Cabin Fever Festival at Jemez Springs set for March 24

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By Bennett Horne

The Village of Jemez Springs is gearing up for a second attempt at its 2018 Cabin Fever Festival.

A forecast of inclement weather forced postponement of the original date of Feb. 24. Now that a new date has been set organizers are anticipating better weather as they finalize preparations for the annual celebration.

“Most weather reports were forecasting highs in the low 30s and gusty winds on the day of the event, so to be prudent and fair to our visitors and vendors, we postponed the event,” said Mayor Bob Wilson. “We apologize to those who had planned to attend our Cabin Fever Festival but we hope they will still attend (later this month).”

The new date for Cabin Fever Festival is March 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The annual event includes a variety of fun activities, including chain saw carving demonstrations by Sandia Bear Company, a dog costume contest, pie-baking competition, live music and arts and crafts.

“What we shoot for is a fun community event,” said Wilson. “We bring in some bands and have mostly local vendors. Some of the non-profit groups from the area participate and the forest service always shows up with some of their demonstrations. It’s just meant to be a fun community event.”

Cabin Fever Festival will be held at Jemez Springs Plaza (Fitzgerald Park). The pie-baking contest starts at 11 a.m. followed by the dog costume contest at noon.

The chain saw carving and auction is scheduled for 3 p.m. The silent auction, as well as the craft and food vendors, will last throughout the event with live music scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 2-4 p.m.