Harvest Fest

Mimbres Valley event celebrates 15 years


The Mimbres Valley Health Action League (MHVAL) presents the 15h Annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the San Lorenzo Elementary School, 2655 NM-35 in Mimbres.

The festival is a celebration of the bountiful crops produced in the Mimbres Valley. It’s an opportunity for a community-wide gathering to participate in a variety of fun activities including: a farmers' market;

arts and crafts vendors; a pie contest that will find the best pie baker in the area; and a solar cook-off that allows solar chefs to demonstrate cooking with the sun, followed by a potluck for solar cookoff participants.

Children's activities include games, hands-on archaeology activities like corn grinding, whirling a bullroarer, making a clay pot, and more.

A health fair offers free screenings provided by area health care providers and the student nurses association for blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse oximetry, flu shots and more. The health fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and onsite registration is required.

Delicious locally prepared food is offered by Living Harvest Bakery, TGI Frybread, A Taste of the Philippines, The Duck Stop and Doc's Mesquite Pit BBQ. In addition, San Lorenzo Elementary will be selling Red Enchilada plates for their annual school fundraiser.

Musical talent will be on display in the shade of the Big Tent. Get ready to dance to performances of American folk, classic tunes, blues and light rock. In addition, a gospel presentation will be provided.

Raffle – many prizes are available including a cord of firewood, stained glass, gift certificates and more!

DJ's Farm Friesians will present Friesian and Clydesdale horses.

Shuttle buses will be available to and from free parking areas and the San Lorenzo Elementary School. Mobility challenged individuals may use the safe drop-off zone to access the school grounds. Organizers request participants to leave pets at home.

For more information about the festival, including rules for contests and list of raffle prizes, visit the website, www.mvhval.org/harvest-fest/, or email HarvestFestival@mvhal.org.

MVHAL’s mission is to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for the people of the Mimbres Region (defined as the communities that lie along and around NM State Hwy 61 and 35) by supporting local programs that promote healthy food for all, community bonding, and improved access to health care—in particular for our elderly and very young.