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Festival Offers Homemade Pecan Treats

LAS CRUCES -- Orchard tours, homemade pecan treats and arts and crafts will highlight the Cuchillo Pecan Festival Feb. 28 in Cuchillo.

"If you like pecans, it's an excellent chance to get pecan candy and some really good pies," said Mike Cook, technical writer with the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism project at New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Pecans are an important crop in New Mexico, covering about 25,000 acres. The 1997 harvest is expected to yield 38 million pounds.

Cuchillo, located about 15 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, is classified as a ghost town, Cook said. The community, originally a stage stop, has been there since the 1850s. A museum, store and bar are located in one of the 150-year-old buildings.

The annual festival is to be put on by Bill and Bernice Rich, who own an orchard in Cuchillo. About 20 vendors will sell locally made crafts and food.

Proceeds from the festival will be donated to a charitable organization, Cook said. Last year's festival raised $1,100 for the Boys' and Girls' Ranch located southeast of Santa Fe.

For more information about the festival, Cook at (505)646-8009.