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Wine Festival Offers a Flavor of the Old West

LAS CRUCES -- New Mexicans who want to see how the West was won can attend the 5th annual Santa Fe Wine Festival July 4-5 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a farming museum on Los Pinos Road.

"The festival will feature re-enactments of gunfights, other live entertainment and a farmer's market," said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "But the chance to taste different wines and to buy a favorite one is what attracts most people."

REDTT, which is part of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

Festival-goers also can enjoy a variety of Southwestern foods that will be served by volunteers dressed in costumes from the early-to-mid 1800s, Cook said. People can sample dishes like roasted corn, enchiladas, carnitas, tacos, tamales, turkey legs and barbeque.

Admission to the festival is $7 for adults, $3 for those 13 to 20 years old and free for children 12 and under.

For more information about the festival, contact Charlene Selby at (505) 892-4178 or El Rancho de las Golondrinas at (505) 471-2261.