Festival offering family fun

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

The sounds of Christian music and fiddles playing will permeate the air during the 2005 Heritage Days festival.
The Celebration of Christian Music show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The free event will take place at the Portales City Park. Steve Davis, organizer of the event, said all of the musical talent is local.
The Celebration of Christian Music, which is sponsored Master Works Inc. (disciple and church leadership training) will also have an acappella performance from students at the Christian Children’s Home in Portales and a choir performance.
“We are devoted to Christian music,” Davis said. “Local people play and sing mostly Christian country music.”
Davis said he keeps in contact with the participants throughout the year and begins preparing for the show a couple of months ahead. He said the participants are of all ages from 8-year-olds to people in their 70s.
“It’s very much a family thing,” Davis said. “They’re telling people about God and sharing their belief. It’s a chance to share the message of Jesus Christ.”
Davis said it is the third year for The Celebration of Christian Music at the Heritage Days festival.
Meanwhile, Shawn and Alan Carter are organizing the fiddler competition at the Heritage Days. It is the first year for fiddler competition at Heritage Days, Shawn Carter said there used to be fiddler competitions at the Roosevelt County Fair.
There will be five age brackets for the fiddler competition: 10 and under; 11-16; 17-21; 22-55 and 55 and over. There is a $5 fee for 10-and-under and a $10 fee for all other age groups.
Shawn Carter said registration for the competitions must be done from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The competitions will begin at noon.
She said there will be first- and second-place awards for each division and the top four spots will qualify for the junior and senior competitions on the same day. The junior division will be up to the ages of 21 and the senior division will be 22 years and over.
“There are contests in April and there are contests in August and September at the fairs, but there’s not that many contests in June or July,” Shawn Carter said. “The competition will add variety to Heritage Days.”
There will be belt buckles for first place winners.
The fiddlers will get a chance to perform a waltz, which means they’ll play different kinds of music, but no show tunes. Shawn Carter said show tunes are popular songs which would be greeted with cheers from the crowd because of the song’s popularity and not the fiddler’s talent.
The fiddlers will also do what’s called a breakdown in which they show their bow-handling skills at a faster tempo.
“It’s (Portales) centrally located,” Shawn Carter said. “So people from Truth or Consequences, Dimmitt, Lubbock and Tucumcari can come to Heritage Days. We’re anticipating fiddlers from places such as Silverton (Texas), Dimmitt (Texas) and Lovington. We want to bring people in to Portales.”
Organizers suggest people bring lawn chairs for the events.