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County Festival to Honor Local Hispanics

LAS CRUCES - Lea County's Mexican Heritage Fiesta will honor Hispanics from across the county July 31 at the Lea County Fairgrounds in Lovington.

"The Mexican Heritage Fiesta is a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy the Hispanic heritage that is such a vital part of the past, present and future of New Mexico," said Mike Cook coordinator of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

REDTT, a program of the New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service that promotes agriculture through tourism is co-sponsoring the fiesta.

Activities will begin with a queen contest at 2 p.m. A reception honoring the Hispanic of the Year will follow at 3 p.m. The queen will be crowned during a dance held from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

The cost to attend the dance is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

For more information, contact Rosa Ochoa at the Lovington Chamber of Commerce at (505) 396-5311.