Alamo Indian Days celebrate community unity

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Everything has been falling into place for the 32nd annual Alamo Indian Day Celebration according to event chairman Herman “Hank” Ganadonegro. The celebration actually takes place over three days, Oct. 12 to 14.
Ganadonegro has a lot of help, he said. The whole community comes together to support and participate in the event. Not only the people at Alamo work to make it happen, but support comes from all around the county.
This year’s theme for the event is all about people coming together.
“Ni’hodixos bii’ji’ anaahoo’zhiizh aniid oochiligiibaa ahinaa’iideeh” means “a new year into the glittering world of our generation of celebration.”
“The theme means for people to come together year after year and people with new faces to all come together,” Ganadonegro said. “Bringing together the whole.”
The celebration draws a lot of people, Ganadonegro said.
“We get a lot from outside,” he said. “People that people know from all over. It’s a small world and people come up to see what its like.”
The Alamo school got involved, putting the prince and princess competition together and providing water and lights, he said.
“They are helping us a lot.”
The Socorro County commissioners and manager Delilah Walsh have helped too, he said.
“The whole community comes together,” Ganadonegro said. “The senior citizens center is putting their stuff together, our neighbors from magdalena and our council delegates are helping us out with donations.”
The parade starts Saturday at the Alamo Campground and trophies will be awarded for several categories, he said. Floats, walking groups and horse back riding categories will be judged. Cars, wagons, motorcycles, trucks with trailers, marching bands, walkers, dance groups and the ROTC are all expected to participate in the parade.
“Every year we do have a very nice turnout, I hope that there comes to be a very nice turn out this year also.”
There will be plenty of food, arts and crafts venders on site all three days.
Friday events include the Alamo Indian Day Walk, Miss alamo/Mrs. Elderly presentation, song and dance from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. and a country and western dance with Steel Reserve until midnight.
Saturday contests include a horseshoe tournament, chain saw contest and mud bogging. Food contests cover watermelon, fry bread, chili stew, coffee brewing and pie eating.
“I haven’t tried any of them,” he said about the food contests. “But they are all good. To me all fry bread is good.”
On Sunday mud bogging continues and the Gospel Singspiration begins at 10 a.m.
“We do have the gospel,”  Ganadonegro said. “We will have it on Sunday to give everybody a chance to come out and enjoy themselves.”
This is Ganadonegro’s first year chairing the event but he is enjoying himself.
“It’s hard work and it’s challenging,” he said. “But it’s the people that come to participate that make it easier. It’s not really just the committee, it’s everybody that comes together.”