by Sherry Goodyear
SPRINGER — The days are growing brisk and the trees are full of color – a sure sign that fall is in the air and it is about time for Springer’s Second Annual Fiesta Otoño. The fall festival is sponsored by the Springer Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Springer’s lodgers tax and will be held on October 13 on Third Street by the old livery stable building. Admission to the event is free, and runs from 10 am to 10 pm. This event will feature something for the entire family.
Springer Chamber of Commerce President Timm Trujillo says there are fifty- odd vendors signed up for the event. Those vendors include a beer garden, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, and everything else in-between. There will be activities for the kids including pumpkin decorating and carving, face painting and bouncy houses. Keep in mind all of these kid-related events are free. Trujillo encourages everyone to come out because, despite current inclement weather conditions, the predicted high for Saturday is 60 degrees. In addition to the fun stuff for the kids, there will be live music all day including Matthew Martinez y Perfeccion, Johnathan Castillo Y Profundo, and Tequila Rain.
Along with all the free stuff, there will be a car show sponsored by Los Diablos Car Club – interested parties should show up Saturday morning between (9:30 am and noon) with their cars. Judging will be at 3 pm and winners of all categories will receive a trophy donated by the Springer Chamber of Commerce. There is a $20 entry fee per car being entered.
As if that isn’t enough, there will be a chili cook-off as well. All chili for the cook-off must be cooked on site, so people should get there early with gas grills or other chili cooking contraptions. This event also requires a $20 entry fee. Prizes for the chili cook-off are: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, and 3rd place – $25. The prizes for the chili cook-off were all donated by Sky Chief Liquors. Anyone wanting more information about the chili cook-off should contact Luella Smith at 575-707-1354.
Last but not least, the chamber will be dedicating the four benches David Ortiz donated money to the chamber to build in memory of his family. Built by Jon Rivera, a local artisan of Springer, the benches will be placed all around Springer as a comfortable place for citizens to rest and as a pleasant reminder of the Ortiz family’s contributions to the Town of Springer.
The Springer Fiesta Otoño is a great way to spend a pleasant fall day, so come on out. Remember, admission to the event is free and there is much to do for the whole family. Any questions can be directed to the Springer Chamber at 575-643-6401 or to Timm Trujillo at 719-924-2303.