Sierra County Events—June 2017

Saturday, June 3

33rd WCCD Fiesta

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

Each year the neighboring communities of Winston, Chiz, Chloride & Dusty throw a giant party in Winston and everyone is invited! This year’s Fiesta includes a 5k run, flea market, raffle, music on the patio with On Call, the parade, cow chip poker, a barbecue lunch, horseshoe tournament, volleyball tournament, nail driving competition, team roping and goat roping at Petersen’s Arena, and in the evening, a dance with music provided by local favorites Tudy Romero & The Silver Bullet Band. A 2-day bow/archer competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday. See the WCCD Fiesta on Facebook for more details, or contact Kristie Hawkins (575-743-2701) or Sharon Luna (575-743-0151,

Saturday, June 3

Chamber of Commerce of Truth or Consequences & Sierra County Annual Banquet

5-9pm, Moose Lodge, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or Consequences

This year’s Chamber banquet will raise money for the production of the Sierra County Visitors Guide, an 8×10 glossy book that’s distributed to area hotels and visitor centers. Menu: mixed green salad, cheese lasagna with either meat or marinara sauce, and key lime tart for dessert. Live music will be furnished by On Call, and Willard Hall will auction off a collection of gifts and goodies. The Moose is a smoke-free facility with a cash bar. Tickets are $20/person, $35/couple, or $125/table of eight. Tickets are available at Desert View Inn, Sea Properties, Miners Claim, or from any Chamber Board member. Contact: 575-894-3536,

Saturday, June 3

Art Jam – with Ellen Griffin, Funkbac, and The Ludlow Massacre

7pm, Art Jam Studios, 219 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Saturday night’s Art Jam starts at 8pm and features performances by Albuquerque’s FunkBac (a blend of reggae, ska, funk, hiphop, blues and rock), T or C native Ellen Griffin (acoustic folk rock musician, appearing with Jesse Gomez), and The Ludlow Massacre. Live drawing and painting all night by Chantal Elena. The show is free and open to all ages. Follow the Facebook event for updates. Contact: 575-740-0925,

Sunday, June 4

Art Jam – with Ross Black, Omar Cuellar, and Moodie Black

6pm, Art Jam Studios, 219 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Art Jam returns on Sunday night with a fresh slate of performers. San Antonio TX artist Ross Fleming is on at 6pm playing folk, country and rock. At 7, Our Friend the Mountain‘s Omar Cuellar from El Paso will play a set of acoustic indie folk. Headliner Moodie Black takes the stage at 9. Known for its “abrasive sound and controversial stage shows” since 2004, Moodie Black is regarded as a legitimate pioneer of mood in a very small class of noise rap. Artist Chantal Elena will paint and draw as part of the night’s entertainment. Art Jam is free and open to all ages. Follow the Facebook event for more info and updates. Contact: 575-740-0925,

Saturday, June 10

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 cook’s pot luck dinner. Chili must be ready to taste by 11am Saturday morning, which is when spectators are admittted and allowed to taste as many entries as they’d like for a $2 donation and vote for People’s Choice. 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. Entry forms are available online. Follow the event on Facebook for updates. Contact: Brenda Nelson, 505-604-5046, Park entrance fee or state park pass required.

Saturday, June 10

Second 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 late-breaking information. Contact:

Saturday, June 17

Starlight Concert Series: Randy Granger

7-10pm, Black Range Lodge, 119 Man Street, Kingston

Inaugurating a new summer series of concerts in Kingston, Native American Randy Granger will play “Southwest world music” — acoustic music blending world flutes, emotive vocals, percussion and ethereal instruments like the PANArt Hang. A full-time musician, spiritual teacher, speaker and minister, Granger tours the U.S. performing and offering workshops, volunteering for hospice care, and playing for Alzheimer ad dementia patients in care facilities. He has also performed with Theatre Dojo of Deming (“An Illiad,” “Killing Buddah”). Granger’s music is sometimes described as “Southwest world music” and is said to have healing properties. Barbara (Aguila) Morrow, a New Mexican of Apache/Tarahumara/Hispanic descent will open the show playing Native American flute and drums. Black Range Vineyards of Hillsboro will offer wine and beer, and CDs will be for sale. Monthly performances are planned throughout the summer, sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council. More info is at and Admission is $10, or $5 for seniors, children under 12, and SCAC members. Contact: Catherine Wanek, SCAC, 575-895-5652,

Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18

Junior Open Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake State Park and the
Elephant Butte Community Center

The Father’s Day weekend fishing tournament has happened annually since the late 1970s! Registration is on Friday, June 16th from 3-6pm. A rules meeting follows. New this year: kids can fish from a boat or from the shore. Weigh in is at noon on Saturday at Marina del Sur. Entry fee is $15 per angler; every participant gets a t-shirt, drinks, prizes, and a hamburger & hot dog lunch on Saturday after weigh-in. Any fish species but carp, catfish and stripers can be weighed in, limit 5 fish. An awards party will be held Sunday, and everyone will win something. Trophies are awarded in 3 categories (5 yrs through 4th grade; 5th grade through 8th grade; and 9th-12th grades) for categories including biggest and smallest fish. Fishing is on Elephant Butte Lake from 6am-noon Saturday and Sunday. Other activities—registration, Saturday’s cookout and Sunday’s 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,

Tuesday through Saturday, June 20-24

Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America

The Spaceport America Cup is designed around the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. More than 110 student rocketry teams from all over the country and world will compete at the event’s biggest year yet. Students will launch solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet. For tickets, volunteer opportunities, contact information and a full schedule of events see the website. There’s also a Facebook page to follow for updates. Children younger than 6 years old are not eligible to attend.

Friday through Sunday, June 23-25

Couples Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa, 311 Marr Street, Truth or Consequences

A three-day experience offered by La Paloma and Casa de Yoga, featuring yoga and Ayurveda plus unlimited hot spring soaks, a river tube trip, a group soak, four meals, champagne Sunday Brunch and nightly accommodations. Book before June 1 to save $25. Early Bird price (before June 8) is $475, pay $500 after June 1. Register on the website or contact Amissa Metcalf (E-RYT300), 915-229-6429.

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