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Pauma Valley Community Association to hold Cinco de Mayo fiesta



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Come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Saturday at Pauma Valley Community Center.
April 30, 2014
The Pauma Valley Community Association will hold a Cinco de Mayo fiesta on Saturday designed to bring together members of the local community in a fun and relaxed environment.

"What we are doing is having a fiesta for the children and adults during the day with a carnival setting followed by a community dance that evening complete with beer, wine, and live music," said association secretary Fritz Stumpges. "We want to see people get to know one another and get together like they used to 30 years ago."

Stumpges said organizers have always dreamt of holding community dances where people from all walks of life could come out and enjoy each other's company.

"If we have a good positive response, we'd like to keep it going," he said.

On tap for the event, which kicks off at noon, are bouncy houses, kids' games and activities, a lottery table for adults, face painting and an Orbitron. Developed by NASA, the single person ride is a three-dimensional ring allowing the rider to experience the same training astronauts received prior to space flights.

"It looks like it's a lot of fun," Stumpges said. "It doesn't jolt you around, there is no sickness it's just really interesting."

Of course no community event is complete without standard carnival fare. Snow cones, cotton candy and other delectable finger foods along with hotdogs, tacos and nachos will all be available until the tostada street dinner kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Money raised at the event will go to support the community association's different events.

"The overall gist is it's a fundraiser to support all the things that we do," said Stumpges. "We have a baseball league, soccer on Sundays, a league with maybe seven games and the community center and park are open for weddings and parties. The county planning group and Pauma Valley Lions club meet there and we have town hall meetings such as the one with Bill Horn we just had last Saturday. It's kind of a meeting point for the community. Our facilities have continual use."

There will be a $5 entrance fee per vehicle that will be used to offset expenses for the event, Fritz said. Tickets will be sold in a central location for food and rides. Bounce houses will be free of charge.

"Starting with the dinner we will be serving beer on tap (Pacifico) and wine," said Stumpges. "The money raised from the alcohol sales will help fund the live band."

The dance, which is open to families, runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is included in admission. Music will be provided by Diego Manriquez and Descarga Mortera.

The Cinco de Mayo Celebration is open to the public and Stumpges said the group is extending the invitation to all surrounding communities including Pala, Pauma, Valley Center and Palomar Mountain.

"It's open to anybody who wants to come out and have a great time with family and friends while supporting our local community," Stumpges said.

Pauma Valley Community Center is located at 16650 Hwy. 76 in Pauma Valley.

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