By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008
Denise Jordan, festival chairperson, and Betty Calley, former chairperson and current festival consultant, welcome you to the Sapulpa Rotary Salsa Festival on Saturday, June 7.
Thirty years ago Route 66 was replaced by Interstate 55, but the historic road continues to live on. Each year its legacy is celebrated with many bustling commemorative festivities. The city of Sapulpa is proud to be located in the heart of Route 66, and the entire city gathers annually the first weekend in June to celebrate this beloved part of Oklahoma’s past.
This spring, the Sapulpa Rotary Club is pleased to be returning for the second year with their Salsa Festival, in conjunction with the Route 66 Blowout Celebration. Freshly-made salsa has always been an Oklahoma favorite, and the event gives everyone a chance to sample various creations of the flavor-filled sauce.
“Last year’s salsa event was something new and different to add to the annual festival, and the response was incredible,” said Denise Jordan, chairperson. “All of the competitors are local people who are enthusiastic about their hobby of making salsa.”
The Sapulpa Rotary Salsa Festival takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Salsa samples will be available at each competitor’s booth and will be sold in various quantities for a small fee. For example, the previous year’s cost for 10 samples, each including a bag of tortilla chips, was $3.00.
The salsa will be judged in three categories: mild, medium and hot, with the winners announced at noon. Festival attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for “People’s Choice” – winner of the very best salsa.
Both red and green salsa varieties will be ruled upon, and products will be on hand for sale to the public.
“Many combinations, all very innovative and fresh, can be tasted. The whole event is enjoyable for participants and patrons alike,” said Betty Calley, last year’s event chairperson. “This is also a good opportunity for the Rotary Club to be more visible in the community.”
The Sapulpa Rotary Club, originally formed in 1917, is a vital component of the Sapulpa community. All proceeds of the festival will directly benefit the population of the city through charities, education and numerous other programs.
Another enjoyable ingredient of the Route 66 celebration is the display of local artistic talent. The Sapulpa Arts Program will be holding a juried art show in conjunction with the festivities. Cash prizes, awards and ribbon recognition will be bestowed on works in varying categories, and many of the participants will have art available for purchase.
June 3 is the deadline for those interested in competing in the Sapulpa Rotary Salsa Festival. Forms and information can be obtained by contacting Denise Jordan via e-mail at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
The celebration will be held at the “Big Salsa Tent” at Courthouse Plaza on the 300 block of East Dewey.
Come out and enjoy fresh air, tasty salsa, exemplary works of art and an overall great time on Saturday, June 7 in the heart of historic Route 66!