The 2013 Peñitas White Wing Festival gets underway on Sept. 11, beginning with the crowning of Miss Peñitas White Wing queen and her royal court, followed by the 5K run/walk on Sept. 14 and culminating on Sept. 21 with the grand finale festivities.
The pageantry begins next Wednesday with the selection of the royal court at the La Joya ISD Fine Arts Center, 604 N. Coyote Blvd., at 7 p.m. Along with Miss Peñitas White Wing Queen, girls ages 16 to 19 will compete for the titles of Princess of Mourning Dove; Princess of Inca Dove, ages 7 to 10; and Princess of Rock Dove, ages 4 to 6.
The following Saturday, the 2013 Community Wellness Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $10 through Sept. 11; late registration is $15. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the starting point at the Peñitas Veterans Memorial Park, 1111 S. Main St. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 persons who sign up.
Trophies will be awarded to the top overall and male winners. Medals will be given to the first, second and third place finishers in each age division. Age divisions in both men’s and women’s categories are 14 and up, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and over.
The grand finale takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with a packed line-up of entertainment, food and activities, including an ICBA sanctioned cook-off, car show and a dozen kiddie carnival rides to keep children entertained.
The entertainment line-up of bands features Country Roland Band, Solido, Atrapado, Revelado, Los Igualados, La Imagen and El Cuadro. Alexis Chapa is making an appearance, along with Gabby Tamez, Mariachi Los Lobos, Conjunto La Tradicion and Florklorico Ozamatli, offering music and dance entertainment throughout the day.
The IBCA-sanctioned cook-off categories include brisket, pork spare ribs and chicken, offering $2,000 in cash prizes with first through fifth place winners sharing in the cash prizes and certificates given to the sixth through 10th place winners. Entrance fee for the main categories is $200 through Sept. 13 and $225 after that date.
Entrance fee is $25 in each of the Jackpot cook-off categories. Entrants can choose fajitas, beans, pan de campo or Paloma (White Wing) to compete for a cash prize. The cash prize is for the first and second place winners to share 75 percent of the total proceeds within their respective category.
The car show features 18 categories with competitors vying for $500 which goes to the top five receiving the highest overall points among all the entries. Trophies and plaques will be awarded to the first through third place winners in each category.
To enter the 5K or any of the competitions, registration applications are available at the Peñitas City Hall at 1111 S. FM 1427 or online at www.cityofpenitas.com. Call 581-3345 for more information.
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