Portales, NM – June 23, 2023 – Eastern New Mexico University and the City of Portales proudly announce the first-ever Rally on Main event September 29-30 hosted on Main Street in Downtown Portales.
"This event is the beginning of what we at ENMU intend to be many such ENMU/Portales collaborations to show off our fun, friendly, family-oriented community," said James Johnston, ENMU President. "I hope for a great campus and community turnout to welcome the families of our students and enjoy all the fun and festivities."
The fun starts Friday night as ENMU and the City of Portales present live music from 5 to 9 p.m. on the stage located at 413 S. Main Ave. Eastern New Mexico's own "The Pony Creek Trio" will open the show from 5 to 7 p.m. and then the husband-and-wife duo from Ruidoso, New Mexico "The Hamilton's" will play from 7 to 9 p.m.
Enchantment Vineyards will host a beer and wine garden from 5 to 9 p.m. at 413 S. Main Street, featuring beer and wine vendors from around New Mexico. Food trucks, inflatables, and other fun activities will also happen on Main Street on Friday night.
On Saturday, ENMU and the City of Portales will host a community pep rally at 1 p.m. featuring ENMU and Portales High School sports teams, bands, and cheer squads. Saturday will also feature food trucks, inflatables, a DJ, and performances from the ENMU music department throughout the day.
U.S. Bank Family Weekend events will also be held downtown as the annual Family Weekend Presidents BBQ has been relocated from campus to 311 Entertainment, and the annual Family Weekend morning breakfast meet and greet has been relocated from campus to The Courthouse Café.
Main Street will be closed from Highway 70 to 5th Street starting at 3 p.m. on Friday and will reopen after 3 p.m. on Saturday.