Preparations are continuing for the 10th-annual National Indian Taco Championship, which will be held Oct. 4 in downtown Pawhuska.
"It will be a great time for children and adults, so we hope to see a huge crowd this year," NITC Chairman Patricia Wilson said.
For $5, visitors will be able to help in the judging by purchasing an Indian taco from one of the contestants.
The winning contestant receives a first-place prize of $1,500, while second place is worth $1,000 and the third-place finisher gets $500. Also, the Peoples Choice Award winner earns a $1,000 prize.
Prize money for the National Indian Taco Championship dance competitions are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Contestants must be age 16 or over for the dancing events, which includes Men’s Straight, Men’s Fancy, Women’s Cloth and Women’s Buckskin.
A Drum Competition will be held for a winner-take-all prize of $1,500. Sign-ups for Dance and Drum events are taken on the day of the championship.
Anyone interested in being a contestant or a non-food vendor should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208. NITC contestants pay a $50 registration fee, with a $15 surcharge for persons needing electricity. Vendor booth space is available for $30, or $50 with electric.
The day-long event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Mini train and pony rides are to be available for the kids and vendors will offer snow cones, baked goods, Native American beadwork, jewelry and art work, organizers said.
In addition to the Chamber, the event is sponsored by Osage Casino and the Osage County Tourism Bureau.