FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Historic Valley Junction Foundation’s Festival Cinco de Mayo has been postponed until SATURDAY, MAY 11th.

West Des Moines, IA — Travel south of the border as the Historic Valley Junction Foundation presents our 9th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo onSaturday, May 11, 2013 from Noon to 10:00 pm. Located in the 200 & 300 Blocks of 5th Street in Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines, IA, visitors are invited to enjoy Mexican foods, artwork, live music, dancing and family activities.

Live Latin music, authentic dance groups, inflatables and children’s activities will be included in this signature Valley Junction event. Celebrating the Mexican heritage of many railroad workers during the establishment years of Valley Junction, this festival is an opportunity to recognize the Mexican community who helped James Jordan’s vision of bringing the railroad to the Des Moines area become a reality. In honor of our strong heritage, we will also present a proclamation and announcement of our Cinco de Mayo King and Queen.

Valley Junction was established in 1846 when its first settler, James Jordan arrived. The name Valley Junction was chosen because it was located in the valley of the Raccoon River and served as the junction for the railroad. By 1900, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad had moved its operation to the area. After the railroad boom ended, Valley Junction slowed its pace and changed its official name to West Des Moines in 1938. Many family members of the original railroad workers still live in the Valley Junction area today.

Valley Junction is now home to over 150 distinctive stores, restaurants, and independent businesses, each with its own unique historical character. Known for its unique specialty stores, Valley Junction is one of central Iowa’s most unique attractions. Visit our website, for more information and a complete calendar of events.

Festival Cinco de Mayo is part of A-May-Zing Days, a month-long celebration of West Des Moines. For a list of events and activities happening throughout the community in May, please visit

For more information, contact:      

Jim Miller or Jamie Lamb

515.222.3642 phone; 515.274.8407 fax