The Corrales Harvest Festival returns Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for its 38th year.
“A family favorite event for the past 38 years, the Corrales Harvest Festival is a quintessential Fall experience,” a press release states.
The two-day event showcases the many aspects of the village of Corrales, from its agricultural roots to local artists, merchants and historic culture.
Admission to the event includes access to Festival Central (Kid’s Korner, main food court, live music, beer garden and more) as well as hay rides through the village with 11 tractor stops. Each stop features different activities and attractions for the whole family. Vehicle traffic is restricted to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Parking for the event is free.
“This event brings out the best of our village, and we are thrilled to once again be able to share the agricultural, artistic and historical beauty of our community. This is such an important fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Corrales. It provides the funding for us to send less advantaged children to Kamp Kiwanis, helps us fund our August School Shopping Spree providing clothing to less advantaged children, and other projects to help those, especially children, in need,” 2023 Corrales Harvest Festival Chairperson Lane McIntyre said.
Some highlights along the route include:
• Livestock “petting” area and a poultry show at The Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store
• Horse demonstrations and riding by CHAMP at the Frontier Market
• Kid’s Korner featuring bounce houses, a mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, Sandoval County Master Gardener learning center and more at the Festival Central (the Corrales Soccer Fields)
• A beer garden featuring local breweries, distilleries and wineries.
• Arts and crafts vendors at La Entrada Park
• Live music, food trucks and car shows at the Village Marketplace (the Village Office Complex)
• Chile roasting, live music and locally grown produce at Wagner Farms
• Live music, blacksmithing, weaving and other historical presentations at Casa San Ysidro
• Games, entertainment and more at The Old Church
After the festival, the annual Saturday Night Hootenanny Dance will be held at the Corrales Soccer Fields. This year’s dance features country music artist Kyle Martin. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with music from 7-10 p.m. Food trucks and a beer garden will be on site. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance on the Corrales Harvest Festival website.
Sunday morning kicks off with the Corrales Pet Parade featuring the newly elected Corrales pet mayor. This year’s parade theme is “Star Wars.” The parade begins at 9 a.m. Sunday morning at Target Road near the north end of the village’s commercial district and continues south to the Corrales Recreation Center at 100 Jones Road.
The parade features animals of every kind, and spectators are invited to line the streets to cheer them on. Voting for the pet mayor runs through Sept. 30. Online voting is available on the Harvest Festival website.
According to the Harvest Festival website, attendance for 2023 is expected to exceed 7,500 visitors. The event is staged completely by volunteers, including a core group of 30 committee members and more than 250 additional volunteers contributing.