Farmington Daily Times
Angela Des Cognets of Golden, Colo., crosses the finish line in the 30-mile course of last year's Road Apple Rally at Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington. The event returns to the park on Saturday.


The 106th annual Northern Navajo Nation Fair takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Shiprock. The event features a parade, livestock shows and competitions, live music, food vendors, a rodeo, an Indian market, exhibits, a fashion show, an arts and crafts show and more. Call 505-368-4305.

The downtown makers market returns from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Orchard Park, 101 Orchard Ave. in downtown Farmington. The event features vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, handmade leather goods, art, repurposed and vintage items, and more. Call 599-8442.

The Harvest Fest takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic School, 404 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington. The event features carnival rides, a dunk tank, bubble balls, a raffle, an auction and food. Admission is free. Call 505-325-7152.

The Curator's Choice Lecture Series at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St., returns at 3 p.m. Saturday with a presentation by curator Jeffrey Richardson on "Billy the Kid and New Mexico's Lincoln County War." Admission is free. Call 505-599-1174 or visit

The Road Apple Rally takes place from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lions Wilderness Park in north Farmington. The event features a variety of beginner and professional bicyclists competing for $4,000 in prizes in the longest-running annual mountain bike race in America. Call 505-599-1197.

The Farmington Growers Market returns at 8 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Tuesday to the parking lot at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The event features dozens of vendors selling fresh produce and other food, and hand-made crafts. Call 334-9496.

The annual Pumpkin Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sutherland Farms, 745 County Road 2900 north of Aztec. The event features tractor train rides, hay rides, a corn slide, a pumpkin patch a corn maze, food and plenty of fresh produce. Admission is $5, free to children 11 and younger. Call 505-334-3578.

The annual Fall Classic Weight Lifting Challenge takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Defined Fitness, 1700 E. 20th St. in Farmington. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Bloomfield Police Athletic League. Admission is free for spectators. Call 580-583-4259.

Chili in October, an annual chili cookoff and salsa competition, takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Berg Park at San Juan Boulevard and Scott Avenue in Farmington. The event features food, live music and a raffle. The $10 admission is good for four tasting cups. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult. Call 505-325-0279.

Farmington Museum director Bart Wilsey delivers a presentation on William Locke, better known as "Farmington's Johnny Appleseed," at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. Admission is free. Call 505-599-1422.

The opening ceremony for the Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington, takes place at 10 a.m. Monday in the Students Suns Lounge. The event features Tomas Hunt and the Yellow World Productions Hoop Dancers, along with a variety of vendors and food. Call 505-566-3623.

Education specialist Donna Thatcher leads the Tuesday Birding session from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. Admission is free. The event includes a leisurely walk of 1 to 2 miles. Call 505-599-1422.

The Citizens Bank Broadening Horizons Lecture Series at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington, features a presentation by founder and executive director George McGraw of the DigDeep Navajo Water Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theatre on the college campus. Admission is free. Call 505-566-3430.

A painting and barbecue session led by artist Marci Clark takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 3701 E. Messina Drive. No. 100 in Farmington. For $30, participants will be taken through the process of creating a painting and enjoy free ice cream. Call 505-360-3430.

Historian Nancy Bartlit delivers a presentation on the Navajo code talkers at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Aztec Senior Center, 101 S. Park Ave., during the monthly meeting of the San Juan County Historical Society. Admission is free, and the meeting is open to the public.

A free screening of the documentary film "Run Hopi" will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington as part of the college Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Call 505-566-3623.