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Regular attendees say Peanut Valley Festival only getting better

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Victoria Jaramillo, center, and her husband Claude Jaramillo, right, browse through items for sale at the Karl’s Coins, Currency, and More booth Saturday afternoon. Jaramillo said she and her husband have attended the Peanut Valley Festival since it began 41 years ago.

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For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age.

Victoria Jaramillo, of Portales, said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago.

“We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at the Indian jewelry.”

They also attend to enjoy the food the vendors have.

“We always like to buy something to eat while we’re here, we really like the curly fries,” she said.

Jaramillo said she likes that the festival has more vendors and activities each year.

The festival, which kicked off Saturday and wraps up today, has vendors that appeal to everyone, according to festival attendee and Clovis resident Marisela Martinez.

Martinez, 28, said she came looking for Christmas gifts and wasn’t disappointed.

“I’ve been coming to the festival for 10 years; it’s one of the best places to find good quality homemade items,” Martinez said.

“The festival has things you can’t find anywhere else.”

First time vendor Petra Rosales of El Paso said her experience at the festival was great.

“The people are so great, I like it here,” Rosales said.

Rosales said she took time to get away from her booth to check out the quilts at the High Plains Quilt Festival at the fairgrounds’ Jake Lopez Building.

“I have seen a lot of quilts in El Paso, but none that are as pretty as the ones here,” Rosales said.

Rosales has been making dolls for 17 years and said the peanut festival has been one of the best places she has set up her booth.

Rosales said she even took the time during the festival to get her flu shot at the Roosevelt County Health Office’s health fair featured at Saturday’s event.

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry said the turn out for Saturday’s festival was slow to start but picked up as the sun came out.

The festival included more than 100 vendors, Terry said.

Terry said the festival only had two no-show vendors on Saturday.

“We have more activities and we’re up on vendors this year,” Terry said.

He said today’s festivities will include the same 110 booths as Saturday as well as performances from Wild Bill Cathey, Josh Sullivan, Randy Chavez y Sol, and Colton Hardy.

Fast facts

Peanut Valley Festival

Where: Roosevelt County Fairgrounds

Admission: Free

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.