The village of Magdalena is getting all gussied up for the influx of out-of-towners, visitors, friends, and family this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 48th annual Old Timers Reunion weekend. Along with the dozens of horse trailers and RV campers, the village expects upwards of a thousand attendees over the three-day event.
The theme for the parade this year is the Wild Wild West.
Rodeo events begin with the Junior Rodeo Friday morning when kids will get the opportunity to watch others or participate themselves in numerous activities throughout the day. Registration begins early Friday and kids are reminded to bring their stick horses.
Indian Village, located south of the arena, will provide opportunities for visitors to taste local cuisines such as mutton, fry bread and freshly-made Navajo tacos with green chile. Local artisans and artists will be displaying examples of the time-honored craftsmanship of their handmade jewelry. Visitors are also in store for a variety of activities and booths provided by locals from the Alamo Navajo Reservation and surrounding area.
As a special added attraction at Indian Village, the popular Diamond Creek Crown Dancers are scheduled to perform at 5 p.m. The dancers will give a repeat performance Saturday at 5 p.m.
Friday night is the street dance with music provided by Randy Unrah and the Real West Band. The stage will be located in front of the library at 108 N. Main Street. The music begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes to dance all night.
Saturday morning is the annual Old Timers parade, which usually draws hundreds of spectators lined up and down First Street.
Grand Marshal of the parade this year is Robert Zamora.
Parade line-up starts at 9 a.m. on Kelly Road. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Groups and organizations are invited. Parade entry fee is $20 and can be paid Saturday prior to check-in, which can be found at Kelly Road and 8th Street. For the duration of the parade Highway 60 traffic will be diverted at Chestnut on the east side of town and at Highway 107 on the west side.
For more information on being in the Parade, call Pete Enriquez at 575-517-0408.
The annual BBQ lunch starts at noon, giving people plenty of time to get to the rodeo grounds after the parade. The beef is cooked in the underground barbecue pit originally dug by V.D. Trujillo a few years ago. For only $10 partakers can chow down on slow-roasted beef, coleslaw, beans, and bread.
The Pie and Salsa contests happen right after the BBQ. Winners will receive a ribbon and bragging rights.
The crowning of Donna Dawson, this year’s Old Timers Queen, will take place in front of the grandstand at noon. Donna was born in Socorro and relocated to Magdalena in 1985. She has been active in the community for much of the past 34 years, creating etched glass as well as holding a real estate license. Before being elected to the Village Board of Trustees (her current position) Donna was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Magdalena Fire Department as well as president of the Old Timers committee for several years, up until 2012.
“Old Timers is in the family,” Dawson said. “My step-grandmother, Leona Magnum was Old Timers Queen and my mom (Dolly Dawson) was Queen in 1999.”
She believes the Old Timers Reunion brings out the best in the community and its people.
“It really helps the village. To me, it’s like a community gathering,” she said. “It not only brings in tourists, but many people come back to visit with family and old friends.
“I hope everyone enjoys old timers this year,” Dawson said.
Saturday afternoon is filled with professional rodeo fun, and mini pow-wows are planned.
Bright and early Sunday morning the air around the rodeo grounds will be filled with the aroma of sausage, bacon, and pancakes cooking on the grill. The pancake breakfast is sponsored this year by the Socorro Kiwanis Club and starts at 7 a.m. Pancakes will be served until 8:30 a.m. or until the batter runs out, whichever comes first.
Those wishing to tackle the Magdalena to Kelly 7K Run/Walk must sign up at Village Hall beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The run/walk begins at 7 a.m., and hopefully, participants can make it back to town before the pancakes run out. Entry fee is $15, and all participants receive a t-shirt.
The run begins on North Main in front of Village Hall and ending over four miles south and 900 feet higher in elevation, with the finish line about 100 yards past St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Kelly. Water stations manned by volunteers will be situated along the way.
Sunday also features more rodeo and roping.
Vendors will continue providing delicious treats and goods until the close of the event at about 5 p.m. For information on vendor space, food trucks, forms, and general questions, contact Naomi Dawson, 505-506-5735.
Friday, July 12
Kids Rodeo. All day fun for young folks
9 p.m. Street dance featuring The Real West Band on North Main Street near the Magdalena Public Library
Saturday, July 13
10 a.m. Old Timers Parade. The theme is “Wild Wild West.” Sign up and line up at 9 a.m. on Kelly Road. $20 per entry.
11 a.m. BBQ following the parade. $10 per plate.
Noon. Crowning of the 2019 Old Timers Queen, Donna Dawson, in front of rodeo arena grandstand.
12:30 p.m. Grand Entry. Rodeo and roping by Calvin Taylor.
5 p.m. Diamond Creek Crown Dancers.
Sunday, July 14
7 a.m. Pancake breakfast. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Socorro. $7 per plate.
7:30 a.m. Kelly Run/Walk. Sign up and line up in front of the library at 6:30 a.m. $20 per entry.
9 a.m. Rodeo and roping at the rodeo arena.
Also on Saturday will be the St. Mary Magdalene Fiesta. Live entertainment all day, along with great New Mexican food, bingo, horseshoes, baked goods, kid’s games and a silent auction.
Booths will open immediately after the Old Timers parade
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Murillos unplugged
1 – 2 p.m. Catherine Barela
2 – 6 p.m. Grupo Impresion
The Fiesta Mass will be celebrated Sunday at noon.