Join the activities at the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday and , at Wildlife West Nature Park, in Edgewood. It’s a time to celebrate the area's culture, traditions and agricultural heritage. Experience the rich history of the pinto bean farming in the Pinto Bean Museum, which displays antique bean processing equipment, farming artifacts and historic local photos.
The Festival opens at with a tractor parade beginning at Wildlife West, then traveling west along historic Route 66 and ending at the Tractor Supply Company.
As visitors stroll through the Park they will experience an old west atmosphere. They can explore a replica of the western town of Venus (original name of Edgewood), and see weaving and spinning demonstrations, along with antique cars and trucks. Also on showcase will be old iron tractors, steam engines, corn shellers and other historic ranch equipment.
Get a behind the scenes tour of Kothari, Wildlife West’s 500 pound black bear, and watch a snake and reptile identification presentation by the New Mexico Herpetological Society. Mark Chavez and friends, renowned chainsaw artists, will demonstrate artistic chainsaw techniques. A Juggler Show for kids will be held and at Tractor games will take place on beginning at . on the field in front of the historic Pinto Bean Barn. Plus an opportunity to experience wildlife up close throughout the weekend. Local artists and the Knights of Columbus volunteers will serve up pinto beans, fresh sweet corn, and hamburgers and hot dogs.
Don’t miss the Chuckwagon Dinner Show on , from . Come early for the activities during the day and stay for the evening old-fashion hayride, free-flight peregrine falcon show, barbeque dinner and Holy Water & Whiskey western-swing music concert. Reservations for dinner show are required by on the day of the show. Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the weekend, except for the Chuckwagon dinner show, are included with regular admission to the park: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 students and children under 5 are free. Music performances are presented in a covered all-weather amphitheater. Plus free dry camping and parking.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit www.wildlifewest.org or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).
Where: Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM