The 2023 Mayor’s Sunday is Funday is this weekend.

This year’s Sunday is Funday will be the 18th annual event that brings the community together for an afternoon of fun. It’ll take place on Aug. 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Haynes Park.

This family event will feature games, music, entertainment, food, vendor booths, a raffle and various activities. The theme this year is Community Unity.

“It’s the most exciting event of the year. Get over there, take over Haynes Park, and we’ve got the mayor’s competition and we’ve got so many other things going on,” Mayor Gregg Hull said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. The pool is open as part of it, reminding everybody that 12 and under are free; anybody over that is a dollar to get in.”

More than 140 vendor booths were on hand in 2022 and more than 6,500 people attended the event. More than 6,000 went in 2021.

Hull is also looking for a three-peat in the kickball competition this weekend.

“We’ve won it the last two years in a row. So we’re going to be the defending champions this year to see if we can hang on, if the Mayor’s Posse can hang on to the Tony Popper trophy this year,” Hull said. “So we’re really excited about it. We just want to invite everybody to come out and have a great time. It’s always an amazing event, we see so many people come out and come together as a community. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody, looking forward to seeing all the vendors and all the nonprofits that come out to support the event.”

The kickball trophy is named after Tony Popper, who had the idea for Sunday is Funday in 2005. He wanted a picnic event that provided a fun and budget-friendly experience that all residents and neighbors of Rio Rancho could enjoy.

The Mayor’s Sunday is Funday is sponsored and coordinated by the Rio Rancho Kiwanis Club and Community Service Partners. After paying event expenses, proceeds will benefit youth programs in Rio Rancho.