Plans include pan de campo cooking contest, parade, trail ride

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

Organizers are gearing up for the 30th Annual Pan De Campo festival to be held in San Diego June 1 to 3.

Pan de campo is a homemade bread cooked in a Dutch oven over mesquite wood that dates back to the late 1880s when vaqueros, or cowboys, would prepare the delicacy on cattle drives.

The bread was feasible because of its ability to remain fresh for long periods of time. The ingredients include flour, shortening, baking powder, water and salt.

The fiesta attracts thousands to the community of San Diego, a city of 5,700 residents located 10 miles west of Alice.

Vendors who wish to sponsor a booth for the event may call 279-6337 for more information. Booth rental is $175 for all three days.

Those interested in participating in the trail ride should contact Candelario Ruiz at 701-5712 or Oscar Gonzalez at 279-3877.

A parade will be held for the fiesta at 11 a.m. Saturday. For more information on how to participate in the parade, contact Diana Sendejo at 279-7808.

Musical guests for the fiesta will include Jody Farias and Bernardo and Sus Comprades Friday, Tropa F and Expression Saturday, and Ricky Naranjo and Mingo Saldivar Sunday.

The pan de campo cooking contest will be held on Saturday, June 2. Deadline to register by mail is May 31.

Applications at the fiesta may be obtained at the Rotary Beer Booth by 11 a.m. on June 2. Judging will be held at 3 p.m. that afternoon, with winners to be announced at 4 p.m.

Entry fee for the event is $35, and prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place will be awarded.