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Apple Festival Welcomes Visitors to the Cool Pines

LAS CRUCES - Apples, apples and more apples will be featured at the High Rolls Apple Festival Oct. 17-18 at the community center in High Rolls.

Locally grown apples will be made into apple pies, apple butter and apple cider for the festival, said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. People also will be able to buy everything from jewelry and clothing to ceramics and paintings, he said.

REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

"Otero County apples are some of the best around," Cook said. "High Rolls is at 7,000 feet, so people can really feel the chill of fall weather. It's also a great chance to buy some unique, handmade arts and crafts for Christmas."

The festival, which is sponsored by the High Rolls Lions Club, is free, Cook said. Most of the profit from the event will benefit Lions Club charities in the area, including the eye bank and leader-dog program. Apple pies will be made and sold at the festival by the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped in Alamogordo.

High Rolls is located on U.S. Highway 82, 11 miles east of Alamogordo and eight miles west of Cloudcroft. For more information about the festival, contact Will Stigers at (505) 682-3445.