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Community groups plan fall festivals

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The Pinata Festival coordinated by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce will return this year to the Chaves County Courthouse. The event took place at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, as shown in this 2019 photo. (Christina Stock Photo)

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Piñata Festival, Chile Cheese Festival will occur on separate weekends

Community festivals — such as the annual Piñata Festival, which is organized by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce, and MainStreet Roswell’s Chile Cheese Festival — didn’t take place during the pandemic.

But restrictions have been eased and members of both nonprofit organizations are looking forward to bringing the festivals back.

The first festival will be the 34th Annual Piñata Festival, from Sept. 10 to 12, at the Chaves County Courthouse lawn.

Marcos Nava, executive director of the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce, said there will be plenty of fun for kids and adults during the three days of the festival.

“We’re going to have live music, various Tejano, Cumbia bands throughout the day, DJ music also, and then we are going to have our favorite event during the Piñata Festival, which is breaking piñatas. We all think that piñatas are for young kids, but you know what? We’re going to have something for the older folks, mature people, and we are going to invite adults to participate and come and break some piñatas. I think it’s going to be fun,” Nava said.

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Nava said that the popular taco and jalapeño eating contests will take place separately on Friday and Saturday.

“We are going to be a family-fun event, no charge for people to come and participate,” he said. “Just come, enjoy the music. We’re going to have vendors, food trucks, individual booths that will sell Mexican food, Tex-Mex food, barbecue food — all kinds of delicious food for people to enjoy. We’re hoping to have other types of booths. We are going to have jewelry, informational booths. We are going to have toys.”

Nava said that the dancing group Asi se Baila Ballet Folklorico will be part of the entertainment. The group won the Spirit Award for their float at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair’s annual parade in 2019.

“Anyone interested in participating, anyone who wants stage time, anyone who wants to be a vendor, any people that have any questions about the event, they can call me,” Nava said.

Nava said that people can bring their own lawn chairs for a Catholic morning mass on Sunday.

In 2019, the Piñata Festival and Chile Cheese Festival were combined and held on one weekend.

Asked why the two organizations didn’t do this again, Molly Boyles from MainStreet Roswell wrote in an email, “The 2019 event was an experiment to see if the fairgrounds were a good fit for our events and also to see if the carnival would help draw more people. MainStreet Roswell decided the fairgrounds was not the right fit for our event, and we are going back to our roots by hosting the event on the courthouse lawn.”

Nava said, “I enjoyed working with them tremendously when we combined it that one year. I like working with MainStreet Roswell volunteers. They are great people.”

“Both the Chile Cheese Festival and the Piñata Festival have their own draw for both vendors, musicians and attendees, so it makes sense that we would go back to each having our own events,” Boyles said.

The Chile Cheese Festival will take place on Sept. 24 and 25.

Updates will be posted on each organization’s respective Facebook page. More information is also available on their websites.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

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