Country & Americana Festival is August 17

CELEBRATE BELEN COUNTRY & AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL – A BENEFIT FOR OUR VETERANS

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
WHERE: BELEN’S BECKER STREET FROM SECOND to FIFTH STREETS

This first Celebrate Belen Music event offers music, art, food, & New Mexico wine & beer in a street festival setting on Belen’s downtown Becker Street, located near the Harvey House Museum. This is a benefit for Valencia County Veterans and families in cooperation with the Central Rio Grande Veterans Organization.

Two stages with 10 Country and Americana bands, dancing in the streets!
Artists, Mansion Players Theater Performance, Square Dancing, & More!
Custom Motorcycle, Horseshoe and other Competitions!
Farmer’s Market, Merchandise and Food Vendors! Wine & Beer Gardens!
Veteran Service Organization Booths and Services!
Raffle! Free raffle tickets for donations to Vets of cash and necessities!
RailRunner service between Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Belen for this Festival!
Easy access from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Socorro on I-25.
Camping near the Rio Grande in beautiful Willie Chavez Park!
Lodging at nearby Hotels and RV Park!

This festival is organized by the Celebrate Belen Team which includes the City of Belen, Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, Hispano Chamber of Valencia County, Belen MainStreet Partnership, and local business and community organizations.

For more information, visit www.celebratebelen.com

MainStreet gets BNSF grant for tourism

The Belen MainStreet Partnership this week was awarded a $3,500 grant from Burlington Northern Santa Fe for tourism promotion.

The grant will be used to design, publish and distribute a brochure to promote railroad tourism throughout New Mexico. The brochure will be distributed to hotels, restaurants and tourism hotspots throughout the state.

Belen MainStreet has been working to create self-guided tours of New Mexico’s railroad history for several months, focusing on tours both by car and by rail.

The brochure will make special mention of Belen.

MainStreet gets state tourism grant

The Belen MainStreet Partnership has been awarded a $10,000 grant to promote tourism in Belen.

The New Mexico Tourism Department awarded the money to the MainStreet group after it submitted a proposal to promote tourism from Belen to Santa Fe using the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. The grant will involve cooperation between the various cities along the route.

The grant, part of the Cooperative Marketing Program, has a $10,000 match which has been fundraised from Belen and Santa Fe. Additional donations are expected.

The money will be used to set up tours, where vacationers from around the country will have the chance to see historic sites in Valencia County and eat at some of Belen’s best restaurants.