Cinco de Mayo Festival
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Historic Valley Junction!
We still be celebrating the Mexican heritage of many railroad workers that helped James Jordan’s vision of bringing the railroad to the Des Moines area become a reality. It will be just a little later this year. The Festivale Cinco de Mayo planned for September 19, from noon until 10 p.m. This is during National Hispanic Heritage month that runs from September 15 until October 15 recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States history, heritage, and culture.
Travel south of the border as the Historic Valley Junction Foundation presents our 16th Annual Festivale Cinco de Mayo on Saturday. Located in the 300 block 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.
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.