This year’s Salsa Fest celebration will be a departure from the norm.
Salsa Fest began in 2000 under the direction of Murrell Foster, executive director of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. However, last year, the chamber board voted to discontinue their support of the event because of a change in sponsors.
Around the same time, First National Bank decided to end its seven-year run of operating the salsa competition.
Subsequently, the city of Three Rivers decided to take over, and event facilitator Barbara Dezell was hired to manage the event—which was recast to combine July 4 festivities with the tradition of Salsa Fest.
This new festival will feature a salsa tasting contest, miscellaneous acts, two stages of continuous music, child rides, various food and craft vendors and an evening fireworks display.
It is free to the public, and a long list of performers will take to the stage to kick off the event. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Local Tejano musicians Grupo Moya also joins the array of performers, which includes the Chris Rybak Band (with Santiago Jimenez), the Brush Country Music Jamboree (with guest performers Ricky Turpin playing twin fiddles with Joe Nixon), South Texas performing legend Al Dean, the gospel-based Rocky Roberts Family, Cadeno y Sus Cojuento, Rob “Elvis” Carter, South of Heaven, Gary Glenn, 20X, the Pear Ratz, Sally Carlson, Debbie Reider, Curtis Richard, Rick Maguglin and Conrad Gonzales Jr.
Additionally, the Reguladores Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Choke Canyon Chapter, will be on hand to sponsor biker competitions and biker games with many contests and prizes.
Anyone who wishes to inquire about the Salsa Fest can contact Dezell at (361) 436-2069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.