Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend.
Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish.
The Department of Transportation reports 33 million travelers will be on the road this Labor Day weekend.
“I’m going to Aztec to see my sisters,” Roosevelt County Chamber Manager Pat Willis said. “I’m going to see my sister from Salt Lake City, Utah, and my sister from Aztec. We are meeting halfway to see each other.”
Portales residents may find some businesses and offices closed for Labor Day. The Portales City Hall, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, Portales public schools and Eastern New Mexico University will be closed. The Portales News-Tribune business office will also be closed. The Roosevelt and Juanito’s are among restaurants that will be closed.
Some of the businesses that will be open are Marks’ Restaurant and Catering, Pizza Hut, IGA, C and S Incorporated and Wal-Mart. Tower Theater will be open.
Eastern New Mexico University students said they plan a variety of holiday activities.
Some will travel to Albuquerque for Freedom Fest at Cliff’s Amusement Park. Several Christian bands will be performing at the event and participants will be able to go on the rides. Eight members of the Baptist Student Union will make the trip for Freedom Fest.
“The advance tickets are sold out,” said Blake Bentley, a BSU member and senior religion major at ENMU. “I went six years ago. It wasn’t that big. It’s more popular now and the park is going to be packed. There’s going to be a lot of bands there.”