Thursday, February 4, 2010


The annual Wild Game Dinner of the Starr County Youth Fair has been set for Saturday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the James Peterson Memorial Building at the Starr County Fairgrounds. Serving will begin at 6:30. The event will officially kick off the 45th annual fair. Honored guest will be 2010 Starr County Fair Parade Marshal, Emma Gonzalez.

The Rio Grande City Rotary Club will coordinate the Wild Game Dinner again this year, with Starr County Fair Board President Billy Canales serving as chair. They invite the public to make plans to attend and help make this event a success. Contact information is available at

Tickets for the meal will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rio Motor Co. or from Rotary Club or Starr County Fair Association board members. A silent auction will be held, and donations to the Starr County Fair Association will be accepted. Proceeds from the fund raiser are used to provide scholarships to up to eight Starr County seniors.

Canales stated that many enthusiastic cooking teams have signed up to prepare and serve their specialties at the dinner. Some of the taste tempters prepared in previous years are fried catfish and shrimp, chicken fried venison, shrimp cocktail, turkey chili, quail on wild rice, eland (wild elk) shish kabobs and pan de campo, handmade corn tortillas, Japanese quail, pork and venison chili, cabrito guisado, venison burgers, puerco guisado, venison sausage and venison guisado, and delicious desserts. Beer, wine, water, and soft drinks will also be provided.

The Starr County Fair Queen’s Pageant will be at 6:00 on Sunday evening, February 21. The pageant will be held at the Fort Ringgold auditorium in Rio Grande City. Young ladies pre-k through high school are encouraged to compete for the title of Queen and Princesses in the Teen category, Pre-Teen category, and Petite category. The 2010 royalty will reign during the Starr County Fair and will ride in the parade and be featured at events throughout the fair. Anyone interested in participating in the pageant, call the Starr County Extension Office at 487-2306. Entry forms are available at

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