TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The sites, sounds and smells of a fiesta are filling Topeka's Oakland neighborhood this week.
Topeka's Fiesta Mexicana royalty cut the ribbon to officially kick off the 79th Annual Fiesta Mexicana Tuesday night. The event on the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church grounds benefits Holy Family School.
Opening night festivities heated up when the annual Country Legends 106.9 jalapeno-eating contest took to the stage. Topeka's Pat Barrett came out the winner by stomaching 13 of the peppers over two rounds. He takes home a $500 prize for his efforts.
Frank Hardy of Scranton downed 12 peppers for second place.
The Fiesta food sales and carnival get underway at 4 pm nightly through Saturday. Entertainment begins at 6 pm each night.
Parking is limited in the neighborhood, so attendees are encouraged to ride the Fiesta shuttle busses. They leave from the city parking lot at SE 8th and Madison. Cost is $1 round trip, $5 maximum per family.