Events in Sierra County New Mexico

Sierra County Events, May 2016

Friday through Sunday, May 6-8

Truth or Consequences Fiesta

Truth or Consequences at-large

Held since Hot Springs changed its name to “Truth or Consequences” in 1950, the annual Fiesta is a weekend full of fun for the whole family. Ralph Edwards Park is the center of the action—with karaoke on Friday night and, following the parade on Saturday, live music, vendors, the junk boat race, a skateboard competition, and more. This year, the Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta will add to the fun; screenings and parties at venues around town are on the schedule. Saturday evening, country music fans can enjoy live music at the Civic Center with Johnny Lee, TG Shephard and Sierra County’s very own Yarbrough Band (buy tickets). It wouldn’t be Fiesta without a rodeo, which happens on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Sunday’s event lineup begins back at the park with the kids’ fishing derby followed by more live music and Film Fiesta events. The Geronimo Springs Museum holds its annual Open House throughout the 3-day weekend, offering free admission and refreshments, while the Fiesta Golf Tournament is held at TorC’s Municipal Golf Course. Forms to participate are on the Fiesta website Forms page. Contact: Fiesta on Facebook or

fiesta schedule

Saturday, May 7

American Bass Association Fishing Tournament

6am, Elephant Butte Lake

A one day fishing tournament on Elephant Butte Lake. Contact: Bobby Brewster, American Bass Association, 575-740-6114.

Saturday, May 7

Black Range Museum Open House

10am-3pm, Main Street, Hillsboro

See the museum, which was recently purchased by the Hillsboro Historical Society (HHS), in its current state before it is closed again to repair and restore the building and inventory its contents. The history of the building is not crystal clear. It was built before 1893 and is best known as the Ocean Grove Hotel, home to the infamous Sadie Orchard and Tom Ying’s restaurant. The museum includes items that belonged to Orchard and Ying as well as a great deal of documentation of the area’s history. The HHS has been raising funds since its inception in 2007 through direct appeals, memberships, play performances, and festivals to make a down payment on the historic building. Continuing donations will allow for continuance of the restoration. The Open House is being held in conjunction with Hillsboro’s Annual Yard Sale. Contact: Garland Bills, Hillsboro Historical Society,

Friday through Sunday, May 13-15

Kayak Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake

Nearly $4,000 in prizes will be awarded in this Catch-Photo-Release fishing tournament. Anyone with a watercraft that floats and is propelled without a motor can enter. First prize is a Hobie MirageDrive Outback Kayak. Second prize is a Malibu Stealth 12 Fishing Kayak. Third prize is a California Board Company Fishing Stand Up Paddleboard. All prize holders will receive Hobie Polarized Sunglasses. Cost: $65 per entrant. For more info follow Zia Kayak Outfitters on Facebook or contact Russ Trager, 575-744-4189,

Friday through Sunday, May 13-15

Hot Springs Festival

Truth or Consequences Hot Springs District

MainStreet Truth or Consequences has put together an amazing line-up of events for the Hot Springs Festival, including music, vendors, field trips, workshops, speakers, a dance, a clothing swap, massage, reiki, reflexology, yoga (for people and for dogs), field trips, activities for kids, and a scavenger hunt. Many events are free. For a schedule and more information check out or contact Linda deMarino,

Saturday, May 14

2nd Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating downtown businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for any late-breaking information. Contact:

Friday through Sunday, May 20-22

Songwriter’s Intensive Retreat

Black Range Lodge, Kingston

Facilitated by the Hard Road Trio joined by Tom Adler, the weekend is designed to take your songwriting to a new level. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, musicians will be mentored, encouraged and inspired to dig deep and let their inner poet flow out into their songs. Kingston and the historic Black Range Lodge offer comfort and welcome, with plenty of cozy, quiet indoor spaces and shady, secluded outdoor spots for the muse to join you. Attendance is limited to 15 participants. The workshop is $180 per person, lodging and meals are separate. Call 575-895-5652 for more information on accommodations. For additional workshop information contact Chris Sanders, 575-571-5298,

Saturday, May 28

Sierra County Farmers Market Season Opener

8:30-11am, Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences

Fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, and crafts are all available at the weekly Farmers Market and there’s live entertainment to boot. All products sold are locally grown and/or made in Sierra County. EBT and Debit cards are accepted. Ralph Edwards Park offers plenty of grassy lawn, shade trees and free parking. Contact: Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375,

Saturday, May 28

“Fly Freedom’s Flag” Boat Parade

Damsite Marina, Elephant Butte Lake

The event begins with a POW/MIA service at the Dam Site Restaurant Patio. Decorated boats meet at Dam Site to start the boat parade at noon. At 12:30 the boats pass by the main boat ramp for wreath toss and playing of taps. All are invited to decorate their boats, RVs or campsites and join the parade honoring those who’ve served in the military. Contact: Will Dooley, 575-744-5567,

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