Umatilla woman takes menudo crown

— A hometown rookie nearly took first place at 14th Menudo Festival here Sunday.

But a two-year veteran from Umatilla, Ore., won the crown from a panel of eight judges, including rookie judge David Pearson, Granger Schools athletic director.

“He’s never eaten menudo before, but he did very well,” co-organizer Ross Aparicio said. “His choices were totally unbiased.”

Delma Bernal, 41, was the winner. She’s been making menudo two years.

Second went to Joe Torres, 33, of Granger. Torres offered his fifth batch ever for the contest. He looked at a recipe online. The ingredients were similar to pozole. So he made pozole with tripe.

Third went to Jessica Ledezma of Umatilla. There were nine contestants, including one who offered vegan menudo.

Chamber of Commerce President Roy Cardenas was slightly disappointed in turnout. On the other hand, it was a warm day. Cold water was the drink of the day.

The volleyball tournament lasted until the heat of the day. The Cancer Fun Run-Walk ended about 10 a.m. Still, the day was festive, with little space for additional activities at Hisey Park. Every parking spot within reasonable walking distance was taken.

The Top 4 finishers in the volleyball tournament were Hood River Cherry, Team Vickers, Spike City and Super Friends.

The winner of the 10K run was Lea Anthony, 10, of Wapato. He covered the course in 57 seconds, a few paces ahead of adult Gilberto Garcia. Top 3 in the 5K run were Jonathan Salcedo of Granger, Alberto Molina of Granger and Tavian Valenzuela of Grandview.

The 5K walk’s top two spots went to Lilia Villarreal and Angie Sanchez, both 82 and both avid daily walkers, frequently seen together.

The 5K senior division winners were Fidel Amaro, 64, Sunnyside, and Alfredo Munoz, 56, Granger.

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