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Luminarias light Berg Park during Riverglo

Thousands of luminarias lit the paths through Berg Park today during the annual Riverglo event

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — Families and friends wandered the paths of Berg Park tonight as luminarias lit the walkways and illuminated the snow flurries.

Rachel Carlson, 16, left, and Faith Chavers, 16, sing Christmas carols during Riverglo on Friday at Berg Park.

The thousands of luminarias — paper bags with candles anchored inside them — are part of the annual Riverglo celebration put together by the River Reach Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting and enhancing the river trails. The foundation has worked with the city of Farmington to expand and create trails along the Animas River and the San Juan River.

Riverglo includes the luminaria display, a live Nativity scene, holiday music, hot chocolate and apple cider, and small bonfires.

Farmington High School student Faith Chavers, 16, played guitar and sang Christmas carols with her friend Rachel Carlson, 16, in front of a Christmas tree during the event.

"We just wanted to spread a little love and happiness for Christmas," Chavers said.

Meanwhile, Bloomfield residents Tandra and Eddie Malcom walked their 10-month-old Australian shepherds, Faith and Sydney, along with their daughter and her two dogs.

Tandra Malcom, of Bloomfield, walks her dog, Faith, during Riverglo on Friday at Berg Park.

"We're trying to socialize them, so it's good for them to be around other animals and people," Tandra Malcom said.

She said her daughter had attended Riverglo in the past but this was the couple's first year.

"I think it's neat," she said. "I think it's beautiful."

Her reaction was similar to those of the 12 Hermosa Middle School Leadership Class students who helped set up the luminarias this morning. Their teacher, Rebecca Werth, said many students commented on the river scenery.

The students started folding bags for the luminarias about three weeks ago and set the bags up and filled them with sand from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today. Each paper bag had to be filled with sand before the candles were placed in the bags.

Kaden Englert, 13, tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue during Riverglo on Friday at Berg Park.

"I think they're just amazed at how many (luminarias) there are," Werth said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.