August 8, 9, 10. 1997
Penasco, New Mexico

The Penasco Fiesta has been an ongoing celebration in the PenascoValley since the arrival of the Spanish settlers to the area. During this period, Fray Dominguez established the first Catholic parish at Picuris Pueblo. The parish was named after San Lorenzo who to this day is still honored by the Picuris during their Feast Days of San Lorenzo. Archbishop Sheehan will conduct a mass at the Picuris Pueblo church at 9:00 AM on Sunday, August 10th. Many family reunions are held during this time as former area residents return to the Penasco Valley to reestablish ties with family and friends during the weekend activities.

This year's Penasco Fiesta Queen and Princess candidates are selling raffle tickets to raise funds to buy needed equipment for the newly remodeled Penasco Valley Youth and Family Community Center. The candidates for Queen are Rosita Griego, daaughter of Maneul and Elsie Griego fronm Llano San Juan and Rachel Gottschau, daughter of Larry and Dawn Gottschau also of Llano San Juan. The Princesss candidate is Roxanne Lynn Sanchez, duaghter of David and Lynda Sanchez of Penasco.


This year the Penasco Fiesta committee made up of former queens, local youth and other community members invite you to celebrate our rich historical traditions that have helped to maintain our way of life in the Penasco Valley for the past couple of hundred years.

Fiesta activities include a Family Carnival and booths showcasing food and local crafts. All events will be held at the Martinez Grounds and Hall in Penasco across the street from San Antonio de Padua Catholic Churrch. A parade will be held on Sunday, August 10th starting at 12 noon. The Penasco Fiesta Queen will be crowned on Saturday night, August 9th at 7 p.m. by last years's queen Donna Abeyta. The Fiesta Princess will be crowned by last years Princess Samantha Tafoya .

The parade is open to anyone who wishes to participate. For more information call 587-2165 or 587-0409.

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This Website Created By Nancy Montano
August 6, 1997