By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
A festive atmosphere filled the air as families filled City Park in Portales during the 23rd annual Heritage Days on Saturday.
A variety of floats kicked off the festivities. The parade traveled down Second Street from Eastern New Mexico University to City Park, where festivities were already underway.
“It was kinda neat. We enjoyed it,” Irene McFarland said of the parade.
Irene and her husband Bob traveled from Seagraves, Texas, mainly to hear the Bluegrass music, but also to enjoy the other festivities offered at Heritage Days, they said.
Vendors were set up inside the Memorial Building and also out in the park. The air was permeated with the smell of barbecue, Navajo tacos and other foods. A multitude of vendors were selling wares such as jewelry, clothing and novelty and decorative items.
Close to 50 cars participated in the car show. Though a couple of vendors were unable to attend and sales were down, things for the event went well, said Kinsey Barker, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce events coordinator.
“It seems like everyone had a real good time. We’re just pleased with everything this year,” Barker said.
Offering a unique twist on hair accessories and flip flops was the booth Tied With Love. Sisters-in-law Amber and Amber McAlister and fellow partner Ponda Chandler created the brightly-colored products by hand.
The trio have spent the last month preparing for Saturdays show, the first for the business. Though none of the ladies live in the area, they felt this would be a good place to show their product since their husbands were raised here, they said.
“We’ve had a lot of traffic through (the booth),” McAlister said.
Local group Catholic Daughters of the Americas were busy selling Navajo tacos. Money raised from the day will be used to help send members to a national convention next year in Albuquerque, said regent Esther Bargas.
“We have done very well. We’re just selling left and right,” Bargas said.
New Portales resident Samantha Sands and her three boys were also out enjoying the days festivities. Though they missed seeing the parade they were able to visit the park and check out the happenings, Sands said.
“It’s good. It gives the kids something to do. They’re having a good time,” Sands said.
At a glance
11 a.m. — Church services in the park
Music in the park all afternoon
Food vendors will be open