Edinburg Names Man and Woman of the Year

Carlos and Sister Guerra take the honors


Edinburg Names Man and Woman of the Year

Edinburg Chamber Man and Woman of the Year Carlos and Sister Guerra
Edinburg Chamber Man and Woman of the Year Carlos and Sister Guerra

Carlos and Sister Guerra, owners of La Muñeca Cattle Company, are the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Man and Woman of the Year.

For 30 years, Carlos and Sister Guerra have hosted the La Muñeca Field Day the first Saturday of October. The day brings in kids from all over South Texas to compete in livestock, hay judging and weight guessing contests. Speakers from across the state come to talk to 4-H and FFA kids about the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives.  La Muñeca Ranch also hosts several cattle shows throughout the year.

Extensive volunteerism

Carlos and Sister’s record of volunteerism is extensive. Of note is their involvement in the inception of the Linn San Manuel Community Improvement Corporation. For more than 30 years, the corporation has been instrumental in raising funds to support Brewster School, St. Anne’s Catholic Church and the Linn San Manuel Volunteer Fire Department. Sister served as the club manager and adult leader of the Linn San Manuel 4-H Club for more than 20 years. Carlos and Sister also served on the Brewster PTO and the Edinburg North FFA Booster Club. The Hidalgo County 4-H Foundation Board bestowed the title of Honorary Members to Carlos and Sister for their community service. They are also active in TJSSA, the Texas Junior Simbrah and Simmental Association, and the American Junior Simbrah Roundup.

Carlos and Sister were instrumental in the formation of the South Texas Agriculture Roundup. It provides our 4-H and FFA kids a second opportunity to showcase their animal projects. The Star Gala, which provides funds for the STAR show, was first hosted at La Muñeca Ranch. It grew to be so successful that it had to be moved to the Boggus Convention Center in Pharr.

The Muñeca legacy

Carlos’ great grandmother Antonia came from Mier, Mexico in the early 1807 in search of a better life for her family. The La Muñeca brand was registered in 1873, and the Guerra’s are still branding their cattle with this world renown brand.  Carlos began in the registered cattle business with his first 4-H project, a Red Angus bull name Pancho, and has been involved in registered cattle, 4-H, FFA and helping youth ever since.

In 1989, Carlos and Sister purchased all the registered cattle from Guerra Brothers and created La Muñeca Cattle Company. The family-owned and operation cattle ranch includes Simbrah and Brahman cattle.

In August 1980, Victor, Carlos’ youngest brother was killed in a camping accident, and the Guerra family created a scholarship fund to honor his memory.  Every spring, the Guerra Family interview graduating seniors from Edinburg and San Isidro, and award them memorial scholarships to help with their college careers.

Recognition Oct. 23

The Guerras receive honors Oct. 23 at the Edinburg Chamber’s annual Installation Banquet. The event takes place  at 6 p.m. at the Marbel Event Center, 1101 Alberta Road. The Edinburg Chamber will also be recognizing the Chamber Ambassador of the Year, the Outstanding Leadership Award recipient, numerous Outstanding Business Awards recipients and more.

Tickets for the banquet are $50 per person for members, and $60 per person for non-members. Tables for 10 are also available for $500 for members, and $600 for non-members. Attire will be semi-formal.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956-383-4974.