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Big Hats Bloom on Memorial Weekend at Cantu Cove
by Stockton Hill

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Big Hat Day on Sunday May 29, was a great day at one of San Felipe’s most beautiful beaches, Cantu Cove, all for a wonderful cause Casa de Fe orphanage.  There were about 170 people that contributed to a terrific time. All were there to help Casa de Fe orphange with the increased summer expenses.

The big hats were everywhere. There were hats hand painted and others with elaborate decorations and ornaments, some where tall and some were very small, yes even at a “big hat” day. One had a chrome job, and many were vibrant, colorful and whimsical. But with all the amazing hats on display, the clear crowd favorite was the Tecate sombrero by Shay Nasalroad. According to Shay, and his cohorts, they emptied 65 Tecate Roja cans to make it.  From the Tecate cans to the tiny caps, everyone that proudly displayed their big or small beautiful lids deserve a “Hats off”! Next year there will have to be a first, second and third place for hats, because there were just so many great creations to choose from.

In addition to big hats, there were big flavors. The second annual San Felipe Salsa Challenge  had six different hand made local salsas to taste and compare; and they were delicious. Over ninety people voted between the verde, roasted, the red, and the fruity salsa and the winner was Robbie Castaneda with a First Place in the People Choice category for his famous mango salsa; which was made fresh at the event. For the second year in a row Richard Lawrence took the Judge’s Choice with a unanimous decision for his tasty red “49er” salsa.

The Horseshoe Tournament had seven teams competing for $50 cash prize. The game was a double-elimination and competition was tough, but in the end the winners were John Breslin and Charlie Castelo of Team Big Pappas with a big double ringer finish over Shay Nasalroad and David DesRochers of Team Tecate. John and Charlie generously donated their winnings to Casa de Fe orphanage, which was much appreciated.  

In addition to the great salsa, many of the favorite local artists and crafters were on hand with their beautifully hand-crafted products. There were hats and jewelry, bright colored shirts and cool summer skirts, preserves and artists creations. There were great carne asada tacos and even better hot dogs; the dogs were so good they sold out. It was a good time with fun people in a beautiful location!

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