BLOOMFIELD — Spring has sprung, and that means Bloomfield Days are here again.
The free community event on Friday and Saturday will offer plenty of food, entertainment and fun for residents.
"This year, we have decided to devote Friday night and have everything centered around the kids," said Janet Mackey, president of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce's board of directors. "The majority of the games and prizes are for kids. Saturday is for everybody, young and old alike. We have our normal selection of vendors."
Games and activities at Kids Night on Friday include a coin dig at 6 p.m., karaoke by King Karaoke of Farmington, a hot dog cookout, water gun alley hosted by the Bloomfield Police Department and a special spraying by a fire truck at 5 p.m.
The two-day celebration of all things Bloomfield will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Park, 301 N. Fifth St. with a few other locations around town.
One of those is a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 1105 N. 1st St. The breakfast is donation-only, and the proceeds will go toward supplying children who attend a Bible camp in August at the church with their own Bible to take home, Mackey said.
If you're an extra-early riser, the Bloomfield Police Department will hold its 16th annual 5K and 10K walk and run at 7 a.m. Registration starts at 6 a.m. Proceeds from the race benefit the Police Athletic League. The race starts at the police department, 711 Ruth Lane.
Approximately 50 vendors will sell food, arts and crafts and other items in the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Three local bands will entertain music lovers in the park. Midnight Crisis will perform Spanish music and other sounds from 10 a.m. to noon, Second Chance will offer rock and country tunes from noon to 2 p.m. and Company, student musicians from San Juan College, will play a variety of music from 2 to 4 p.m.
"It's an event for the community," Mackey said. "If you like music, bring your lawn chair and sunscreen. It's going to be a nice time."
At 2 p.m., the Bloomfield Fire Department will hold its annual duck race in the waters of the San Juan River in Vereda del Rio San Juan Park at the end of First Street.
At 11 a.m., The Wooden Nickel, 900 W. Broadway Ave., will hold its fifth annual juried car and bike show. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and all proceeds from the show's drawing and entry fees will go to the Blue Star Mothers of New Mexico, a nonprofit veterans' organization.
The Wooden Nickel — the iconic Bloomfield tavern with the buffalo statue out front — is run by Arnold Montoya, a Vietnam veteran.
"We wanted to do something to help the Blue Star Mothers because it's a great cause and also my husband's a vet," said Marcia Montoya. "I thought a car show would be fun, and it has been. It has gotten to be a really big, big thing."
Last year, the event raised $2,500 for the veterans' organization, Marcia Montoya said.
Three bands are also scheduled to perform — The Noise, from Blanco, The Lunatics from Durango, Colo., and James and the Devil, from Denver, Colo.
Members of the Animas Roller Girls, a roller derby team from Farmington, will sell drawing tickets and help run family-friendly activities, like a dunk tank, bounce house and inflatable boxing ring.
"I kind of just run things everywhere, and our girls will be helping," said Sommer "Homicidoll Honey" Gurule, a skater with the Animas Roller Girls. "It's kid-friendly. We'll have a tattoo station, a table for our derby league. It's for a great cause and a fun day."