HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL

Hatch Chile Festival is Sept. 4-5

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The Hatch Chile Festival returns this Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, in Hatch, New Mexico.

This year’s festival is being organized by the Hatch Valley Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with community members, businesses and various organizations from the Hatch Valley, chamber President Lisa Neal said in a news release.

“We’re excited to be hosting this year’s chile festival in town so that visitors can enjoy the same authentic Hatch Valley Chile experience that we enjoy all year-round,” said Melva Aguirre, owner of the Pepper Pot Restaurant in Hatch.

This year’s festival will include a parade, carnival and entertainment provided by local businesses, along with volleyball, soccer and softball tournaments. The festival will be held in the village of Hatch this year and festivities begin about 9 a.m. both days.

Parking will be at and around Hatch Valley High School and there will be a $10 charge to park that helps to defray costs of the festival.

“Having the entire community come together to put on this year’s festival in a big, new way like this is an important step to getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hatch Chile Festival next year on the grand scale it deserves,” Neal said.

The festival was founded to celebrate the annual chile harvest from Hatch Valley fields, attracting more than 30,000 visitors from across the United States and around the world.

Hatch chile is considered among the highest quality found in the world, the news release said.

For vendor information, contact Neal at 575-267-5132 and hatchvalleychamber@gmail.com.

Visit hatchchilefestival.org.