Sierra County Events, June 2016

Saturday, June 4

WCCD Fiesta

9am-11:30pm, Winston Community Center, Winston

Each year the neighboring communities of Winston, Chiz, Chloride & Dusty throw a party in Winston. This year’s Fiesta includes a 5k run, flea market, raffle, music on the patio, parade, cow chip poker, mechanical bull riding, barbecue lunch, horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament, leg wrestling competition, dance with music by Country Conspiracy, and a 2-day bow shoot. See the WCCD Fiesta on Facebook for more details, or contact Sharon Luna: 575-743-0151,

Saturday, June 4

Adaptive Water Sports Clinic

1pm Saturday through Sunday evening, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

The mission of the New Mexico Adaptive Sports Program is to enhance the lives of children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation. The clinic will include water skiing, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and camping. Participants will arrive and set up camp on Saturday afternoon, then enjoy water sports all day Sunday. The clinic is open to children and adults with disabilities and their family members (link to registration page). Cost is $135 per person. Dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday are included. Volunteers are needed to help make the event a success! Register to volunteer here. The exact location of the event will be provided after registration. For more information contact Brett Maul, 505-954-1224,

Friday through Sunday, June 10-12

Truth or Consequences Centennial Celebration

Downtown Truth or Consequences

Hot Springs New Mexico (also known for the last 66 years as “Truth or Consequences”) celebrates its 100th year as a city in 2016! The Centennial celebration begins Friday evening with a talent show and pot luck at Ralph Edwards Park followed by a dance at the Civic Center with music by “Border Avenue.” Saturday morning’s Centennial Parade will be followed by a performance from the Wild Blue Country Air Force band, and opening ceremonies at downtown’s brand new Healing Waters Plaza. Live music continues on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Cash bar Friday night; cash beer & wine garden Saturday and Sunday. More information is on the T or C Centennial Facebook Page.

Saturday, June 11

Elephant Butte Chili Cook-Off

11am for spectators, Desert Cove Campground, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

This fiery tradition brings chili lovers of all ages together on the shores of Elephant Butte Lake. Competitors are invited to camp Friday night at Desert Cove RV campground and take part in a pot luck. Chili must be ready to taste by 11:45am the next morning. Spectators are allowed in at 11am Saturday to sample the entries and vote for People’s Choice ($2 tasting fee). Cooks’ fee to enter is $20 per batch of red or green chili, or pay $30 to enter in both categories. Showmanship prizes will also be awarded. Enter through the main gate at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Download the entry form and watch the event’s Facebook page for late-breaking info! Contact: Brenda Nelson, 505-604-5046, Park entrance fee or state park pass required.

Saturday, June 11

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:

Tuesday through Friday, June 14-17

Photography Workshop at the Ladder and Armendaris Ranches

Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Spend four days photographing some of the most unique, diverse, pristine and scenic locations in the American Southwest with photographer and educator Jerry Courvoisier. The workshop package includes photo workshop tuition, three nights lodging at Sierra Grande, Tuesday and Thursday night dinners, daily breakfast, a private daily mineral bath, walking tours of Truth or Consequences, and three 4.5-hour guided tours to the Ladder and Armendaris Ranches. Packages start at $1575. Register online or contact Jerry Courvoisier, 505-670-1495,

Friday and Saturday, June 17-18

Sand Castle Competition

Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Build the best castle on Elephant Butte beach, win a prize! Judging is at 4pm Saturday. Contest categories: age 10 and under, 11-17, adults, families. Prizes for all ages! Sponsored by Bartoo Sand & Gravel. More info:

Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19

Junior Open Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake State Park and the
Elephant Butte Community Center

Registration for the Junior Open, a Father’s Day weekend tradition since the late 1970s, is on Friday, June 17th from 3-6pm. A rules meeting follows. Kids must have access to a boat and pay an entry fee of $15 per angler; the fee guarantees every participant a t-shirt, drinks, prizes, and lunch on Saturday. A limit of 5 New Mexico game fish are accepted at weigh-in on Saturday. Trophies are awarded in 3 categories (age 5 through 4th grade; 5th grade through 8th grade; and 9th-12th grades) for categories including biggest and smallest fish. Prizes are given to all entrants. Fishing is on Elephant Butte Lake from 6am-noon Saturday and Sunday, but all other activities—Friday registration, Saturday weigh-in, Saturday cookout and Sunday awards party—are at the Elephant Butte Community Center. Contact: Elephant Butte Bass Anglers, Darrell Arthur, 575-740-0119, or Mike Kmatz, 575-740-2261,

Point Blanc, located inside Bedroxx bowling alley, is one of Sierra County’s best sources for New Mexico-made beer and wine. Art Jam performances will include a solo musician (Ellen Griffin at 7pm), bands (FunkBac at 8pm, Shot Fired at 9pm) and local artist Chantal Elena. 21 and over only. No cover charge. Contact: Chantal Elena Troup, 575-740-0925,

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