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On a perfect morning for an outside event, the Red Hot Children's Fiesta brought out hundreds of children and parents. At least 39 official booths had activities for kids; Walgreen's provided free flu shots at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Care Van outside Penny Park; and entertainment included dancers from Melinda's Conservatory of Dance, Western New Mexico University's award-winning Mariachi Plata, and karate demonstrations by members of Oni Ken Karate.

Cari Lemon, Grant County Community Health Council director, put together the event with the help of all the group partners. The Community Youth Builders, led by Gary Stailey, set up and took down all the booths. The Western New Mexico University nursing students helped out at many booths where needed.

"We had new groups this year, including the Gila National Forest and New Mexico Game and Fish, which held an archery event," Lemon said.

A Kid's Vote booth asked voters, who had to be younger than 18 years of age, to vote for their favorite lunch item. Burger won with 26 votes, burrito came in second with 19 votes and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich came in third with 10 votes. Adults could register to vote, and the children learned how to register and vote.

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