By Helena Rodriguez
Heritage Showcase is just the name of the stage for this weekend’s Heritage Days celebration in Portales, but it’s a fitting name, given the versatile lineup of acts .
The slate of entertainment over the two-day 100th birthday celebration Friday and Saturday will include a Three or Four Old Grouches contest, a Teddy Roosevelt look-a-like contest, a trick roper, cowboy poetry, and music by area performers, including one who will sing Willie Nelson songs.
Don’t forget about the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, beginning at Eastern New Mexico University, heading down Abilene St., and ending at the City Park. There will also be fun activities for the family at City Park, from antique tractor games to a Young Riders’ Relay, and a Christian Country Jamboree.
Entertainment and dances will also be held nightly at The Roosevelt restaurant.
Bill Strong, parade co-chairman, said Roosevelt County’s centennial celebration is making for a bigger Heritage Days parade this year.
“The parade will be the largest it’s ever been. There are over 33 participants,” Strong said.
Parade entries include an Amarillo Gorillas ice hockey team mascot, fire trucks from throughout Roosevelt County, antique cars, two honor guards from Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis High School, and much more.
Anna Foster of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce said Heritage showcase is the name of the stage, which will be the site of live entertainment from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the City Park.
While the bigger part of the Heritage Days activities are Saturday, Friday events include a Pioneer Reception at the Memorial Building, the Christian Country Jamboree and acoustic music and a dance at The Roosevelt with Andy Mason and Braxton Taylor and The Fun Brothers.
Among the scheduled acts Saturday are Morris Perry, who will sing Willie Nelson songs, and Pecos Bill and Fluefoot Sue and The Wingdang Doo, which is the Firefly Children’s Theater group.
Additionally, Wild Bill Cathey of Dora will take folks back to the Wild West with his trick roping and bull whipping show and Bob Bird will entertain with cowboy poetry.