Las Cruces Local Customs

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    How to buy your chile=Red or Green

    by AGBAT Written May 6, 2012

    Red chile pods are familiar to most people as riestas, that is sun dried whole pods with the skin on. To cook them you have to crush the pods and use the powder. A better local method, which works on green chile also, is to roast the pod until the skin is blackened and then dip it in cold water and take the skin off. Down here in Southern NM in October you buy a bag (gunny sack) of chile, get it roasted in a spinning steel drum and then rinsed off to remove the skin. Next you bag it up and freeze it to have all year long. To really enjoy the chile you then either use it to make jam or dry it and eat it like jerky.

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    Trinity Site Tour

    by e7forever Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Trinity Site is the location where the first atomic bomb was exploded. It is open to the public twice a year. Usually in April and October. Check out the website for more detail.

    **** This year (2005) it is open an extra day on July 16th because it is the 60th anniversary.

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    The Saint of Mesilla - San Albino

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 26, 2009

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    Basilica of San Albino, Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM

    The Basilica is named after San Albino, aka St Aubin, who was born in 469 from a noble family in Vannes, Brittany, France.

    He became an abbot at 35 and then, Bishop of Angers in 529. His grave became a popular pilgrimage destination because of the many miracles which included healing of the sick and restoration of the sight of the blind.

    San Albino also ransomed slaves who were carried off by barbarians or pirates. He died in 549 and his Feast Day is March 1.

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    Southern New Mexico State Fair

    by e7forever Written Jun 20, 2005

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    New Mexico's 2nd Largest Fair. Usually runs from late September to early October. There are rides, food, music, shows, a midway, rodeo, livestock show and much more. Located at the southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.

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    Whole Enchilada Fiesta

    by e7forever Updated Jun 20, 2005

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    World's Largest Enchilada

    Every September come and see the World's Largest Enchilada be made right in front of your eyes. Then after it's done then you can eat a piece of it. The fiesta usually lasts for 3 days and is host to food, games, dancing, and of course the making of the world's largest enchilada. Just to give you guys an idea about how big it really is, here are the ingredients:

    750 lbs. of stone ground corn to make the Masa tortillas

    175 gallons of vegetable oil, heated to cook the tortillas

    75 gallons of red chile sauce

    175 lbs. of grated cheese

    50 lbs. chopped onions

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    Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally

    by e7forever Written Jun 20, 2005

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    Hot Air Balloons

    Usually there is about 100 balloons that fill the sky during this event. It is in January every year. The dates change every year so be sure to check out the web site. For a donation you can go up in a tethered balloon and see Las Cruces from the air.

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