By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
The Cinco de Mayo Committee is working around the clock to prepare for the May 1 community celebration. Staggering amounts of money have been raised, and the crew is getting down to the wire.
Treasurer George Roldan said a total of nearly $28,000 has been raised thus far for the non-profit organization’s scholarship funding purpose. He added the nine queen candidates alone have raised more than $6,000. The committee has approved to fund 16 $300 scholarships, rather than the original 15. Winners will be announced Monday at the Liberal High School Academic Banquet.
Parade Chairman Julio Jiminez is rallying for parade participation. Although an entry form would be appreciated, he said such a form is not mandatory for participation in the Cinco de Mayo Parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. on May 1.
“We would love for all the businesses to come out and make a float,” he said. “Anyone that comes out at 12:30 on Sunday, we will put you in the parade. We want this to be fun, we want this to be loud.”
The committee encourages the community to come out and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo Celebration. With the crowning of the 2011 Cinco de Mayo Queen, entertainment from A.J. Martinez, Jelapeno Eating Contest, appearances by several cartoon characters and many booths to visit, the committee promises to have something for every one.