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Published: 03/29/2011 - 12:12

SAN JUAN, TX - The City of San Juan and the San Juan Economic Development Corporation (SJEDC) are

planning for their annual Cinco de Mayo Cook-off and Festival to be held at the San Juan Municipal Park on

Saturday, May 7. This event was formally held in March and known as Spring Fiesta. The festival will feature

games, rides, food and an IBCA sanctioned BBQ Cook-off.

As a measure to bolster competition and diversity in grilling style, the San Juan Cook-Off event will be sanctioned

by the International Barbecue Cooker's Association. Fire up those Rio South Texas grills because there will be over

$2,000 in cash and prizes for 1stthru 5thplaces. Categories included in this year's contest are: fajita, chicken, pork

spare ribs and brisket. For a complete list of rules, go to www.ibcabbq.org.The Cinco de Mayo Committee is also

seeking sponsors to participate at five different levels:El Musico, $3000; El Bandolon, $2000; El Tambor, $1000; El

Viloncello, $500; and El Arpa, $200. In order to share the media spotlight, sponsors are encouraged to pledge

byApril 22 to allow for marketing opportunities on TV, radio and print media.

San Juan EDC is accepting applications for booth vendors who are interested in selling food, crafts or reserving an

informational booth. All food vendors are allowed to sell two items per booth. Non-Profit vendor fee is $65, vendor

of profit fee is $85, established business fee is $100, and an informational booth fee is $50. Vendors are allowed to

bring their own tables and chairs, but if they want to rent a tables and chairs the fee is a $50 refundable deposit.

Interested parties may call San Juan Parks and Recreation at 956-223-2350 or San Juan EDC at 956-783-3448 for

more information. Vendor booth registrations will be accepted between the hours of 1-4 p.m., Monday through

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