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Cherry Festival Features Locally Grown Cherries

LAS CRUCES -- Festival goers will have a chance to cool off while sampling some of the best cherries in the state at the 15th annual High Rolls-Mountain Park Cherry Festival, June 20-21 in High Rolls.

The event, sponsored by the High Rolls Lions Club, will feature about 50 arts and crafts vendors, who will display jewelry, clothing, woodwork and other items, said Will Stigers, festival organizer. Kids also can have their pictures taken while sitting on a donkey.

"This is a great chance to buy fresh, local cherries and to cool off at an altitude of 7,000 feet," Stigers said.

The event is designed for the whole family, said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "It's a beautiful area to visit. People can taste cherry pies and pick their own cherries. The festival also will feature pistachios," he said.

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

Admission to the festival and parking is free, Cook said. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.

For more information about the High Rolls-Mountain Park Cherry Festival, call Stigers at (505) 682-3445.