Event organizers promise fun festivals

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Focusing on activities and fun for the whole family, organizers are ready to kick off the annual Peanut Valley Festival on Saturday.

Held in the Campus Union Building on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University, the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, said Tracy Henderson, director of Student Activities and Organizations at ENMU.

New this year will be a free fall carnival for the kids. The carnival will feature games such as tic-tac-toe, a fishing pond, ring toss and a cake walk. The intent is to provide activities for the kids to participate in, Henderson said.

“It’s things you would traditionally see at a fall carnival,” Henderson said.

Entertainment will also be incorporated into this year’s festival. Bluegrass, country, singers and dancers will perform on the stage in the ballroom, Henderson said.

Food will also be a big part of this year’s festival. There will be over 10 food vendors, offering items such as smoothies, Navajo tacos, funnel cakes, barbecue and turkey legs, Henderson said.

“You want it, we got it,” Henderson said.

In year’s past, ENMU worked with an outside company who organized and brought in the vendors. It was decided that the vendor process should be brought in-house and ENMU partnered with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Henderson said.

“Eastern approached us and asked if we would be willing to take over the vendor aspect of the Peanut Valley Festival,” said RCCC events coordinator Kinsey Barker.

According to Barker, she and chamber staff have been busy preparing for the annual event. Duties have included contacting vendors, booth assignments, media promotions, press releases and booking entertainment, she said.

“It’s been busy especially being in conjunction with the quilt show,” Barker said.

Over 80 vendors will be selling a variety of high quality arts and crafts. Everything from jewelry, salsas, jams, honey, peanuts, furniture and many other items, Barker said.

“There will definitely be something for everyone and it’s a prime opportunity to start your Christmas shopping,” Barker said.

At a glance:

What: High Plains Quilt Festival
When: Today and Saturday
Where: Memorial Building
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Both days

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Mystery Quilt Class
11 a.m. – Narrow Accent Borders
12:15 p.m. – Stained Glass Appliqué
1:30 p.m. – Ruching with Fabrics or Ribbon
2:30 p.m. – Binding a Quilt

10 a.m. – Tools of the Trade
10:45 a.m. – Precision Piecing
11:30 a.m. – Fabric Postcards
12:15 p.m. – Scrappy String Quilts
1:30 p.m. – Ergonomics: Relaxing While Sewing or Quilting
2:15 p.m. – Blocking your Quilt
3 p.m. – Color Theory

What: Peanut Valley Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Campus Union Building located on the Eastern New Mexico University campus
Time: Saturday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.