A fall tradition in Portales gets ready for its 46th year as the Peanut Valley Craft & Music Festival gets under way Saturday and Sunday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales.
The festival is all about the arts and crafts and includes a lineup of entertainment from throughout the region. But the name and the flavor pays homage to the local Valencia Peanut. The Valencia is a goober that is smaller but brighter and sweeter than other legumes and has 3-4 nuts per shell. It’s famous roasted in the shell and in candies, cookies, cakes and pies.
Peanut Festival title sponsor Hampton Farms will be supplying all the peanuts at the festival. The Portales Woman’s Club, the oldest service club in the county, will have a booth dedicated to selling peanuts. They’ll have roasted in both salted and unsalted as well as raw peanuts for those holiday bakers. They will also be selling a variety of flavored peanuts and candies including peanut patties and peanut brittle.
Peanut Valley Festival has long been known as the largest and best arts and crafts show in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. This year’s lineup of approximately 100 vendors speaks to that tradition. Included in the wares of the vendors at Peanut Festival are jewelry, horse shoe art, Native American pottery, candles, cutlery, embroidered and engraved items and fine arts. A variety of non-profits and franchised reps are included as well.
The PVF Health Fair, will be held in the Pavilion, Saturday only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flu shots as well as a variety of screenings, including hearing and speech will be available.
Calling all kids to Peanut Festival
The highlight of this year’s PVF will be the fun during the Peanut Olympics scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday on the slab. The games are open to ages 4-8 and include various games such as Zia Peanut toss, peanut sack race, peanut shelling, peanut eating, peanut relay, peanut blowing and stick horse peanut barrel race. The Portales High School Band members will be in charge of the games.
There will be prizes for all participants and all who participate are eligible for a drawing for door prizes. You have to participate to win though.
Other activities for kids include face painting, bounce houses, St. Helen Fiesta’s cow train and a chance to check out what it’s like to be a knight at the Medieval Village.
Sponsors of this year’s event are Hampton Farms, Yucca, EDF Renewable Energy, U.S. Bank, Walmart, New Mexico Bank & Trust, Wheeler Mortuary, Xcel Energy, Hunton Insurance Agency, White Rock Crushing, LLC and the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association.
Admission is free. Handicap parking, with placard is available inside the grounds, both west of the midway buildings and north of the Pavilion. The entertainment stage moves inside the Events Arena if weather is bad. For more information contact the Chamber at (575) 356-8541.
PVF sets entertainment lineup
One of the highlights of recent years has been Clovis’ La Casita Elementary School Baile Folklorico. The students perform traditional Mexican dances while dressed in authentic costume. Several different groups perform and costume changes keep the kids moving. The group will be on the slab just outside the main Events Arena at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Other dance and demo groups performing will include ArchAngels K-9s with a demonstration on how service dogs are trained, Medieval Village knights and fighters from the Blackwater Keep of the area’s Society for Creative Anachronism, Fusion World Dance and Dance Studio Extreme.
New to the PVF state this year is a group called Higher Ground. They will close the festival Saturday with their first set starting at 2 p.m. and the last one from 4-6 p.m.
Based in Albuquerque, the group plays their version of traditional Bluegrass and folk featuring tight harmony. The band members are a favorite at the Weed Bluegrass Festival.
Local singer/songwriter Colton Stevens will also take the PVF stage Saturday morning at 11:15. He’s played numerous coffee shops and pubs as well as various festivals in the region.
He’ll be joined on stage by Stan Livengood of Portales.