2nd Annual Hunt Hondo offers a full day of adventure for the whole family
The Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce plans for the 2nd Annual Hunt Hondo event, coming up Saturday, August 12. Paloma Pachanga, located at 1210 US Hwy 90 East, will host this year’s event and a full day of fun activities are being planned. Beginning promptly at 8am, the Rock Your Camo 5k, which was a huge success last year with over 75 participants, will start at the General Store at Paloma Pachanga and wind around the property offering a true cross-country jaunt! Fun for the whole family, be sure to register by August 4 to guarantee a souvenir t-shirt. Registration is $20 per person. Children age 5 and under can participate free of charge (no t-shirt). Race day registration is permitted, but there is no guarantee the participant will receive a t-shirt. Awards will be given to top runners and best camo attire.
The Texas Dove Hunters Association is bringing back the very popular Dove 101 class. This class will be held inside the General Store. Great for anyone new to hunting, this class encourages all who are age 8 and up. Included in the $15 registration, the class offers safety lessons, bird identification, ethics in the field and hands-on demonstrations. Lunch and a Dove 101 booklet are also included in this class.
Silver Creek Meat and Outdoor Gear is sponsoring an archery competition for the first time this year. The Archery competition will begin at 9am and will run throughout the day, giving everyone a chance to participate at a time that works for their schedule. Scores will be tallied at the end of the day and prizes will be awarded at 4pm. Traditional bows and arrows will be provided for youth and adult divisions. Pre-registration is $7 per division. Registration at the event is $10 per division. Prizes include trophies for the top 3 in each division, cooler and gift card package valued at $150, jerky box valued at $75, $100 fresh steaks package, outdoor edge processing kits, gift cards for the winners of each division and more. Divisions: Men and women for age 8 and under; 9-13, 14-17 and 18 and up.
Be sure to bring the little ones as we’re looking for the cutest kid all dressed up in camo attire. The Cutest Camo Kid must be 5 years old or younger and dressed to impress in their finest camo attire and gear (no live weapons). This event will take place at 10:00 under the pavilion. Winners will receive prizes for top boy, top girl and overall camo cutie.
Another first time addition to Hunt Hondo is Kid’s Fishin’. Sponsored by Legacy Irrigation, this activity is sure to to provide a day full of adventure for children up to age 14. For a $5 wristband, participants can fish from 9am to 4pm. There is no registration for this fun event. Bait will be provided for this catch and release activity, but you must bring your own lucky fishing pole.
Have you heard of Parisa? Well it’s only the most talked about delicacy in all of South Texas…or maybe just Medina county? Either way, we’re out to find out who makes the best parisa around! Parisa is a meat spread filled with spices, peppers, cheese and is cured with lime or lemon juice. Some say the perfect vehicle for the spread is a saltine cracker, and is best washed down with an ice cold beer. The origin of parisa dates back to the French/German settlers who brought the recipe with them and it lives on today. If you visit Hondo, Castroville, D’hanis or Quihi, you might find a slight variation in each recipe. What’s in your recipe? This year, for the first time, Hunt Hondo is proud to bring you the Parisa Pachanga! A “cookoff” of sorts for the county’s favorite snack. Bring your prepared dish to Hunt Hondo, and let the judges decide who truly has the best. Awards will be given based on appearance, flavor, texture and taste.
Bring all your friends out and enjoy the day shooting skeet with Rio Skeet Mobile Skeet Shoots. Offering shoots from 9am to 4pm, Rio Skeet Mobile Skeet Shoots offers multiple state-of-the-art skeet thrower machines, high-quality clay pigeons, and feel-good, party music. Shooting is a sport that’s fun for the entire family and Rio Skeet promotes safe shooting habits in a fun environment. $20 buys you as many clays as you can shoot! All you need to bring is your gun and ammunition.
Plan on staying all day as there will be food trucks providing options for breakfast and lunch.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page, Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce, for your chance to win 2 Rio Skeet Mobile Skeet Shoot wristbands. KCWM-AM 1460 will also be giving away 2 wristbands on the air.
Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Roxanne Carter said she was looking forward to an even bigger crowd this year over last. “We are proud of our agriculture heritage here in Medina County and this Hunt Hondo event is just another way we get to celebrate who we are through shooting sports, food, fun and family friendly outdoor activities. We encourage everyone to come and invite their out of town guests to be a part of this outdoor event as we celebrate hunting in God’s country.”
The Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce will also be selling raffle tickets for various items including 3 guns including a Cimmeron 45LC, an AR-15 and a Ruger 1-22, knives, camo attire, a 1 day fishing excursion and so much more! Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, from any board member or at the event!
Registration/entry forms for all events can be picked up at the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce office or click the appropriate link below. Registration forms for the Cutest Kids Camo contest can also be entered on the day of the event. For additional information regarding the Archery Competition, contact Rachel at 830-931-7702.