Hertiage Days features music, games

PNT staff

This year’s Heritage Days features old-fashioned games, the Roosevelt County Fair Queen contest and recognition of the Pioneers of the Year.

The annual community event is set for June 17-19, with most activities taking place in City Park. There is no admission charge for any event, although vendors will offer items for sale.

“Overall, the big thing that we’ve done this year is try to add more fun with the games and try to get the heritage part back in Heritage Days by honoring our pioneers,” said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry.

Saturday’s schedule includes introduction of the 2010 Pioneers of the Year, Joe Blair and Marie and Melvin Littlejohn. People who receive the title must have lived in the county for at least 40 years and served the community.

The old-fashioned games, which have appeared at times in the past, include a sack race, peanut toss and family relay. Terry hopes to have a celebrity stick horse race as well.

Winners will receive prizes such as pool passes and restaurant gift certificates, he said.

As another new item this year, the Fair Queen contest has become part of Heritage Days. Also, people interested in geocaching can participate in the public “Geocaching 101” class Friday night at City Park, Terry said.

For music, Terry said David Nash of the Floyd Jamboree is bring a group to play country Christian music on Friday. On Saturday, Don Thomas, acting as the first-ever Heritage Days Master of Ceremonies, will give announcements, and then the Local Country Music Show will start.

“It’s local talent, primarily, on Saturday,” Terry said. “It can be a variety of stuff, but it’s mostly country.”

About 3 p.m. Saturday, the music format changes to feature more professional musicians playing bluegrass and gospel music.

“Booth-wise, we’re completely full inside the Memorial Building,” Terry said. “We usually always have room outside.”

As of Thursday afternoon, 45 vendors and non-profit organizations had signed up for booths. Terry expected to have the normal number of 50-60 booths by the time Heritage Days rolled around.

Food offerings include barbecue, Tasty Taters, snow cones and Papa Murphy’s pizza, Terry said. Face-painting, pony rides and horse-drawn wagon rides are to be available as well.

Terry said Eastern New Mexico Antique Automobile Club and Sun Country Car Club are bringing back the “hugely popular” Heritage Days Car Show again this year. Anyone in the community can register.

“You’ve got to wander through the car show because there’s always something different,” Terry said.

Sunday includes the traditional church service in the park, followed by more Gospel Grass music.