Animal Blessing Saturday morning

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Socorro Animal lovers are invited to bring their pets to the city Plaza starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the annual “Blessing of the Animals,” an ecumenical, non-denominational event. The Rev. Woody Peabody, vicar of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Socorro, once again will officiate at a ceremony that has become a popular tradition in this central New Mexico community. Sponsor of the event is the Animal Protective Association of Socorro, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1968. The blessing, to take place concurrently with the Socorro Farmers Market on the Plaza, will be conducted in the gazebo. “On the first Saturday in October, for as long as I can remember, APAS has teamed up with the very genial ‘Father Woody’ to offer an ecumenical blessing for any and all animals brought to the city Plaza,” said Valerie Kimble, APAS president. “And, in keeping with the spirit of the event, we invite everyone up and down the Rio Grande Valley to join us,” she said. The first Saturday in October is going to be a busy one for the Socorro community, with the twice-yearly opening of Trinity Site to the public, an open house at the VLA off N.M. 60, and Oktoberfest at the Hammel Museum, a burger-and-brat fundraiser at the Hammel Museum, just off the main drag in Socorro on Sixth Street, sponsored by the Socorro County Historical Society. To top it off, the Socorro Train Gang, which meets at the Hammel Museum on the first Saturday of the month, will officially open the doors to its renovated train room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at noon. Most pet owners attending the blessing are accompanied by their dogs or cats; but people have brought birds, horses, and other species to the event. Please be aware of the city’s leash law for dogs, and make sure cats and other pets are in carriers or otherwise safely ensconced.