Celebrate sunflowers

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Enjoy a drive to historic Mountainair for the town’s annual end-of-summer celebration, the 2011 Annual Mounatainair Sunflower Festival that will be held on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Saul Community Center and around the town.

 

 

This free event features:

• Arts and crafts show featuring local and regional artists;

• Live entertainment including Los Amigos and Rye Creek Band;

• Silent auction;

• Sunflower hat contest;

• Lots of street vendors and fun things for kids.

And of course, there will be sunflowers everywhere—both at the festival and along the town’s main streets and back-country roads.

And while in Mountainair, visitors may want to round out the day with a side trip to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, comprising ruins at the three sites of Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quivira.

Because of its close proximity to the ruins, Mountainair is also known as the “Gateway to Ancient Cities.”

The Mountainair Sunflower Festival is sponsored by the non-profit Manzano Mountain Art Council and is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please call Dianne Doan at 505-859-9450 or email diannedoan@hotmail.com

 


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