September 28, 2018 12:00 pm — September 29, 2018 10:00 pm

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2018 Chile Cheese Festival!

Sept. 28, 2018 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Sept. 29, 2018 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Chaves County Courthouse
(400 N. Main Street, Roswell NM)

Who’s ready to smell the wonderful aroma of fresh roasted chiles as it permeates the air in downtown Roswell? You can purchase all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables, crafts, collectibles, fresh roasted chile and of course the beautiful red ristras from Graves Farm! Why not try making one of your own (we are planning ristra making 101).

What would the festival be without cheese? Take a tour of the Leprino Cheese Plant (be sure to follow the strict dress code). Leprino is the largest employer in Chaves county and their facility is truly amazing. This is a rare opportunity to peek inside the fascinating process it takes to make their products, followed by a delicious taste (can you say pizza?!).

Enter our free Ice Cream Eating Contest! (thanks Albertson’s Market for sponsoring this)

Celebrate our local Southwest Dairy Farmers with fun kids cow crafts and dairy themed contests & drawings! Pick up a free goodie bags from Fair Life Milk (while supplies last).

Friday night is Hispano themed with amazing musicians “Nosotros” performing! Saturday night is Country/Western night with the awesome band of  Tylor Brandon performing! Talented artists, DJs, and comedians will be there to entertain throughout the festival. Stop by and enjoy the shows – for free!

New this year – OPEN TO EVERYONE – enter the “Roswell Daily Record Best of the Southwest Green Chile Stew Competition” sponsored by The Roswell Daily Record. First prize is $300 and 3 XL bags green chile, second prize is $150 and 2 XL bags green chile, third prize is $50 and 1 XL bag green chile! (thanks Graves Farm for sponsoring the green chile prize!).

Congratulations to our Winners!
1st place: Laura’s Cafe
2nd place: El Chupacabra
3rd place: Gina Dwyer

This year there will be lots of new and exciting things to see and do!  There will be plenty of family fun and food!  It’s going to be a fun festival!



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12 Noon Festival opens with
“Guess How Many Cow Candies” Game (at information tent)
Runyan Ranch Peting Zoo
Leprino Tour Ticket Sales
12:00 PM DJ Hendawg music
12:30 PM TBA
1:45 PM Marie Manning
2:00 PM FREE craft table and games open
3:00 PM George’s Bindle Bag
4:10 PM Jay McKittrick Comedian
4:30 PM Way Way Off Broadway
5:00 PM Matthew Palmer
6:15 PM The Triad
8:30 PM Nosotros
10:00 Festival Closes for the night

7:00 AM Farmer’s Gardener’s Market opens
8:00 AM Festival Opens with
DJ Hendawg
Runyan Ranch Petting Zoo
9:00 TBA
9:45 First Tour bus to LEPRINO FOODS leaves from the Roswell Visitors Center
10:00 Nova Rush
10:00 FREE games and craft table open
11:00 Farmer’s Gardener’s Market Closes
11:00 Jay McKittrick
11:25 Way Way Off Broadway
11:45 Second Tour bus to LEPRINO FOODS leaves form the Roswell Visitors Center
12:00 FREE Ice Cream Eating Contest (sign up at information tent)
12:00 Malachi Martin
2:00 Deadline for Roswell Daily Record Best of the Southwest Green Chile Stew Competition entry delivery
2:00 Todd Clark
3:00 Judging of the Roswell Daily Record Best of the Southwest Green Chile Stew Competition
4:00 David Marshall
4:00 FREE Ice Cream Eating Contest (sign up at information tent)
5:00 Awards for the Roswell Daily Record Green Chile Stew Competition
5:15 Mountain Gypsies
6:45 Last Child
8:30 The Tylor Brandon Band
10:00 Festival Closes, See you next year!


September 28 @ 12:00 pm
September 29 @ 10:00 pm
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