First Satur­day Fun in Oc­to­ber

Catron Courier - - News -

Let the state spot­light shine on So­corro County, as she hosts one of the busiest week­ends ever in her sto­ried his­tory, now that the 16th An­nual So­cor­roFest has joined the lineup of events for Oc­to­ber 5-6, the leg­endary “first Satur­day in Oc­to­ber.”

The week­end cul­mi­nates in a head­liner con­cert fea­tur­ing “Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia: A Salute to the Ea­gles” with free ad­mis­sion. So­cor­roFest is the new­comer to tra­di­tional “first Satur­day in Oc­to­ber” events, and the week­end sched­ule was ar­ranged so lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike have op­por­tu­nity to par­take of any­thing or ev­ery­thing from a sump­tu­ous buf­fet fea­tur­ing his­tory, science and sea­sonal cel­e­bra­tions, in­clud­ing that of the an­nual rit­ual of chile-roast­ing.

This year’s So­cor­roFest of­fers three en­ter­tain­ment stages, a lowrider “Show and Shine” dis­play, pet pa­rade, mu­sic and food, and a green chile cook-off for char­ity.

So­cor­roFest joins other firstSatur­day-in-Oc­to­ber events, in­clud­ing:

Trin­ity Site, White Sands Mis­sile Range, is open to the pub­lic, 8 AM to 2 PM.

Ok­to­ber­fest, the an­nual burger-brats-beer and en­ter­tain­ment fes­ti­val at the Ham­mel Mu­seum, spon­sored by the So­corro County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is from 11 AM to 3 PM.

So­corro Train Gang dis­play at the Ham­mel Mu­seum is open.

First-Satur­day VLA Open House and Guided Tours, start at 11 AM with a fi­nal tour at 5 PM.

And the First-Satur­day Star Party is from 7 to 10 PM at Etscorn Ob­ser­va­tory.

Among So­cor­roFest tra­di­tions is the an­nual T-shirt De­sign Con­test. Rules are sim­ple: Anyone with a vis­ual idea of what So­cor­roFest means to them is wel­come to en­ter.

And what do peo­ple do to cel­e­brate the har­vest? They cel­e­brate with mu­sic, danc­ing and food with friends, fam­ily and neigh­bors, grate­ful for the ca­ma­raderie shared among di­verse com­mu­nity groups. The win­ner gets $25 gift card plus brag­ging rights. Take your en­tries to the Her­itage and Vis­i­tors Cen­ter at 217 Fisher Ave. be­fore 4 PM on Septem­ber 8.

Another thread in the ta­pes­try that is So­cor­roFest has to do with rec­og­niz­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver- sary of the city’s sta­tus as the “Free State of So­corro.”

Ac­cord­ing to leg­end and mem­ory, a group of com­mu­nity lead­ers and what­not gath­ered in the base­ment of the Capi­tol Bar one fine even­ing in 1953. What came out of that in­for­mal gath­er­ing was the bril­liant idea of se­ced­ing from the Union and es­tab­lish­ing the Free State of So­corro.

Never mind that the idea was hardly orig­i­nal, hav­ing been launched strictly as a pub­lic­ity stunt; still, the story did gen­er­ate its share of pub­lic­ity at the time, a high-wa­ter mark be­ing sub­ject of a fea­ture ar­ti­cle in a na­tional weekly pub­li­ca­tion.

In ret­ro­spect, the idea read­ily and faith­fully re­flects the rebel na­ture of a town that boasts Elfego Baca as a sher­iff, a hang­ing or three, des­per­a­dos and heroes and what-not, all cast to­gether in cel­e­brat­ing all that was and is So­corro County.

So join in the fun, and here is the sched­ule for the main stage at the Plaza gazebo start­ing at high noon: Cot­ton­wood Kids, Ris­ing Stars Dancers, Jeez Laweez, Gon­zalo, Et Alia, Blue Mon­day, Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia. ●◊●

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