That done, we entered one end of the part of town that was closed off for the festival. The first thing we came across, was a children's dance class where the dancers were of varying ages and doing traditional Mexican dances if full historic costumes. It was a fun show to watch a bit.
Strolling down the walk, What we saw, was a lot of booths side by side, each one belonging to a different tamale kitchen. The people in them were pulling tamales out of warmers, and serving up to the customers. There was a couple of booths that gave information and directions. They took your money for a packet of coupons. Every tamale being sold cost two tickets and you could buy any number of tickets with a discount for a packet of 10 or twenty. This kept the sellers from having to deal with money.
There were more varieties of tamale than I could imagine. Veggie, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, and then, pineapple, strawberry and many others. There is a basic contest between the vendors for the best tamales. A cheat sheet told you which vendors had what to offer, and the nice people at the front booth told us who were the winners from the previous year.
I'm not a big tamale person. I don't care for the corn meal casing. That said, I had quite a few different tamales, and though it wasn't the best food adventure ever, I did enjoy them all.
We met our other friends and walked around and saw what there was to see. On the opposite end from where we came in, they had a stage with a local band playing some rocking country music.
On our way out, we watched the kids dancing again and then started the long drive home. I would love to do this sort of thing again.
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