Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Helena Rodriguez
PORTALES — It's just about peanut harvest time and that means it's almost time for the 31st annual Peanut Valley Festival.
The arts and crafts extravaganza takes place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, inside of the Campus Union Building on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. Admission is free.
For more than three decades, arts and crafts and food vendors from all over the country have flocked to the Peanut Festival to peddle their homemade, original crafts, jewelry, garments, knickknacks, art and food. About 115 vendors are expected in this year's festival that often serves as a sort of kickoff for the local holiday shopping season.
Train rides for kids may be offered again, and according to Jeff Blake, Student Activities and Organizations program coordinator, a campus fraternity may also offer tethered hot air balloon rides. As always, food vendors will sell popular delights such as funnel cakes, roasted corn, turkey legs, fried bread and cowboy taters.
For more information, contact Blake at 505.562.2227.