judged at 2:30 p.m.

All Cinco de Mayo activities are included with regular admission to TFFC.

Highlights of the dance performances include appearances by Tyler Ballet Folklorico, Athens area elementary students and Las Tapatias, Athens’ folkloric dance group.

The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will do walk-around displays of birds including owls and hawks throughout the day.

Visitors will be able to see the birds at close range and learn about their abilities and habits.

El San Luis Restaurant will serve food in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center.

Athens High School Key Club and National Honors Society students will decorate the facility and volunteer during the event.