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Granger Community Celebrates A Unique Cultural Food

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 GRANGER, WA.- Local communities are celebrating in all different ways for labor day weekend, but in Granger they're having their annual Menudo Cook Off.

It's got all the great qualities of a homemade stew, with one extra stranger ingredient on the side.

 It's made with cows stomach lining, but locals in Granger say it's a community tradition and they've made over 200 pounds of the soup today.

"We did it for a cross cultural introduction to introduce people to Menudo, because its somewhat a scary term to some people," Carl Hurlburt, an event organizer, told us.

Judges at the cook off say the community has all sorts of different ways of preparing Menudo, no one person has the same secret recipe.

"You can add onions or tomatoes or whatever you want to add to give it more of a kick it's pretty good it doesnt sound good, but its like anything else, it is good," Festival Chairman Roy Cardenas told us.

Some cooks in the competition even add pigs hooves to their stew, but if you don't like Menudo, that's okay, there's more to do.

The festival includes a car show, local craft vendors, and even a community volleyball tournament with over thirty teams.  

The festival chairman says he's happy with the turn out and surprised to see their numbers double from last year.