Annual Heritage Days celebration adding new event

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

The 25th annual Heritage Days is on the horizon with a new softball tournament joining its traditional events.

Heritage Days is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Sunday with a parade, barrel racing, a fun run, geocaching, music and more at City Park and around Roosevelt County.

In geocaching, participants use global positioning systems to find caches of small items at specific coordinates.

“We are so excited about all the events going on this year for the Heritage Days,” said Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King in a news release. “Numerous class reunions will be held that weekend, so it should attract lots of visitors to the park.”

Chamber Manager Mandi Park said Heritage Days gives people participating in reunions a chance to reconnect.

Park said the Mixed League Softball Tournament is new this year. Preregistration is required, and the tournament is limited to 24 teams, according to the Chamber news release.

For the Antique, Collectable and Classic Car Show, Park said people from all over bring their cars. The event is open to individuals and car clubs.

“The classic car show is always a great success,” said organizer Donnie Massey in the news release. “We are expecting around 50 to 60 cars to be involved. We hope more local car owners will enter this year.”

Booths at the Memorial Building and City Park will offer ceramics, children’s clothes, Navajo tacos and ice cream.

The Lions Club is set to display designs grade school children submitted for their art contest, as well.

Lions Club member Lonnie Berry said the club would also sell buttons made from the winning design to commemorate Portales’ centennial. The winner is announced Tuesday at the Centennial Street Fair, he said.

Heritage Days features plenty of Christian country music as well.

“Heritage Days is just a wonderful celebration for our community, and when you’ve got music all weekend in the park, it just adds to that,” said music organizer Steve Davis.

The Christian Country Jamboree, a group of local musicians, plays Friday and Saturday, and a musical variety show is open to any interested musicians and singers.

Also, for $5, people of all ages can join workshops on playing bluegrass instruments such as guitar, banjo and mandolin, Davis said. Participants should bring their own instruments.

For Gospel Grass, bands come from various places and play during two days.

“They are just awesome people who really love to sing for God, and they do it in a bluegrass format, and it makes for a really enjoyable afternoon,” Davis said.

A worship service with a sermon from Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Brad Morgan is scheduled for Sunday morning before Gospel Grass, which closes Heritage Days.

Information: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce at 356-8541 or www.portales.com.