2008-10-29 / News

Wild in Willacy a smash hit with new rodeo and other events

ROBERT WILCOX Reporter

THE "W" LOS COCINEROS WILLAQUENOS pose for a picture during Saturday's cookoff. Photos By: Carlos Martinez THE "W" LOS COCINEROS WILLAQUENOS pose for a picture during Saturday's cookoff. Photos By: Carlos Martinez Festival goers had a fun time at this years Wild in Willacy event, that was held for the first time at the livestock show grounds, according to Chamber of Commerce Manager Elma Chavez.

"The place was packed in the afternoon and evening," Chavez said. "The rodeo was a really great addition this year - Everyone who participated in it had a lot of fun."

Food is always a big treat at Wild in Willacy. Tamales were a hot commodity this year.

Mikey Dominguez of Lyford took the tamale eating contest, and Mr. Montez, also from Lyford, ate the most doughnuts. Steve Million won the Mower Barrel Race.

The cookoffs have always given festival goers the chance to sample the best fajitas, ribs, and pan de campo.

Winners in the cookoff contests were;

- Beans - Raymondville VFD - Fajitas - All About Texas

- Ribs - Willaquenos

Pan de Campo, Wild game, and Mystery Meat all were won by Valley Telephone's Poco Poco cooking team.

RANCH RODEO - The object of the competition was to rope a steer. The problem was to hold it down for branding. This is one way to tackle the problem. The Hurache Ranch won first place, Mesquite Bonito Ranch got second place. RANCH RODEO - The object of the competition was to rope a steer. The problem was to hold it down for branding. This is one way to tackle the problem. The Hurache Ranch won first place, Mesquite Bonito Ranch got second place. Miss Rodriguez Ford (Henry) was chosen the best Wild Woman of Willacy.

Arts and crafts always give the county residents a chance to show off what they can do.

Boot decorating went to Sonya Tijerina and Cake Decorating to the Maldonado's. In the poster contest, 1st place went to Julia Bella of RHS for The Old Ranch Hand, 2nd place to classmate Arlena Gonzalez for Whooo is Here, and 3rd place to RHS student Jose Hernandez for El Gallo.

Results of the rodeo and the first ever 25-mile bike ride will be the subjects of a follow-up story in next week's Chronicle/ News.

AWARD WINNING BOOT - Sonya Tijerina won first place in the boot decorating contest. AWARD WINNING BOOT - Sonya Tijerina won first place in the boot decorating contest. BRISA ESCAMILLA, 4th grader from San Perlita, shows off the boot she entered. BRISA ESCAMILLA, 4th grader from San Perlita, shows off the boot she entered. PREPARING MOLLEJAS - Lion Rudy Garcia prepares a batch of mollejas Saturday. PREPARING MOLLEJAS - Lion Rudy Garcia prepares a batch of mollejas Saturday. PRIZE WINNING PLATE - Virginia Torres prepared this delicious plate of fajitas, pork and beans, and cooked skinless serrano peppers. PRIZE WINNING PLATE - Virginia Torres prepared this delicious plate of fajitas, pork and beans, and cooked skinless serrano peppers. YOUNGSTERS compete in eating corn on the cob. YOUNGSTERS compete in eating corn on the cob. PACKING THOSE TAMALES DOWN - Mikey Dominguez got first place. PACKING THOSE TAMALES DOWN - Mikey Dominguez got first place. KARI KLOSTERMANN open the ranch rodeo events riding around the arena carrying the American flag. KARI KLOSTERMANN open the ranch rodeo events riding around the arena carrying the American flag. PAN DE CAMPO - Los Cocineros Willaquenos check their pan de campo in the making. PAN DE CAMPO - Los Cocineros Willaquenos check their pan de campo in the making. RAYMONDVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT took first place in the beans division, second in the fajita cookoff and second in the wild game division. Shown, left to right, is Juan Rodriguez, Frank Torres and Oscar Gutierrez. RAYMONDVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT took first place in the beans division, second in the fajita cookoff and second in the wild game division. Shown, left to right, is Juan Rodriguez, Frank Torres and Oscar Gutierrez.

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