Wild West re-enactors Six Guns and Shady Ladies from El Paso entertain visitors at Graves Farm & Garden sixth annual Farm Festival, Saturday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Dust flew up as the kids took off. They tripped and fell over themselves and each other in the three-legged race, all dead set on rolling across the finish line first.
Meanwhile, other kids cheered as they took on a mechanical bull and parents with little ones chose the perfect pumpkin to walk away with. With hot, roasted corn and a selection of events, the sixth annual Graves Farm Fest at Graves Farm and Garden held entertainment for all ages.
A big hit was the Corn Cannon: a tube that, with a quick and powerful puff of air, shot out ears of corn at pumpkins and a watermelon. Cameron Huebner, 8, was particularly fond of the cannon.
“I’m into shooting stuff,” he said simply. And he was a pretty good shot too.
But just next door was another popular event: the Pumpkin Chunkin. Using a huge slingshot, participants attempted to launch corn, as well as small and large pumpkins, at piles of more pumpkins and a big metal tub.
“I think the small pumpkins are best,” advised Shyla Ervin, a volunteer from Roswell High FFA. Other volunteers at the Pumpkin Chunkin, Austin Peterson from Eastern New Mexico University and Ross Stewart from Dexter FFA, also agreed that the small pumpkins were best because they were the most similar to sports balls.
Jasmine Olague, 6, enjoyed throwing the pumpkins, but her favorite was riding bicycles. In an intense race of large tricycles, Olague said she went fast and beat everyone else.
But for those who didn’t want to be as active, live entertainment was provided by Six Guns and Shady Ladies, a wild west re-enactment group. Making their way back to Roswell for the first time in about 10 years, this was the group’s first time performing at the Farm Fest. The oldest members of the group have been doing this for nearly 15 years.
“It’s like Halloween all year round,” said Melissa Sargent. “And New Mexico has been so wonderful to us. It’s always so great here, so fun and we love coming to (Roswell).”
Another group member, Albert “Doc” Burnham, said performing and traveling around is fantastic.
“We walk around carrying guns and shooting them!” he exclaimed.
As the sun started to set, tired but happy kids walked back to cars with painted on masks and others prepared for the after dark Scary Corn Maze. The Corn Maze will be opened from dark until 11:30 p.m. again on Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31.