With the 2021 Corrales Harvest Festival cancelled due to safety concerns during the pandemic, a few related activities and side events are continuing. The Pet Mayor election, for example, is still under way. The winner will be announced on Sunday, September 26, which would have been the final day of the festival. Candidates include five dogs, a peacock, a Canada goose and a cat. Voting continues online, at the Corrales Growers’ Market and at stores up and down Corrales Road.

But the usual Pet Parade associated with the festival will not be held this year. Another parade had been planned by Mayor Jo Anne Roake to build community interest in the 50th anniversary of Corrales’ incorporation as a municipality. That was to have culminated in the opening of the time capsule outside the Village Office. “The Village hasn’t given up on the parade, but that’s not happening for awhile,” the mayor explained.

Another event long associated with the festival, the annual race along Corrales’ ditch banks (most recently known as the Corrida de Corrales) was held as planned although it had been decided to  precede the festival by a week. A stronger than usual participation in the Corrales Ditch Run was indicated by sign-ups as of September 18. A highlight of the annual festival has been the Growers’ Market on its final day. That will go on as usual on Sunday, September 26, regardless of the festival’s cancellation.

And the Corrales Historical Society has shifted gears on what had traditionally been its contribution to the Harvest Festival: special exhibits and activities at the Old Church. All that was cancelled… except for fundraising homemade pies, a raffle for a Celtic knot quilt and sale of notecards and other gifts in front of the Old Church Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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