In spite of the trials, Cranfill said the group is holding together and trusting in each other.
"They see themselves as a family," she said. "They're just the 'Salsa Crew.' What one doesn't know how to do, someone else will go and help. They work together as a family. We'll bounce back from it, but what a dirty deal. Actually, we might have to swim back from it."
Palo Pinto Challenge hopes to raise some of the needed funds during this month's tamale sale. Cranfill said orders can be placed now through mid-August and the pork tamales are $10 per dozen. Pick up dates are July 23 at the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce and July 24 at the Palo Pinto Challenge building in Strawn. To order call 940-325-7100 or 254-672-5891.
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