Top Pick As Favorite July Weekend Destination: Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show Continues to Draw Families to this 40th Annual Event
OHKAY OWINGEH, N.M., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New Mexico's natural beauty and colorful landscape are the backdrop to one of the most celebrated Native American events of the region, bringing music, dance, food, crafts and culture to thousands of visitors. Now in its 40th year, the historic Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show and Market (formerly the Eight Northern Pueblo Arts & Crafts Show), will take center stage this coming weekend at the Ohkay Conference Center and Hotel Casino in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico, July 21-22.
Considered the largest Native American-owned and operated outdoor arts exhibition and market in the western United States, the show is an important tribal tradition. Ohkay Casino Native American Artist Advocate and Ohkay Owingeh Council Member Peter Garcia, Jr. says show organizers are seeing a welcomed resurgence in attendance inquiries this year and anticipate a large crowd for the two-day event.
"We are thrilled about the pre-event excitement that is building," Garcia says. "It has been such a tradition for attendees, and while we recognize that families are still struggling with the economy, many have made this a summer weekend priority."
Garcia says the July weather will have little impact on the festivities, given that the event takes place inside the casino's conference center. An added plus is free parking. This is the second year the Ohkay Casino has served as the event venue, and visitors won't be disappointed. They'll be treated to an array of entertainment by traditional Pueblo dancers, as well as the Native American beat of drums, flutes and singers. Pueblo-inspired cuisine will likely draw families to the event, including such favorites as bowls of red or green chile, posole, Indian tacos, oven bread, fry bread, Indian cookies and pies and other traditional treats.
The Ohkay Conference Center and Hotel Casino is half-way between Santa Fe and Taos on State Road 68 (the road to Taos). Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, www.Ohkay.com.
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