Heritage Days draws locals

Classic cars, a talent show and lots of food kept a steady crowd entertained Saturday at the Portales Heritage Days celebration.

The three-day event kicked off Friday night with a Gospel Jamboree at City Park.

Saturday events kicked off with the 10th annual MainStreet Fun Run.

Jo Allison, of Portales, said it is nice to have something to do on a Saturday in Portales.

“I enjoy it.” Jo said. “The kids come out to see their friends and there’s lots of good food. I like Heritage Days being in the park. In the past it was on the square and it was hot — too hot. I like it at the park.”

Jo’s daughter, Reda Allison, said she thinks it’s nice how people have turned out to support Heritage Days at the park.

Sharon King, executive director of Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, said the event drew 50 vendors. Last year about 60 vendors set up at the park.

“We were still down from last year, but I think we have a nice choice, you know a nice variety of things. We have so many things like the train ride and the petting zoo. Those have been a big hit.”

King said she thinks more classic cars were featured this year than she has seen before at Heritage Days.

The Portales Recreation Center held events to raise money for the center with a dunking booth, kickball tournament and a talent show.

“It just goes into a general pool toward funding this,” King said. “We’ll give money to the bluegrass bands to help with expenses and a little to the barrel race that will take place tomorrow. It just goes back into the activities in one way or another.”