$300 prize for best menudo

If the opportunity to be hailed as champion isn’t enough to get menudo cooks to the menudo cook-off in Granger this Sunday, then maybe $300 will do it.

That’s what the Granger Chamber of Commerce is hoping as it prepares for the community’s 15th annual Granger Menudo Festival.

It will take place at Hisey (dinosaur) Park, 219 Main St. on Sept. 2 between 9 a.m. and about 5 p.m.

There will be menudo for purchase all day.

The Menudo Festival is one of those “build it, and they will come” stories. It drew just more than a handful of people the first year. It draws upward of 600 people today.

One reason for the growth of the festival is added events and the help of professional festival organizers and operators Tri-State Entertainment.

All of the events will take late comers if they can be fit in. They need to call the appropriate director.

Vendors looking for a place to set up on Sunday may call Laurence Guisinger at 509-840-1213

The day will start at 8 a.m. with the Lion’s Club’s Cancer Awareness fun run or walk registration. It is a fund-raiser for cancer awareness.

The entry fee is $20, and the competition is divided by age groups. All entries get a t-shirt. Top finishers receive a medal. Aida Fonseca (509-830-1461) and Valdomero Valenzuela (509-854-1278) are the people to call.

At 9 a.m., Granger Parks and Recreation Director Roy Cardenas will start the volleyball tournament. It is co-ed, and many of the area’s recent high school stars play.

Cardenas may be reached at 509-379-4357.

Robert Cardenas (509-831-3721) is overseer of the car show, which is staged in the upper section of the park.

The park is split by Main Street, and most of the action takes place in the lower section. Main Street if part of the fun run or walk course.

The actual menudo contest takes place at about 1:30 p.m. around the Dino Store.

The entries will be judged by a team of experienced menudo aficionados. Call Martin Villa, 509-572-4826.

The day includes DJ music and various activities for the kids, as well as local organizations setting up vendor booths as fundraising activities.


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