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Arts in the Orchard Celebrates Artists and Crops of Lincoln County

LAS CRUCES - Lincoln County's best pie makers will join talented artists and craftsmen for the third annual Arts in the Orchard event Saturday, Sept. 17. New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project sponsors the event.

"There are many Lincoln County artists, craftsmen and musicians who will be doing live demonstrations throughout the afternoon and the evening. Last year's participants included singers, guitarists, wood carvers and tinsmiths," said Mike Cook, REDTT coordinator. REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

The event begins at noon and continues until 5 p.m. Approximately 30 arts and crafts vendors are expected.

Arts in the Orchard also features the third annual Fruits of the Orchard pie contest, which is open to all Lincoln County residents and their visitors.

"The only restriction in the contest is that the main ingredient in your pie has to be from one of the many varieties of fruit that are grown in Lincoln County," Cook said. "That includes everything from apples and cherries to peaches and plums."

Prizes will be awarded for best apple pie, best fruit of the orchard pie and best Lincoln County harvest pie.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 7 to 12. Children under 6 are free. The event will be held at Coe Ranch near Glencoe, which is 10 miles northeast of Ruidoso Downs.

For more information, call (505) 648-2311 or (505) 354-3332. Or contact REDTT at (505) 646-8009 or visit their World Wide Web site at www.nmsu.edu/~redtt.