Holiday activities include music, games, fireworks

Argen Duncan

Uncle Sam on stilts, belly dancers, a bean bag toss and, of course, fireworks contributed to the mix at the Portales Fourth of July Celebration.

The event, paid for mainly with community donations, took place Monday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff members organized the celebration.

Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said he was pleased with the turnout.

“It’s come together like a community party, which was what we were hoping for,” he said, adding organizers aimed to create a laid-back time families could enjoy.

About five live bands and seven vendors with booths came to the event, he said. Terry hopes to see more vendors next year.

Chamber Promotions Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the children’s games were going well.

Musician Colton Stevens, a member of the band Within Waking, said the celebration was one of his favorite shows because of the interaction with the crowd.

“That really gets us pumped up,” he said.

Hana Weaver, who attended the celebration and performed with Fusion Funk belly dance group, said she was having fun. She would like to see a bigger tent for more shade next year.

Charlotte Casey, also of Fusion Funk, said the event was family-friendly.

Attendees also had good things to say about the fireworks show, put on by Stone Braker Rocky Mountain Fireworks of Denver for the second year in a row.

“It was fantastic,” said Jesenya Olivas, 8, throwing out her arms.

Sabreena Aranda said she saw new types of fireworks in the show.

The 3-D glasses Stripes convenience store gave out enhanced the view of the fireworks, said Bill Parson of Portales.

“It was like you could reach out and touch them,” he said.

Parson said the show was the best he’d seen in a while.

Terry also called the show synchronized to music on KSEL outstanding.By Argen Duncan

PNT Senior Writer

aduncan@pntonline.com

Uncle Sam on stilts, belly dancers, a bean bag toss and, of course, fireworks contributed to the mix at the Portales Fourth of July Celebration.

The event, paid for mainly with community donations, took place Monday evening at the Eastern New Mexico University athletic fields. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce staff members organized the celebration.

Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said he was pleased with the turnout.

“It’s come together like a community party, which was what we were hoping for,” he said, adding organizers aimed to create a laid-back time families could enjoy.

About five live bands and seven vendors with booths came to the event, he said. Terry hopes to see more vendors next year.

Chamber Promotions Director Sandy Van Der Veen said the children’s games were going well.

Musician Colton Stevens, a member of the band Within Waking, said the celebration was one of his favorite shows because of the interaction with the crowd.

“That really gets us pumped up,” he said.

Hana Weaver, who attended the celebration and performed with Fusion Funk belly dance group, said she was having fun. She would like to see a bigger tent for more shade next year.

Charlotte Casey, also of Fusion Funk, said the event was family-friendly.

Attendees also had good things to say about the fireworks show, put on by Stone Braker Rocky Mountain Fireworks of Denver for the second year in a row.

“It was fantastic,” said Jesenya Olivas, 8, throwing out her arms.

Sabreena Aranda said she saw new types of fireworks in the show.

The 3-D glasses Stripes convenience store gave out enhanced the view of the fireworks, said Bill Parson of Portales.

“It was like you could reach out and touch them,” he said.

Parson said the show was the best he’d seen in a while.

Terry also called the show synchronized to music on KSEL outstanding.