Thousands of people packed downtown Atascadero for the 7th Annual Tamale Festival.
More than 30 tamale vendors sold their tamales at booths in the downtown area. Others sold beverages, Mexican food and other related products.
Live music, dancers and other attractions entertained the throngs of people. A chihuahua and pet costume contest attracted about a dozen well-dressed contestants.
The City of Atascadero also held a tamale eating contest, and a panel of judges tasted tamales and awarded several vendors with honors for having the most exotic or most authentic tamales.
The event kicked off with fireworks at 8:00 Friday night.
The event was originally going to be held January 14th, but the winter storms forced them to postpone the event until this past weekend.
The 7th Annual Atascadero Tamale Festival was a great success Saturday.