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Coffee-Boiling Contest Highlights Alamo Indian Day

LAS CRUCES -- Contests for the best fry bread and fastest coffee boiling will be among the highlights of the 18th annual Alamo Indian Day, Oct.9-10, at the Alamo Band Navajo Tribe in Alamo.

"Contestants will make coffee over an open fire during the coffee-boiling contest. The first person to bring the coffee to a boil will win," said Mike Cook, technical writer with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project. "And if you've never tasted fry bread, this will be a great time to get a sample after the fry bread contest."

Festival-goers can listen to Native American songs and watch centuries-old dances, he said. They also will have a chance to buy arts and crafts from local vendors.

Other activities will include a parade, a street dance, a 4-H lamb show, a 3-D archery contest, a pie-eating contest and the "Miss Alamo 1998-99" competition.

"REDTT is very proud to participate in this year's Alamo Indian Day for the first time ever," Cook said. "We provided grant funds to help pay for signs and contest prizes."

REDTT is a project of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service that promotes agriculture through tourism.

Admission to Alamo Indian Day is free. For more information, contact Wanda Apachito at (505) 854-2686.