The idea to throw a party celebrating the pinto bean is a relatively new one.
The Moriarty Pinto Bean Fiesta got its start as an annual affair back in 1986, and while it’s had its ups and downs, it has become a tradition in a strict sense of the word.
And, the 2014 version of the event has a few changes, namely that it is being held a couple of weeks earlier than usual. This year’s Pinto Bean Fiesta will be held Saturday, Sept. 20.
The change came about, according to Mayor Ted Hart, to better reflect when the bean harvest is ready.
“It’s earlier this year, but the beans are ready and so is the city,” Hart said.
In addition to the regular pinto bean activities, the weekend will feature a gun show at the Moriarty Civic Center hosted by the Edgewood Civitans Club and a reunion of the 768th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, which was based near Moriarty in the 1950s.
The annual Run For the Beans will be held starting at 8 a.m. on a farm south of Moriarty.
Sandia MX racetrack also will feature a special 5K Running Dead event in which participants will have to get away from a passel of zombies that have invaded the track.
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch will open for the season on Saturday offering fun and games – and a giant milk can selling ice cream – for the whole family.
The Pinto Bean Fiesta will kick off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Lions Club, which is located off Broadway just north of Old Route 66.
At 9 a.m., the Pinto Bean Fiesta Parade will start in front of Tillery Chevrolet and make its way down Old Route 66 to City Park. Line-up for the parade starts at 7:30 a.m. and it’s free to enter.
After the parade, everyone is invited to go to City Park in the shadow of Moriarty’s water tower for lots of entertainment.
About 45 vendors will be set up in the park, and if you are interested in a frothy fermented beverage, the Rio Grande Brewery and Sierra Blanca Brewing Companies will be serving their award-winning brews in a beer garden.
Bean Fiesta time has long been that time of year that folks all around central New Mexico pick up their supplies of pinto beans. Several area farmers will be selling at the park.
For more information, call the city of Moriarty at 832-4406 or go to cityofmoriarty.org.