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Whole Enchilada Fiesta bounces back, bigger and better than ever
By: Gina Benitez
LAS CRUCES, N.M.
Thousands of people made their way out this weekend for three days of food, fun and of course, a piece of the giant enchilada.
"It's pretty good. It's pretty good," said Daniel Martinez.
The Whole Enchilada Fiesta brings in around 40,000 people each year from more than 20 states.
"We did this, we made this happen here after they said we couldn't do it anymore. So yeah, the hashtag is 'never quit'," said Michael Estrada, the organizer's grandson.
The celebration has been going on for 33 years, but last year was the first year it didn't happen over that stretch.
"It was really disappointing for my crew, for Mr. Estrada. This is his life, this is what he likes to do and he's willing to do this until who knows, until he dies he's willing to do this. He wants to do this," said Michael.
"It was because of the burners, we couldn't get them on time, so we had to skip that year and now, we're back," said Roberto Estrada, the founder of the fiesta.
Around 40 people got together to make the giant dish and the burners were all donated this year and they were there on time.
"They've pretty much maintained their reputation so I mean, we've enjoyed coming out every single year," Martinez said.
This fest has been recognized as one of the top 100 events in the country and the third largest in New Mexico.