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Hunt Hondo in the Texas Hill Country at Paloma Pachanga

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Children ages five and up can enter the Cutest Camo competition, strutting their finest camo stuff (and gear… but no live weapons, please) for the Hunt Hondo judges. With prizes for the top boy, top girl, and overall camo cutie, it’s the kind of pageant (if you will) that a young outdoors enthusiast lives for! The fun doesn’t end there for kids. It continues with the return of the fishing experience – a catch-and-release activity for children up to age 14. Hunt Hondo will provide the bait. All you need to do is bring your favorite fishing pole!

Hunt Hondo in the Texas Hill Country at Paloma Pachanga
Photo: Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce

And that’s not all. Avid outdoorsmen and women will want to get their names in the raffles for top prizes, such as dove hunts, fishing trips, and hunting-related items and sports gear! Hunt Hondo has attracted a variety of sponsors who have kindly donated some amazing prizes to the event. A few lucky ticket-holders will get to carry those prizes home! However, don’t leave before you experience the Dove Dance and the Parisa Pachanga tasting.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. and featuring live music by Landry Scott Ritter & Double Bogey, the Dove Dance at Hunt Hondo is one of the highlights of the day’s events. Taking place at the new pavilion at Paloma Pachanga, you can cut a rug with your sweetheart in conjunction with the Parisa Pachanga tasting! Sound like a mouthful? It certainly is – and one you’ll enjoy wholeheartedly. Tickets for this toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing evening are available on the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce website at the link available here or at their office (1113 17th St.). Tickets include access to the parisa-tasting portion of the night as well.

Those who are unfamiliar with Parisa are in for a treat! The recipe for this tasty, Texas Hill Country delicacy was passed down through the generations by the French/German families who settled the area many years ago. Medina County (specifically Hondo and the surrounding area) is famous for it. This unique meat spread is traditionally made with finely chopped raw beef (or bison or venison, depending on the family recipe), onions, peppers, spices, and cheddar cheese. Cured using lemon or lime juice, Parisa is similar to a pate of sorts and is known to best be served on a saltine, preferably accompanied by an ice cold local brew! This is the second year for Hunt Hondo to host the Parisa Pachanga tasting. Last year’s winner (Alvarez Meat Market) is still riding the wave of bragging rights!