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Ancient Way Fall Festival to Feature Food, Music, Entertainment

LAS CRUCES Ð The first annual Ancient Way Fall Festival will be held Oct. 6-8 along New Mexico Highway 53 between Grants and Zuni.

"The route between Grants and Zuni is better known as the Ancient Way because it has been a major path for humanity for millennia," said Mike Cook, director of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

REDTT, a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

"Imagine Zuni Indian dancers, Navajo storytellers, Native American artisans and craftsmen performing and offering their wares and talents," he said. "That is what you will find during this unique festival."

The festival will feature Native American food, music, entertainment, arts and crafts and tours of the nearby Ice Caves and Bandera Crater. Also featured will be attractions at El Morro National Monument, Ramah Museum, and the lava tubes at El Malpais National Monument.

"As an added attraction, Grants will be holding its annual Chile Festival at the same time," Cook said.

For more information on the festival, contact Brian Quigley at El Morro National Monument at (505) 783-4226. Or contact REDTT at (505) 646-8009 or www.nmquest.org.