Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

Freedom New Mexico

The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families.

The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, will celebrate the last weekend of July as they have for the last 43 years — with a parade and entertainment starting at 10 a.m. Texico time (11 a.m. in Farwell).

The Border Town Days gathering started as a spin-off of a rodeo event in Bovina, but took on its own identity in years following.

Mike Pomper, committee chairman for the event, said local musicians play, and there is a parade and rides for the children.

Though some former Farwell and Texico residents will travel for hours to attend, Pomper insists the event isn’t a huge hoopla.

“It’s a hometown thing. We don’t try to publicize it a lot because it’s a very friendly thing. It’s just a community celebration.”