Mural to be dedicated during Cinco de Mayo festival

Delavan’s 19th mural will be dedicated at noon Saturday during the annual Cinco de Mayo festival.

The FranCisco Vargas mural is located behind Hawks Nest at 103 N. Second St. and is dedicated to the memory of FranCisco Vargas.

Vargas lived from 1951 to 2015 and was an artist and muralist from Fresno, Calif. In 2014 he created the largest painted mural stamp in the United States in California and was a co-project leader for the Rodriguez Brothers Potato Farm mural for Delavan’s June 2015 Walldog Event. After painting the mural, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died Sept. 7, 2015.

Delavan was the last community in which Cisco painted with the Walldogs. The memorial mural was executed by Cisco’s friends during the Marshall, Ill., 2016 Walldog event and designed by fellow Walldog Brenda Manor. Manor will be at Delavan’s dedication of the mural.

Jay Allen, author of the Walldog book will also be at the dedication to sign his book. This book highlights all the Walldog events from inception in 1993 through 2016.

The book is available at Remember When for $35 now. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Delavan Walldog mural project to maintain the murals and add future murals.

Cake and refreshments will be served at the dedication.

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