Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

Clarence Plank

The 37th annual Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday was a busy day for vendors, local shoppers and some who attend the festival every year.

Vendors came from North Carolina, Florida, west Texas and New Mexico.

Cheri Quinn, owner of Kountry Klutter in Roswell, is a regular at the festival.

“I’ve been coming here for six years,” Quinn said. “Last year we did well as far as business goes. It was unusual and this year is about average for sales.”

The festival had 50 craft booths, eight food vendors, a petting zoo and a kiddy train.

Britnie Burds, Campus Life graduate assistant, helped organize the event and said some vendors had to be turned down.

“We had more who were interested, but we didn’t have enough power to supply to them,” Burds said.

Pearl Tivis of Clovis comes to the festival every year and always finds something new. This time it was a wind chime that twirls.

“Last year they had some Egyptian sheets for $20 for a good (thread) count which was nice,” Tivis said about the quality of the sheets. “I enjoy coming out with my husband and see what they have in the food court.”

The festival continues today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building.