Julio Guirra, migrant worker from Michoacan, Mexico plays tug-of-war with other guests at the Child and Migrant Services' Despedida at Veterans' Memorial Park in Palisade, Colo., on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The annual farewell party honors migrant agricultural workers and shows appreciation for the community volunteers who provide services to the workers during the growing season. (Barton Glasser, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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