Indian Taco Festival returns here Saturday

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The National Indian Taco Championship is scheduled this Saturday in downtown Pawhuska.

This year’s 10th-annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors pay $5 to judge the entries, either as a preliminary judge or a people’s choice-award judge.

Contestants who qualify during the preliminary rounds will compete in the finals for prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. Winners in the People’s Choice Category are awarded $1,000.

The event also will include an Indian Dance Competition. Prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third in each of the following categories: age 16 and over, men’s straight, men’s fancy, women’s cloth and women’s buckskin. Children’s exhibition dances are set to begin at 11 a.m.

In the drum competition, there is a winner-take-all prize of $1,500.

During the NITC, Atlas Broadband will be providing free Wi-Fi in the downtown area. In addition to rides and other concessions, there is to be a table raffle — with proceeds going to support the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and the Pawhuska FFA. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and winners will be named at the same time as the taco champions.

Following the taco championship, there will be a BBR barrel racing competition at the Osage County Fairgrounds. The $1,000-added event begins at 6 p.m. and there is free gate admission.

Contest entries were still being accepted early this week. Non-food vendors also were being sought. More information can be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208.