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*/Harvest Festival & Run, Rally & Rock /*
*/at Wildlife West/*
It’s a weekend of delicious locally grown food, music and fun for the entire family at the annual *Harvest Festival and Run, Rally and Rock *on* *Saturday and Sunday, *August 28-29* at* *Wildlife West Nature Park*,* in Edgewood. This year’s event is co-sponsored by Wildlife West and the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce.
To celebrate the area’s culture, traditions and agricultural heritage visitors can sample and purchase locally grown products ¢w fresh cut sweet corn, raspberries, honey, pumpkins and other yummy products.*Anasazi Fields Winery* will be on hand for wine tasting.
As visitors stroll through the park they will have fun experiencing an old west atmosphere throughout. They can explore a replica of the western town of/ Venus (/original name of Edgewood), see blacksmith demonstrations, antique cars and trucks, old iron tractors and machinery, and historic ranch equipment. Then take an old-fashioned hayride around the park.
There will be games and stage shows for children, folk music by Jimbo, opportunity to experience wildlife up close, and many artists and vendors. The annual *R3-5K run* starts at *8 a.m.* on Saturday with a route that winds though the wildlife park. Race registration is $20 and $5 for children, age 7-14 if accompanied by their parent; includes a T-shirt. A delicious pancake breakfast for all, cooked by Knights of Columbus volunteers, follows the race. Then the parade with antique cars and trucks, marching bands and equestrians begins at 9 a.m. at the Edgewood Elementary School. The parade will proceed south along Highway 344 and end at Wildlife West. Tractor games at the park begin at 3 p.m. on the field in front of the historic pinto bean barn.
The evening activities include an incredible *free-flight peregrine falcon show* at *6* *p.m. *Wildlife West is the /only/ place in New Mexico where people can experience this thrilling free-flight program presented by world-renowned falconer, Tom Smylie.
Don¡¦t miss the *Chuckwagon Dinner Show* on *Saturday, 6 ¡V 9 p.m*. Come early for the activities during the day and stay for the evening barbeque and western music concert. Reservations for the dinner show are required by 1 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $10 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the weekend, except for the race and /Chuckwagon Dinner Show/, are included with regular admission to the park: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 students and children under 5 are free. Events and music performances are presented in a covered all-weather amphitheater. And there’s free dry camping, parking and hay rides.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. Call Wildlife West for more information at 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453); or visit www.wildlifewest.org.
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*When: *Saturday & Sunday, August 28-29, 2010
*Where: *Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM
7 a.m. Registration for R3-5K run
8 a.m. R3-5K run
8:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast
9 a.m. Parade
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wildlife tours, farmers market, wine tasting, kids games/shows, tractor & machinery displays, blacksmith demonstrations, artists & vendors
Noon – 2 p.m. Folk artist Jimbo
3 p.m. Tractor games
6 p.m. Free-flight peregrine falcon show
7 p.m. Chuckwagon dinner /(must RSVP by 1 pm day of show)/
8 p.m. Syd Master & Swing Riders /(must RSVP by 1 pm day of show)/
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wildlife tours, farmers market, wine tasting, kids games/shows, tractor & machinery displays, blacksmith demonstrations, artists & vendors**
SNAP OF THE CAP TO JOHN WECKERLE FOR PLACING THE BEAR IMAGE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN!