Celebrate spring renewal in Jemez Springs

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The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival.
The event, hosted by Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.
The free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000 acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special Guests include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
Activities are scheduled throughout the day including a chainsaw carving competition and exhibition, cross-cut saw contest, chicken bingo, arts and crafts and the famous Jemez Duck Race.
The Band of Enchantment and Austin Van Landingham will provide musical entertainment.
Children can attend a jump house, get their face painted and much more.
A variety of food and beverages will be offered by vendors. Participants also have the option of a rejuvenating soak in the hot springs.
Free parking and shuttle service will be provided to and from the festival. This service will be available at Jemez Springs Community Park, next to Jemez Valley Credit Union. This is located an easy half-mile walk south of Father Fitzgerald Park. Limited accessible parking will be available onsite.
For more information on the Southwest Jemez Mountains Restoration Project call 438-5431 or visit pashmead@fs.fed.us.