Zapata County Fair Trail Ride & CookOff



Official Entry Form


The entry fee is $200.00 per Team (Pan De Campo, Chicken and Charro Beans).  Each team is required to have three (3) cooks, each team is required to cook ten (10) Pan de Campo, ten (10) Whole Chickens and three (3) lbs. of Charro Beans.  All Categories will be judged individually, all entries must be cooked at the event (no pre-cooking or seasoning).  Complete rules are included; cookers meeting time and date will 7:00 am. on Saturday March 3rd. We are asking that each team prepare food for approximately 15 people on Saturday. 
Judging times are as follows: Pan De Campo 10am, Chicken 11:30am and Beans 12 noon.  Prizes will be awarded to the Overall Grand Champion Team, Overall Reserve Champion Team and 3rd Place Overall Team, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of all 3 categories.  This event is a fellowship to promote the Zapata County Fair.  Please come out and let’s have fun!



Joel and Jessica Cavazos, 2018 ZCF Parade Marshals

The Zapata County Fair Association board of directors have named Joel and Jessica Cavazos as the 2018 ZCF Parade Marshals. Joel and Jessica have been involved with county fair activities for 20 years. Throughout the years, they have enjoyed many county fair festivities from volunteering and participating at the annual trail ride, working the entrance gates, selling tokens at the token booths to raising hogs with their sons.  Jessica has also been a committee member for the queen’s contest. Not only do they participate with the ZCF festivities but they are also active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Making a positive difference in the lives of the youth of the community is one thing they hope to achieve.  They are compassionate about giving back to their community and offering a helping hand any way they can.

Longtime ZCF participants

Growing up, Jessica was a member of the 4-H Club in Zapata. Being in 4-H allowed her the opportunity to grow in leadership and life skills. She raised animals and participated in the baking and arts/craft divisions. Joel was a member of FFA throughout his high school years, raised hogs, and was actively involved with the livestock and horse judging teams. Today, he continues to teach his sons the responsibilities of raising and showing hogs for the county fair. He believes that children learn best by doing. Joel Cavazos, II, their oldest son, has been an active member and officer of Mesquite 4-H since he was in 3rd grade. He has raised hogs for the last 7 years and is now a ZHS freshman participating in FFA.   Joelito enjoys roping and riding horses. Jose Daniel is a 2nd grader at Villarreal Elementary and has been a clover kid with Mesquite 4-H since Kindergarten.  Jose Daniel enjoys helping his brother with the pigs whenever he can.  He has been preparing himself to show an animal by taking part in the Pee Wee Goat show since he was 3 years old.  Next year, he would like to raise rabbits for the fair.      

Joel and Jessica are honored to have been chosen as this year’s Parade Marshals. “Jessica and I have dreamed in the past of a moment like this, being that we are so passionate about The Fair, raising prize animals, and enjoying the family fun every year at this time. Thank you, [ZCF Association Committee] for such an honor,” said Joel. They would like to give a special thank you to the ZCFA for selecting them as this year’s Parade Marshals, and would like to invite everyone to “The Biggest Little Town Fair in Texas”!