Peanut Valley festival may feature petting zoo

PNT Staff

Fifty craft booths. Eight food vendors. Maybe even a petting zoo and kiddy train.

The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival is featuring all those things, plus a few information tables and fundraisers, during its two-day run this weekend at Eastern New Mexico University, said Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant working with the event, based on the numbers she had Monday.

“I just think there’s a little of everything for everyone who’s interested,” Burds said.

The variety crafts, food and the children’s activities offer something of interest for many different people, she said.

Burds said she expected a local resident to come Monday to sign a contract to set up the petting zoo and children’s train outside the Campus Union Building.

“We’re definitely excited about the petting zoo and stuff because that’s something new we haven’t seen in a while,” she said.

As something else different, Burds said a new food vendor, Lala’s, would be selling stuffed sopapillas this year.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask if we’re bringing Cowboy Taters back,” she also said. “It’s one of the food vendors, and people seem really excited about that.”

Funnel cake, barbecue, fajitas, roasted corn and more are on the menu as well.

Among the craft booths, festival-goers can look for such things as jewelry, leather goods, T-shirts, hand-made pottery, soaps and art, including work from ENMU students.

A number of those vendors are new, and others are returning participants, Burds said. Some are local residents, while others come from out of town.

Also during the festival, ENMU’s Associated Students Activities Board is set to trade pumpkins for three non-perishable food items or $5 each in the CUB parking lot, according to a news release from the university.

Burds was expecting a crowd for the festival.

“I can’t give you an exact number, but there’s never a quiet moment when Peanut Valley Festival’s going on,” she said. “There’s always people here.”