42nd Peanut Valley Festival

This past weekend Roosevelt County celebrated the 42nd Annual Peanut Valley Craft and Music Festival at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

Live music, a medieval village, a quilt festival, and a health fair where all special events featured this year at the festival.

Hampton Farms, First Financial, Alta Terra, EDF Renewable Energy, Excel energy, and Yucca Telecom were all top sponsors for this year's festival.

Eighty-five vendors showed up this year, each traveling from different parts of New Mexico as well as bordering states.

Vendors sold an assortment of things such as holiday decorations, handmade jewelry, clothes, and toys.

One of the oldest booths that have been participating in the Peanut Valley Festival is the Portales Womens’ Club.

The club sells peanuts to raise money that goes to their club’s scholarship that is given to high school students who are planning to attend college.

The Portales women's club was established in 1905 and has been involved in the peanut valley festival since day one. The club has a total of 24 women and continues looking for new members.

This year the festival introduced the medieval village, a new expo. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of the pre-seventeenth century Europe. Members, dressed in clothing from the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance attend events and feature tournaments, royal courts, dancing and various workshops.

The push to be a part of this year's peanut Valley Festival was for publicity reasons and to let people know that they are here. Their kingdom stretches from El Paso Texas to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The organizations passion is to reenact medieval times in ways more authentic than just a Renaissance fair.

"There's something for everyone here at the festival,” Portales Chamber of Commerce ambassador Mellissa Phillips said. “There are things you can't find at stores here local."

Although Ready Roast—formally known as Sunland Peanut factory—is now operational once again, they did not participate in this year's festival. Twenty people are currently employed at the factory but an estimated 200 additional people should be hired during harvest season. Some locals expect that the factory will be more involved with next year's festival as operation increases.

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