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May 8, 2012

Chihuahuas Crowned at Chandler’s Cinco de Mayo Event
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The King and Queen Chihuahuas of 2012 were crowned last weekend as part of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races. The annual festivities were produced by the Si Se Puede Foundation and hosted by the City of Chandler.
The 2012 Chihuahua King is "Malibu," owned by Cheryl Pai Bittner, and the Chihuahua Queen was "Maggie," owned by Susan Hyden (contact information is below for the owners of the King and Queen)
In honor of Chandler’s Centennial Celebration this year, a Centennial Chihuahua was selected by event participants. The Centennial Chihuahua honors went to “Bruno”, owned by Magra Armenta.
More than 70 Chihuahuas competed in the 15th Annual Chihuahua races.  The first place race winner was "Gussie," owned by Juliette and Joshua O’Neill, "Cali,” owned by Anne Watkinson, came in second place, and in third place was "Cooper" owned by Jennifer Culberson.
The Cinco de Mayo Celebration honors the Hispanic community's many contributions to the City of Chandler. Annual event highlights include authentic Mexican dancing, music, a health fair, and the famous Chihuahua Races.  
Sponsors of the 2012 Cinco de Mayo festivities include The Chandler Republic, City of Chandler, Prensa Hispana, Salt River Project, and State Farm Insurance.
Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Royalty Winners
2012 King: "Malibu" - Owner:  Cheryl Pai Bittner
2012 Queen: "Maggie" - Owner:  Susan Hyden
2012 Centennial Winner: “Bruno” – Owner: Marga Armenta 
Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Race Winners
1st Place: “Gussie” – Juliette and Joshua O’Neil
2nd Place: “Cali” – Anne Watkinson
3rd Place:  “Cooper” – Jennifer Culberson