Wapato Tamale Festival

Lewis Valladares, left, and Kerek Valdez prepare an order of tamales at Lupe's tacos and tamales stand set up for the seventh annual Tamale Festival in Wapato on Oct. 8, 2011. Lupe Gutierrez -- who runs the stand and has won the competition three times -- said she and others made about 6,000 tamales for the event. Photo by Andy Sawyer

Lewis Valladares, left, and Kerek Valdez prepare an order of tamales at Lupe's tacos and tamales stand set up for the seventh annual Tamale Festival in Wapato on Oct. 8, 2011. Lupe Gutierrez -- who runs the stand and has won the competition three times -- said she and others made about 6,000 tamales for the event. Photo by Andy Sawyer

The Wapato Tamale Festival is an annual event hosted by the Wapato Chamber of Commerce each October. The event includes dancing, vendors, live music, and of course, tamales. Free admission. For more information, call 509-877-4262.