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Cinco de Mayo celebrations coincided with Mother's Day weekend festivities in city's core.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson and State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon address Cinco de Mayo celebration attendees from the gazebo in the Downtown Plaza Saturday.Despite uncertainties that emerged through changing hosts and capricious spring weather conditions, Cinco de Mayo celebrations kicked off without a hitch in downtown Woodburn Saturday, May 7.

Festivities coinciding with Mother's Day weekend carried on despite rainy skies early Saturday. Events were slated to run through Sunday in the Downtown Plaza, featuring live music, folkloric dancing, crafts and a variety of cultural food offerings.

Woodburn's Cinco de Mayo celebration has traditionally been hosted by Chemeketa Community College, but the school wasn't available this year.

"Six weeks ago we learned that Chemeketa was not able to hold Cinco de Mayo, for whatever reason," Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson said. "So we got together with the Downtown Association and AWARE Food Bank and put something together."

Swenson said the Oregon Food Bank helped significantly with donations channeled through AWARE, which hosted a kiosk along First Street.

A frequent partner of AWARE, Northwest HUB — which advocates for bicycles for all — was also set up on First Street Saturday, with Youth Program Coordinator Nicole Barbuch and HUD Board member Ryan Thompson holding down the fort. HUB Community Outreach & Development Director Jesus Gutierrez was attending a children's birthday party, but he was set to arrive and work the mobile shop later in the day and through Sunday. PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - HUB Northwest Board member Ryan Thompson, right, and Youth Program Coordinator Nicole Barbuch on hand at Woodburn's Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday, ready to repair bicycles and offer information.

HUB offers on-the-spot bicycle repair services.

"It's been really beautiful … well, not so much the weather, but the event," Barbuch said.

"We're getting some sun; I love Oregon weather with all its changes," Thompson countered.

Barbuch said HUB representatives frequently visit farm camps, along with food bank volunteers, to service the working populations there. They also schedule times to set up at AWARE to offer their repair services.

By early afternoon Saturday, HUB had already had a few takers.

"We had two little boys come by (for repairs), and we gave a bike and a helmet to another little boy," Barbuch said.

By that time, the rain had come and mostly gone.

"I was at my house an hour ago and it was really coming down," Swenson said. "But now we are seeing people coming out (to celebrate)."PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Folkloric dancing is a part of the entertainment at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Woodburn's Downtown Plaza.

Photo gallery

See a photo gallery of Saturday's activities at Woodburn's Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Downtown Plaza on the Woodburn Independent Facebook page: facebook.com/WoodburnIndependent.


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