Zwolle was originally an Indian village that was occupied by the Spanish Province of Texas, and was settled by the descendants of French and Spanish adventurers. Every year the city holds their Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta to celebrate the rich Spanish and Indian heritage of the people of the town.
This year, the 42nd Fiesta begins Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Fiesta Trail Ride. The locals are inviting all riders and riding clubs to saddle up your horses for departure at 2 p.m. from Zwolle’s festival grounds. Following the ride, there will be live music performed by The Black Rose Band.
Senior Citizens Day will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and it is sponsored by Toledo Retirement and Rehab on Oct. 12. Festival gates will be opened later that day at 4 p.m. with a $2 admission and shortly after, the fiesta will officially be kicked off with supper and opening ceremonies. 2017 Fiesta Royalty are going to be presented just before Jerad Bridges and Nick Raborn play some funky tunes.
Friday, Oct. 13 be sure to stop by El Charrito Mexican Grill at 7 a.m. for the King’s Breakfast and again at 11 a.m. for the First Lady’s Luncheon. The festival gates will be opened at 4 p.m. with a $5 admission. Live music will begin that evening at 4:30 with a full line up for the evening. Wesley Mitchell & The Roadhouse Rebels, Showcase of Stars, LA Express, and DJ Hunter Malmay will be playing.
Early Saturday morning, people can gather for the 1 mile run and 5k run before the parade starts at 10 a.m. leaving Zwolle High School. A treasure hunt will ensue where clues will be hidden all throughout the festival grounds. The winner will receive a $500 savings bond. The Toledo Cruisers Car Club Carshow will be followed up by a Spanish costume contest and a tamale eating contest. There will be live music that evening also and you can find the line up on their Facebook page.
Come on out to enjoy Johnson’s Rides and Concessions, Arts & Crafts, Food Booths and of course TAMALES.