Harvest Festival at Wildlife West
Join the activities at the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, 2016, at Wildlife West Nature Park, in Edgewood. The Festival opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a tractor parade beginning at Wildlife West, traveling west along historic Route 66 and ending at the Tractor Supply Company.
New this year, the Festival includes “The Heart of New Mexico Fiber Gathering”. Fiber vendors from Santa Fe, Los Lunas, Boxque, McIntosh, Mora and Edgewood will participate and sell everything from fiber to raw fleeces, hand spun yarn to finished products that are woven, wet felted, crocheted and knitted. The public is invited to enter the fiber competitions for Hand Spun Yarn, Garments & Home Accessories, and raw wool and mohair fleeces. The entry fee per class is $2. Entry forms can be found at www.heartofnmfibergathering.com.
As visitors stroll through Wildlife West Nature Park they will experience an old west atmosphere and experience the rich history of the pinto bean farming in the Pinto Bean Museum, which displays antique bean processing equipment, farming artifacts and historic local photos. They can explore a replica of the western town of Venus (original name of Edgewood), along with antique cars and trucks. Also on showcase will be old iron tractors, steam engines, corn shellers and other historic ranch equipment.
Get a behind the scenes tour of Kothari, Wildlife West’s 500 pound black bear, and newest arrivals – two 10-month old cougars and three 5-month old coyotes, also known as prairie wolves. Mark Chavez, renowned chainsaw artists, will demonstrate artistic chainsaw techniques. Don’t miss the tractor games on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the field in front of the historic Pinto Bean Barn. The Festival includes local artists and the Knights of Columbus volunteers will serve up pinto beans, fresh sweet corn, and hamburgers and hot dogs.
Stay for the evening Chuckwagon Dinner Show on Saturday, from 6 - 9 p.m. Come early for the activities during the day and stay for the evening old-fashion hayride, free-flight peregrine falcon show, barbeque dinner and Watermelon Mountain Jug Band western-swing music concert. Reservations for the dinner show are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show. Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and children 4 and younger are free.
All activities throughout the weekend, except for the Chuckwagon dinner show, are included with regular admission to Wildlife West: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 students and children 4 and younger are free. Music performances are presented in a covered all-weather amphitheater. Plus free dry camping and parking.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit www.wildlifewest.org or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).
Photo by Roger Holden: Roger Alink, Founder and Executive Director Wildlife West Nature Park, at the 2015 Harvest Festival.
When: Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2016
Where: Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM
9 a.m. Tractor Parade
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wildlife tours, fiber competitions & displays, tractor & machinery displays, artists & food vendors
6 p.m. Free-flight peregrine falcon show
7 p.m. Chuckwagon dinner (must RSVP by 2 pm day of show)
8 p.m. Watermelon Mountain Jug Band
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wildlife tours, tractor & machinery displays, artists & food vendors
2 p.m. Tractor games