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4th Annual Yuma Taco Festival
The Taco Festival brings people from all over the southwest together as they enjoy activities, contests, live entertainment, food and refreshments. Festival goers are invited to feast on tacos as Yuma’s finest taco vendors compete for the title of ‘Yuma’s Taco King’. Sample and vote on your favorite salsa from local competitors vying for the chance to be ‘Yuma’s Salsa Queen’ winner. The Vendor Village will be filled with business and craft vendors for those who like to shop. Adults can visit the Cerveza Garden and Tequila Tent to enjoy Beer, Margaritas and Tequila. Entertainment for the kids will include piñatas, face-painting, jumpers, pony rides, games and more! Community performers will entertain from 11 am – 2 pm.
It’s true, Yuma is turning 100! The City of Yuma is commemorating this milestone with a week-long community celebration starting Monday, April 7, 2014 and ending with the largest event of the week on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 11am – 11pm at Desert Sun Stadium. The Fourth Annual Taco Festival (11am-11pm), one of Yuma’s most popular, free and tasty events, and the Centennial Music Festival (2pm-11pm) featuring local and regional bands with headliners Credence Clearwater Revisited and Lonestar.
The Taco Festival is a free event. Gates and box office for the Centennial Concert will open at 1pm, with performances starting at 2pm. Once inside the gates, Concert attendees can move throughout the Stadium with an official Concert wristband.
Who doesn’t love tacos?! Sign up to be a taco vendor and compete to become Yuma’s Taco King. Professional, amateur and/or fundraising/service organizations are invited to participate. There is a $150.00 booth fee and you may sell your tacos to the public. Local celebrity judges will decide who is Yuma’s Taco King! Contestants will have the opportunity to win a trophy for following categories: Best Chicken, Fish, Pork, Beef or Unique Taco. A $500 cash prize, crown & trophy will go to the winner of ‘Yuma’s Taco King’!
Have an old family salsa recipe that can’t be beat or a new idea that you’d like to try? Sign up to be one of the many salsa vendors featured at the Taco Festival. This Salsa contest is a traditional salsa competition. Contestants will have the opportunity to win a trophy for the following categories: Best Hot, Medium, Mild and Wild Salsa. There is a $20.00 fee to enter the salsa competition and it is open to everyone. A $500 cash prize, crown & trophy will go to the winner of ‘Yuma’s Salsa Queen’!
This year, for the first time, $1,000 dollars in cash prizes is being awarded! Gain additional exposure for your business to more than 10,000 attendees and win cash! The deadline for all taco/ salsa/ business and craft vendors is Friday, March 21st.
Business & Craft booths are available in the Vendor Village. Vendor booths are 10’ x 15’ spaces and are a great way to introduce your company, product, or service to more than 10,000 festival patrons. There is a $150.00 booth fee and you may sell your products to the public.
Local Performance Company’s are being sought to demonstrate their company’s talented students. Musicians, Bands, Folkloric, Martial Arts, Dance, Zumba, etc. – all are welcomed to participate. There is no fee to participate, but you are required to complete an application. We encourage you to get a vendor booth to increase your exposure.
For more information and to secure your spot, stop in at the Yuma Civic Center office, located at 1440 W. Desert Hills Drive, Yuma, Arizona 85365. You may also contact Carrie Ring at 928-373-5043, or Carrie.Ring@yumaaz.gov.
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