Magdalena open for business

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Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Vendor Margaret Lyons awaits the crowd flow on July 13 in Magdalena at the Craft Fair and Market that was hosted by the High Country Lodge.

The High Country Lodge served up favorites usually seen at the Old Timers Reunion — Navajo tacos and burgers — as part of a craft fair and market they hosted to give vendors who normally participate in the Old Timers Reunion a venue for the weekend it would have taken place. Attendance was not what it would have been for Old Timers Reunion but the event did draw somewhat of a local crowd, despite some mid-day rain showers. The restaurant seemed to be the busiest vendor of the day, similar to vendor booths at the reunion.

High Country Lodge managers hope to see more of these and other events in the near future. The Old Timers Reunion board of directors has mentioned hosting some kind of rodeo or related event later this fall, pending a resolution of the water issues.