Armadillo Fest returning to Victoria

Camille Doty

Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:13 a.m.

The "Armadillo Fest" in name is returning to Victoria after a near 20-year hiatus. But, the modern version of the festival has some different elements like a micro wrestling federation.

In the past, the Chamber of Commerce backed the event. And now, private promoters have decided to revive it.

The all-day festival is scheduled for Sept. 3. Roger Creager will be the headliner.

Homer Escalante, one of the entertainment coordinators, said he wanted the focus to be more about the event itself and less about him.

Lionel Cardosa is one common aspect between the past and present. He said he's excited the Armadillo Fest is returning to Victoria. The 67-year-old from Mission Valley said he would serve as the armadillo race coordinator.

Cardosa said the competition is one of the least predictable elements.

His advice for those who dare to enter: "You've got a starting line and a finish line. When someone says 'go' you go."

He said there is not a lot of training involved.

On the group's Facebook page, people have questions and the responses appear on a need-to-know basis.

Tickets are available through Ticketweb, a partner of Ticketmaster. A customer service representative confirmed there are 6,000 tickets for the event. The amount sold so far, has not been disclosed.

Some individuals said they are skeptical of the present-day festival.

"As far as I know, it has no connection whatsoever to the previous festivals," said Henry Wolff Jr. He, at one point co-chaired the event. Wolff said it was a community-involved event.

He's concerned people who remember the original festival will have a certain expectation and be disappointed.

"You can't repeat the happenings once they've already happened."



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