Residents can experience the Hispanic culture during the seventh annual Cinco de Mayo festival Saturday at the Killeen Community Center.

Vendors will be open for business from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and musical performances will start at 10 a.m.

The event, hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens 4535, will feature vendors selling barbecue, roasted corn, sausage, island food from Samoa and the Philippines, ice cream as well as jewelry and other crafts. But the main attraction is different musical acts, including country singers, a mariachi band, “folklorico” and various dancing groups, said Raul Villaronga, LULAC president. “(There will be) a lot of entertainment.”

Villaronga said the organization decided to have a Hispanic celebration for the Killeen community and thought Cinco de Mayo was a great opportunity to share the culture with others.

“A lot of people come from out of town (for the event),” he said.

The event also will feature games, including a watermelon-eating contest.

“We’re doing this for the community,” Villaronga said. “It’s a family event and a good way for families to come out and enjoy (the festivities).”

Although the event is free, residents are encouraged to donate a canned food, which will benefit the Killeen Food Care Center, or school supplies, which will be donated to the community of West.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.


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