SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Hundreds of people showed up to chow down at the Second Annual Menudo Festival at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Barbara.

The event is one of the primary fundraisers for the Santa Barbara Police Department's Youth Explorer Program.  Sergeant Riley Harwood said, "We really try to give these kids every opportunity to participate. We pay for everything; uniforms, equipment, and travel expenses so they can attend competitions."

The program is made up of local youth, ages 14 to 20, who are considering a career in law enforcement. They are introduced to every aspect of the job, including going on ride-alongs.

The winners of the Second Annual Menudo Festival are:

Judges' Choice and Menudo Festival Champion: Taqueria La Colmena

People's Choice:

1. Tacos Pipeye Mexican Food

2. La Tapatia Bakery

3. Cesar's Place

Most Festive Booth:

1. Delgado's Mexican Restaurant

2. La Tapatia Bakery

3. Taqueria El Bajio