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!



Leo and Letty Vera, 2019 ZCF Parade Marshals


Leo and Letty Vera have called Zapata Home since their marriage in 1987. Leo is currently employed by Bluestone Natural Resources and Letty for Zapata National Bank.  They are the proud parents of Stephanie Renee, Jose Leonel and Jon-Carlo Vera.


They got involved with the fair when Stephanie decided she wanted to raise a goat for the fair. Their neighbors the Rodriguez’s children Zar, Jesse and Luis always had animals in their yard for the fair and she thought it was the best thing ever. All three of the children have been active in 4-H and FFA. They have raised goats and turkeys thru their years. Stephanie and Jose have already graduated and Jon-Carlo is a Jr in Zapata High School and will be exhibiting a goat this year. 4-H and FFA have played a big role in their children’s lives; it has helped them build confidence and independence. Leo was an active member of FFA in Jim Wells County where he exhibited lambs throughout his high school years.

Leo became an active member of the Livestock Committee in 1999; he started as an assistant to the Goat Superintendent and then became Goat Superintendent and is now the Steer Superintendent.  In 2002 Leo and Letty took over as managers of the North 4-H Club from Zaragoza Rodriguez III; and since then have run the club along with Melissa Gonzalez and Marissa Chapa for the past three years. The 4-H motto says to live by doing and they do that by Community Service. Every year there is a Blanket/Sock and Toy Drive and with the participations of the both 4-H clubs they are able to provide local facilities of Adult Day Care Centers and Nursing Homes with Blankets and Socks and the Toys are distributed to local children’s centers.  It has become a tradition for over 10 years and the facilities already look forward to their donations.

Throughout the years members of North 4-H Club have collected food cans for the food pantry around the holidays starting with Thanksgiving; clean up days at the show barn and have played Loteriawith the residents at the Falcon Lake Nursing Home. From helping to collect at the gates of the fair entrance;  to selling tokens at the booths to helping in the annual  Prospect Show  Leo and Letty have done it. Leo is a member of the Lions Club and they are active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where Letty is a Faith Formation teacher for Confirmation Class.


She has served as a CCD teacher for over 15 years. Together they believe in family values and giving back to their community and look forward to continue to help out. They firmly believe that thru hard work and perseverance you can accomplish anything you want.  Leo and Letty are humbly pleased to have been chosen as the 2019 Parade Marshals by the Zapata County Fair Association and look forward to all the exciting activities planned for this years “Biggest Little Town Fair in Texas”.