Fun Fiesta Contests

By Carlos Padilla

Of course, the annual Truth or Consequences Fiesta conjures up images of a fun parade, crazy costumes, free music and entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors and delicious fair food, but it is also –in the spirit of the game show our town was named after– about fierce and fun competitions.


On Saturday, May 5, warriors of the river will battle for domination of the Rio Grande in the Annual Fiesta Junk Boat Race. The race will begin on the northern shores of the Rio Grande in the shadow of the Cuchillo Negro Bridge, just off State Highway 51. The Junk Boat Race launches at 2 p.m., and will end at Ralph Edwards Park.

Take our word for it – the Fiesta Junk Boat Race is one tradition that you definitely want to start thinking about early. These water warriors are competitive.

Rules state that junk boats must be made out of homemade or recycled materials –pipes, Styrofoam, beer cans, etc.– but absolutely no boat parts, screws or nails. Two people maximum are allowed on each junk boat. Paddling must be done with arms or oars, anything mechanical is not allowed. All participants must wear a lifejacket.

A drawing is held for start positions. The finish line is at Ralph Edwards Park.

Junk boats will be displayed in Ralph Edwards Park after the race.

Cost is $25 per junk boat entry.

To enter, mail the entry fee to CMC Construction Inc.; 900 Marshall St.; Truth or Consequences, NM 87901; or bring the form and fee with you on race day.

Call CMC Construction for more information at (575) 894-0066.


Several sporting tournaments will be held at Ralph Edwards Park over Fiesta Weekend.

On Saturday, May 5, the Annual Basketball Tournament will be held at the basketball courts in Ralph Edwards Park after the parade. Participants from age 8 on up are invited to battle it out for Fiesta Hoops winner.

The Annual Volleyball Tournament will be held at the sand courts of Ralph Edwards Park on Sunday, May 6. This promises to be a grueling and victorious day! The time for the volleyball tournament will be announced closer to the date.

The Kids Fishing Derby is always a popular event. It will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 10 a.m., at the Fishing Pond just west of Ralph Edwards Park.

A Skateboard Contest will be held at the Ralph Edwards Park’s skateboard park on Sunday, May 6 at 12 p.m.

A Horseshoe Pitching Contest will also take place on Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m., as will a vendor food contest.


This year marks the introduction of the Healing Waters Trail Marathon, which will start at Geronimo Springs Museum at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 5.

The Fiesta Poker Tournament will take place at the Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center on South Foch Street on Friday, May 4, starting at 1 p.m.

The Annual Fiesta Duck Race, sponsored by the Truth or Consequences Fire Department, will make its splash on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m., with the finish line at Ralph Edwards Park.

For updates and more information, be sure to check out upcoming editions of The Herald – Sierra County’s only newspaper that’s been here for every Fiesta – since Day One!


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