National Indian Taco Championship chair Patricia Counts said Saturday’s festivities were “our biggest year, yet.”
The festivities include the indian taco competition, Native American dance demonstrations, an inter-tribal powwow, vendors and inflatables and games for children.
The championship is presented by the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce with sponsorships from the Osage Nation Foundation, the Osage Nation, BlueSky Bank, Visit the Osage, Osage Casino, Vyve Broadband, Little Rain Song Loft, the Bank of Pawhuska, Enbridge, Sister’s Attic, Lorec Ranch Home Furnishings and Little Cupcake Boutique.
“We think the event was very successful,” Counts said. The powwow was phenomenal.”
The event revolves around the National Indian Taco Championship competition, which includes two round of judging and the People’s Choice Award.
This year’s winners were:
• Grand Champion: Factory Fry Bread, Tahlequah, $2,000
• Second: Ponca NAC, $1,500
• Third: Strike Axe Tacos, Pawhuska, $1,000
• People’s Choice Award: Strike Axe Tacos, Pawhuska, $1,000
Growth in downtown Pawhuska added to the draw of the championship, Counts said. The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile opened after the 2016 championship, and Counts said the store brought in additional people. Downtown merchants, including The Mercantile, were open during the festival.
“All the growth downtown has helped and it will continue to grow as downtown continues to grow,” she said.
Counts also thank the championship’s sponsors, vendors and volunteers. She said it takes a lot of people to put on the event.
“We just want to thank everyone for all their hard work,” she said.