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20140222 GRANJENO Friendship-Festival 1443Granjeño Mayor Yvette Cabrera said every year the city’s Friendship Festival is different. It fluctuates with the weather and economy, she explained.

This year, Cabrera said she thinks the political campaign season is responsible for a drop in sponsorship in the eighth annual festival.

Even so, children from surrounding communities lined up in front of the plastic mechanical bull couched on an inflatable bouncer as parents watched. Another ride spun kids in a sphere and bouncey houses lined the way. Meanwhile, inside the Granjeño Community Center, acts like the Lipan Apache Tribe and Winter Texans Melody and Alan performed while residents of the community and surrounding area enjoyed barbecue and a cold drink.

“We tried to make do with the little bit we had, especially to keep it free for the kids,” Cabrera said. “We just sit down, relax and have a good time.”

It’s important a small community like Granjeño stay united, the mayor said, and that’s why they host events throughout the year, like the annual Thanksgiving lunch and Christmas play.

The city is preparing to turn the green area around the community to center into a park using funding from Urban County funding. Granjeño is partnering with the county in the first phase, which will include a walk way, solar lighting and a solar-powered water well for irrigation.

If the city has enough money, the second phase will include a gazebo, children's park and basketball and volleyball courts.

"I don't know if it'll boost anything, but it'll boost morale for our people, which is what we're working for," Cabrera said. "In order for us to do anything, we need to be united."

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