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Home Things to Do Festivals Hatch Valley Chile Festival Heats Up Labor Day Weekend

Hatch Valley Chile Festival Heats Up Labor Day Weekend

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As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch, New Mexico really heats up with the annual two-day celebration of its world-famous crop during the 38th annual Hatch Valley Chile Festival, Sept. 4-5,attracting more than 20,000 visitors from around the world.

Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, join in a chile ristra contest or just sit back and enjoy artisans, food, carnivals and fun.

Special activities Saturday (Sept 4) begin with the Chile Festival Parade at 10 a.m., followed by the Opening Ceremonies and Queen Coronation, noon; the start of the Horseshoe Tournament, 12:30 p.m.; the Chile Toss Contest, 1 p.m.; the Chile Eating Contest, 2:45 p.m.; and the Chile Queen's Scholarship Auction at 3:30 p.m. Music by Simon Balkey will provide the soundtrack for the day's activities.

Additional special activities Sunday (Sept. 5) include the Las Cruces High School Mariachis at 1 p.m.; Watermelon Eating Contests, 1:30 p.m.; Darrell Hawkins Rope and Bullwhip Show, 2 p.m.; and the Chile Festival Auction, 2:30 p.m. Special musical guests include Clay Mac.

All-day activities both days include the Chile Capital Artists Fine Arts Show, Bennett's Carnival, and food and crafts vendors. Admission is $10 per car load each day.

Located off Interstate 25, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. The Hatch Municipal Airport is one mile west of town on State Road 26.

Visit the Web site at
www.hatchchilefest.com for more information.

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