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Giant enchilada returns for 33rd Annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta

Giant enchilada returns for 33rd Annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta
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POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:58pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:02pm

The 33rd Annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta is considered a premier event not only in Las Cruces, but the entire state of New Mexico.

More than 40,000 thousand people will attend the the third largest event in the state over a three day weekend from September 27 - September 29.

"It's really special to have it here," said Sonia Saldana, president of the Whole Enchilada Fiesta.

This year's festival also brings the return of the giant enchilada absent from last year's fiesta after equipment issues.

Roberto Estrada, who makes the record-setting enchilada had to repair the burners that cook the signature dish.

With about $15,000 in donations form the community the burners are now up and running.

"The fact the enchilada is coming back is wonderful," Saldana said. "We get to have that piece that was missing last year."

While there's a lot of excitement the enchilada is back, the fiesta still features lots of other activities like 5-K run Saturday morning, live music and a huacha tournament.

Where: 1501 E. Hadley Ave. Las Cruces, NM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

5:30 PM - OPENING CEREMONIES AND CROWNING OF TWEF QUEEN
4:00 PM – 12:00 AM CARNIVAL
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM VENDOR BOOTH AREA
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ENCHILADA EATING CONTEST REGISTRATION
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM SENIOR DANCE NIGHT WITH THE ANNIMO BAND
6:30 PM – 11:30 PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM FIESTA GARDENS

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

9:00 AM 1-MILE FUN RUN 9:15 AM
5K RUN 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
CARNIVAL 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
VENDOR BOOTH AREA 10:30 AM
33RD ANNUAL PARADE 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM REGISTRATION FOR HUACHA COMPETITION
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM FIRST ROUND HUACHA COMPETITION
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ENCHILADA EATING CONTEST REGISTRATION
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM REGISTRATION HORSESHOE COMPETITION
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM FIRST ROUND HORSESHOE COMPETITION
2:00 PM – 11:20 PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

9:00 AM – CARSHOW ONSITE REGISTRATION
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM CARNIVAL
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CARSHOW
2:00 PM – CARSHOW AWARDS
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM VENDOR BOOTH AREA
10:30 AM COOKING OF THE WHOLE ENCHILADA – ROBERTO’S STAGE
1:30 PM ENCHILADA EATING CONTEST – ROBERTO’S STAGE
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM HUACHA AND HORSESHOE FINALS
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
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