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Cinco de Mayo celebration to help youth football

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

Quarry Village’s newly formed merchants association will join Mountain Town Stages this Saturday in honor of Cinco de Mayo and the Park City Ute Conference Football’s first annual furniture and appliance swap.

"It’s our inaugural event and it’s the shoulder season so it’s a great time to appeal to our local community," said Deborah DeCamp, owner of Cost Cutters and president of the Quarry Village Merchants Association. "It’s a good time to let families know about what we have to offer."

Quarry Village, located at the Jeremy Ranch Exit and the base of Pinebrook, is home to 22 business, including Albertson’s grocery store, Booster Juice, My Time Fitness, Park City Bread and Bagel, Nail La Belle and Treasure Mountain Spa.

Cinco de Mayo originally celebrated Mexico’s victory over French occupational forces on May 5, 1862, and has continued to be honored in America and Mexico as a day to appreciate Hispanic culture. DeCamp says 20 of the businesses at the village plan to put their spin on Saturday’s event, which, in part, recognizes the active and growing Latino population in the Park City area.

Mountain Town Stages will provide a deejay beginning at 10 a.m. and the Salt Lake band Salsa Brava will take the stage at 4 p.m.

DeCamp says the fiesta at Quarry Village will feature story telling on stage, piñatas, inflatable bounce houses and inflatable slides for kids, a music video game contest featuring "Dance, Dance Revolution" at My Time Fitness, barbecue from Albertson’s, face painting at the Arc at St. Johns (a childcare center at Quarry Village), and nail polish painting for kids at Nail La Belle.

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During the festivities, attendees are urged to peruse the furniture and appliance swap, which is in part a benefit for Park City’s youth football program, which, like the Cinco de Mayo celebration will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

According to Park City Ute Football President Les Wiehe, there are nine teams of kids, ages eight to 13 years that participate annually in the league, which begins August 4 and runs through mid-November. The non-profit league depends on fundraising, he says, and hopes to raise enough money at this event for the upcoming 2007 season.

Like the Park City Young Riders Bike Swap, the Ute Football Furniture and Appliance Swap will ask the sellers of large appliances and furniture pieces to choose a high price for the first half of the day and a low price for the afternoon, should their item continue to be unsold before noon. All items that are not sold by 6 p.m. will be donated to the Salvation Army or can be picked up by sellers, Wiehe explained.

Appliance and furniture sellers can choose to donate all the proceeds from the sale of their items to Ute Football or they can choose to donate 25 percent for the league and keep the rest.

"The idea isn’t microwaves or toasters, really, but big items like gardening equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers," said Wiehe. "We’re hoping to meet our fundraising goal in one, big giant event."

Items will be collected and priced Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Park City Bread and Bagel and stored overnight.

To provide furniture and appliance items to sell, please contact call Les Wiehe at 655-0844 or email at wiehe@burgoyne.com. To learn more about Park City’s youth football programs visit http://www.pcminers.com .