Article by Jeanette Swindell, Public Relations Consultant, Green Country Marketing Assn.
Autumn may seem a long way off, but soon it will be upon us, offering up cool breezes for the 12th annual National Indian Taco Championship on October 1. With the event come aromas of freshly cooked Indian tacos, interesting vendors and traders, competitions, music, American Indian dancing and a variety of entertainment.
Organizers are hoping new vendors and competitions will mean huge crowds on October 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at this admission-free event in downtown Pawhuska, according to Patricia Counts, event chairperson of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.
“We are accepting contestants and non-food vendors now,” Counts said. There is a $50 application charge, and electricity is an additional $15. Non-food vendors will be accepted: $30 without electricity and $50 with electricity. To apply contact the Chamber at 918-287-1208 or email Pawhuskachamber2@sbcglobal.net
In addition, the event welcomes sponsors and urges those interested to contact the Chamber.
“The National Indian Taco Championship has won two awards this past year: The Red Dirt Report’s Best Food Festival and 2016 Merit Award for Outstanding Event given by the Oklahoma Conference on Tourism RedBud Award.”
Contestants will be selling tacos to the public, and for $5 visitors have an opportunity to judge the Indian tacos. Judging begins at 10 a.m., and winners are announced between 3 and 4 p.m.
Prizes include $1,500 for first; $1,000 for second and $500 for third place. Plus the contestant judged as the People’s Choice wins $1,000.
Vendors are offering snow cones, baked goods, Native American beadwork, art work, jewelry and much more, organizers said. In addition, a Native American Dance Competition is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages.
“It will be a great time for children and adults, so we hope to see a huge crowd this year,” Counts added.
For more information about the event and for contestant and sponsorship inquiries, contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918.287.1208 or http://www.pawhuskachamber.com.
The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce is a member of Green Country Marketing Association which works with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and others to promote state tourism, an $8.9 billion industry.