9/12/2013 9:14:00 AM Fiesta Del Centro this weekend
Committee members met Wednesday night to finalize plans for the festival.
Schedule of events
Friday 6 p.m. Fiesta opens 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Band 8 to 9 p.m. Grupo Xprezzion 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tejas Brothers 10:30 to midnight Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
Saturday 8 a.m. Cooks meeting 10 a.m. Open registration for Kid's Cook-Off and Jackpot fajitas turn-in to Chamber 11 a.m. Kid's Pork Chop Cook-Off and Chicken turn-in to Chamber 11 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. Turn in for Pan de Polvo and Salsa to ticket booth. Contact person is Sandra Cantu at 562-1027. 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. Mexican Bingo inside city hall 1 p.m. Pork Spare Ribs turn-in to Chamber 3 p.m. Brisket turn-in to chamber 3 to 4 p.m. Talent Showcase, open to public 4 to 5 p.m. Maggie's School of Dance 5 p.m. Awards 6 to 7 p.m. Strolling mariachis 7 to 8 p.m. Country Roland Jr. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Ricardo Castellon y La Diferencia 10:30 to midnight David Farias y Los Hermanos Farias
The smell of barbecue will fill the air this weekend as the Annual Hispanic Heritage Cook-Off "Fiesta Del Centro" is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14 in downtown Alice.
The cook-off is organized by the Hispanic Heritage Committee, who works year-round to plan the IBCA sanctioned event.
The main cook-off categories include brisket, chicken and pork spare ribs, with a $150 entry fee. The prices include first place $500, second place $250, third place $100, fourth place $50 and fifth place $50.
There will also be a fajita jackpot with a $25 entry fee with a 50/50 pay out.
A special event for this year's event is the Kid's Pork Chop Cook-off at 11 a.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $20 per child with two pork chops and spices provided. The age categories are 8 to 11 years old and 12 to 14 years old. Registration starts at 10 a.m.
Entertainment for the two-day event includes music by Groupo Xprezzion, Tejas Brothers, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers on Friday night; and Richard Castillon y la Diferenzia on Saturday.
The cook-off judging will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday for the fajita jackpot, 11 a.m. for chicken, 1 p.m. for pork spare ribs and 3 p.m. for brisket.
"All the money raised goes towards scholarship that the committee awards to students," Rojelio Cuellar said. "We hope to have a successful even this year."
Cuellar said 32 teams have signed up for the cook-off with calls still coming in.
Friday night events start at 6 p.m. with entertainment wrapping up at midnight. Saturday events start at 8 a.m. with a cook's meeting.