Aztec celebrates the holidays with annual event

Hannah Grover

AZTEC – Erica Adame piled her four children and her niece into a wagon pulled by a tractor Saturday afternoon during the Aztec Sparkles event.

Her family had decided to go to the event along with two other families, and the wagon was filled with a dozen children from the three families. They had spent all day taking part in the activities offered through Aztec Sparkles, an annual event held to celebrate Christmas.

Crystal Tradup, left, Justice Farrell, Dalton Eaton and Kamry Johnson enjoy a tractor ride provided by the Four Corners Antique Power Association's Greg Tradup Saturday during the second annual Aztec Sparkles event.

Adame and her children spent part of the day at Sutherland Farms, and as the tractor started to pull the wagon, she said it was the second wagon ride they had gone on that day. Earlier, they had taken a hay ride at Sutherland Farms. She said she enjoyed seeing her children smile during the event.

“The Christmas season just brings about … all the magical things,” she said.

The tractor pulled the wagon through the historical part of Aztec and stopped at the corner of Lovers Lane, where a band called Bluegrass, Lettuce and Tomato was playing the song “Wagon Wheel.”

Wendy DeLaCruz, left, hugs Marita Robinson Saturday before Robinson performs with her band along Lovers Lane during the Aztec Sparkles celebration.

A small fire was burning in a pit beside the band, and several of children climbed out of the wagon to listen to the band play.As the group began playing “Silent Night,” the people on the wagons started to sing along. Once that song ended, they climbed back onto the wagons and headed back to the plaza next to Rubio’s Restaurant, where the wagon rides had started and would end.

Sheri Rogers, an Aztec city commissioner, sat on the wagon beside Adame.

Rogers said her favorite part of the Aztec Sparkles event was seeing the community come together.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Hayzleigh Boushee spends time with Santa Claus Saturday in front of Main Street Music during the second annual Aztec Sparkles event.