KRWGnews | Aug 22, 2011: 08.23.11 (LAS CRUCES) — On January 6, 1912 New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States and to help celebrate its centennial, state and local leaders plan commemorative events that start in Las Cruces.
There is something different happening at this year’s salsa fest, which is expected to draw hundreds of people to downtown Las Cruces.
“I think the best part about it is that it’s downtown, on Main street. Being born and raised in Las Cruces, I’m very happy to say that I like to see the progress that’s been happening on Main street and the obstacles that we have overcome to get our Main street back to what it use to be,” said Delia Rendon, who’s helping organize the event.
Main Street between Las Cruces avenue and Griggs Avenue will be closed for the celebration. Organizers say “Salsa Fest,” will launch a series of other events around the state.
“So from this point on, Las Cruces was the first to have the centennial kick off and then every city in the state of New Mexico will have some little event, going on for 16 months,” she said.
Creating the best salsa recipe is the main part of the program. A total of 22 people have signed up to be part of this historic gathering.
“There’s just regular people like you and I that enter the contest, they have to prepare all the salsa on site and last year they made about 15 to 17 gallons of salsa,” she said.
Cash prizes have gone up this year. First prize winner will get $1,000 with second place getting $750 and $500 to the third place winner.
“Depending on who’s getting the top three votes of the 22 people, then they will go to a panel of judges and then the judges will pick the first, second and third prize,” said Rendon.
Governor Susana Martinez is expected to give opening remarks at the event, which takes at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 28th in the Las Cruces downtown area.
Reported by Carlos Correa.