Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

July 22, 2013

County’s Salsa makers are making tamales, again

Mineral Wells Index

— From staff reports

After recent, costly vandalism, the Palo Pinto Challenge salsa makers are trying to recoup expenses, bit-by-bit, by selling tamales at $10 per dozen.

The non-profit teaching program is currently taking orders through Aug. 9. To order, call 940-325-7100 or 254-672-5891. Pick-up days are Friday, Aug. 23, 3-5:30 p.m., at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, and Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Palo Pinto Challenge headquarters, in Strawn.

The group’s Strawn headquarters was the site of multiple acts of vandalism earlier this month.

Palo PInto Challenge has developed a garden for the personal use and enjoyment of its employees. The garden was recently equipped with a new soaker system. Sometime over the Fourth of July holiday, the system was turned on all the way and left running, pumping 16,000 gallons of water into the garden, flooding it and virtually destroying it.

Also vandalized was a large rock set in front of the building in 2000. Believed to be an Indian grinding stone, the approximately 10-inch tall and 2-foot wide rock was systematically destroyed and was found broken down to its base.

Strawn police continue to investigate these acts of vandalism to Palo Pinto Challenge.

In the meantime, the salsa makers are working hard to offset the unexpected costs. All proceeds for the tamale sale go to prove their motto, “Everyone can work with pride.”