Downtown Safford was the place to be this past weekend thanks to the 2021 SalsaFest. The Chihuahua races drew large crowds Saturday morning and people also enjoyed the SalsaFest Challenge, a car show and live music and other performances.

The first place winner in the Judges' Choice SalsaFest Challenge was Beatrice Driver, who won $1,000. Cecille Price came in second and Buck Childress was the third place winner. The first place winner in the People's Choice category was Deanna Best, who won $500, followed by Yvonne Sandoval and Krysta Maltos.

Best’s “D Best” salsa won both the Judges' and People's Choice awards in 2019. Prior to Saturday, she'd won 10 awards in seven years of participating in the competition. She told the crowd Saturday she puts her "heart and soul" into her salsa.

The Best Presentation Award went to Leah Nabor of Safford. 

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