Hounds face UIW in ‘football festival’

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s football team, along with the rest of the Lone Star Conference, will get to experience “Jerry’s House” next season. The LSC, which hosted three games last September at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has expanded its “Football Festival” to two days with all nine football schools participating. ENMU will […]

Prairie chicken poster contest open

PNT staff report Entries are being sought for the Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest. The deadline for original artwork submissions to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is March 1.The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced on the annual festival poster, and the artist will receive $300. Top winners in three age […]

Handbell festival to feature classical, holiday music

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico residents ranging from Portales to Albuquerque will be listening to holiday sounds Saturday as they attend and perform at the 19th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at First United Methodist Church. Choirs and individual musicians from Portales, Clovis, Albuquerque and Levelland, Texas, will be performing at the event. […]

Pep hosting annual Thanksgiving festival

The Pep, Texas, community will hold its 66th annual Thanksgiving Festival on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) Nov. 24 at St. Philip Neri Hall. The meal is self-serve and includes Pep’s famous German sausage and turkey. Adult admission is $9 and children under 10 years old are $5. Take out is available for […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell For many organizations and individuals, the end of October marks a holiday when the monsters and goblins come out to play. But many local church groups may be changing the face of the Halloween season. The pastor of 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis, Larry Tittle, said his church, in conjunction with […]

Playa Festival educates

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in the world. That’s what area fifth-graders are learning as part of the Playa Festivals, which have been held from September to October for the last two years. They are also learning that the playas, desert basins that fill with rain water or spring water […]

Peanut Valley Festival boasts food, crafts

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Jillian Holbert The 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival held something for all who attended Saturday. The festival was held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Upstairs in the Ballroom, vendors sold fudge, holiday decorations, toys, sports memorabilia and Hispanic jewelry and clothes. Downstairs in the main lobby of the CUB, patrons purchased peanuts, […]

Quilt festival starts today

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Alisa Boswell The sixth annual High Plains Quilt Festival kicks off today with all day quilting and Paintstiks classes. According to one of the event coordinators Linda Custer, the festival will include more classes Friday and Saturday and a quilt competition, which will be judged Thursday. Custer said the event is sponsored by First Financial […]

ENMU briefs —

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Fundraiser to be held at festival Change is anticipated at this year’s annual Peanut Valley Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Portales. Jennifer Neilson, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, will have a booth dedicated to collecting pocket change for Belize. The change will be donated to […]

My turn: Partial to annual peanut festival

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I’m not a nut case. Well, maybe a Valencia peanut case. I proudly admit I was born and raised in Portales, despite the fact that I didn’t taste a peanut butter milkshake until only a few years ago. I’ve spent my entire life here in Goober Gulch, if you don’t count the two years I […]

New plans for old festival

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Alisa Boswell Mid-October has arrived, which means Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival, which according to ENMU and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials, will have a bigger variety than it has in the last two to three years. Officials said the chamber is once again teaming up […]

My turn: Balloon festival worth trip

Last weekend, I attended the balloon festival in Albuquerque for the first time. I’ve lived in New Mexico for more than 20 years and I have never been able to go. It was well worth it, even with my friends and I getting charged double for entrance, because we got a little confused about how […]

Visitors from as far as United Kingdom attend festival

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Sharna Johnson While Thursday marked the beginning of the Clovis Music Festival, organizers expect the excitement will build through the weekend as crowds converge on Clovis. Festival attendees began trickling in Thursday from locations as distant as the United Kingdom, Canada, Rhode Island and Boston, said Kenneth Broad, curator of the Norman Petty Recording Studio. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A video game, Buddy comes to town and Uncle Sam

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday morning briefing. Video game of the week From our own Jenna Zamie, the hottest game of the week: Game: Rock of Ages Genre: Action strategy System: 360, PS3, PC What is it? An action strategy game with a delightfully goofy concept and destructive fun. ESRB […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Music Festival kicking off Sept. 8

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Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Music Festival is throwing its annual party to celebrate the city’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage. The festival was originated by Clovis recording giant Norman Petty’s widow, Vi. The event is held annually the first week of September and showcases live music celebrating the spirit of the “Clovis sound.” The festivities […]

Music festival planned

Freedom New Mexico The 2011 Clovis Music Festival, with the theme “The Biggest Little Music City in the World,” is planned for Sept. 8 through 11. The music festival will be held at the Curry County Events Center Sept. 9 and 10. Sept. 8 the festival will open at 7 p.m. with the Buddy Holly […]

My turn: Family time always fun

I love holidays that revolve around quality family fun time. This Independence Day holiday definitely turned out to be a memorable one for me. The UFO Festival in Roswell had great music and other entertainment, such as a wine festival, a lot of souvenir stores and an alien costume contest. A boy around 5 or […]

Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with a tour of the Playa Lake Classroom. Activities, including an arts and crafts show, history exhibit, fiddle contest, children’s games […]

My turn: Trip to UFO festival long overdue

I had many people tell me Dairyfest was a success this weekend with a lot of food and fun games along with educational booths, such as learning how to make butter. The improv acting show at the Lyceum Theater was a success as well, having received a lot of laughs and support both Friday and […]

Roswell UFO festival kicks off Friday

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Freedom New Mexico It’s expected to be a weekend of alien fun in Roswell with the launch of the annual UFO festival. Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday with an opening ceremony at the UFO Museum, activities will stretch through Monday with everything from food and spirits to costume contests and music. The family-friendly event celebrates […]