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May 5 is Cinco de Mayo and that means it’s time for the 39th Annual !Viva! Cinco de Mayo Festival and Statewide Menudo Cook-off at the Hays County Civic Center, 1249 Civic Center Loop. In addition to a variety of arts, crafts and music, the famous menudo cook-off brings many participants and secret recipes for the famous tripe soup (and reputed hangover cure) to the two day event.  It is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Texas.

On Friday, May 3, the festivities start at 7 p.m. with arts, crafts, food booths, a carnival and music by Lupe Vasquez Ultimate Sound, Elida Y Avante and David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales.

Saturday, May 4, kicks off with the traditional parade in downtown San Marcos at 9 a.m.  Back at the Civic Center, the menudo will be simmering where the judging will take place for the ultimate menudo honor. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the San Marcos CISD Folklorico Dancers will perform. The Little Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant will be held from 1-2 p.m. There will also be a jalapeno eating contest. The cook-off winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m.

The winners of the menudo cook-off will get more than just bragging rights. The first place winner will receive $1000, a trophy and the title Menudo State Champion. Second place gets $400 and a trophy and third place receives $200 and a trophy. Booth Showmanship is a separate trophy and comes with $100.

Music for Saturday will be supplied by Lupe Vasquez Ultimate Sound, El Ritmo, Wyzer, PeeWee & The Way It Tiz, Conjunto Calidad and Tejano Crew. The music will start up at 11 a.m. and continue until midnight.

Admission on Friday is $25 per person Admission on Saturday is $15 oer person at the door. Grounds admission fee is $2 per person with 10 and younger free.

The WorldWeb,com Travel Guide cites San Marcos’ !Viva! Cinco de Mayo! as one of the top ten Cinco de Mayo Festivals in the U.S.

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