Ute Lake State Park to host first Prairie Days Festival

Dubbed the short grass and tall tales festival, the inaugural Ute Lake Prairie Days Festival will be on July 19-20 at Ute Lake State park.
“This event will highlight the rich cultural and natural history of the eastern plains of New Mexico,” said Park Superintendent Rodney Paris in a press release.
The festival was launched to foster an appreciation of “all things prairie” and offers stories by Kiowa Indian elders, early morning bird walks or prairie night sky explorations by telescope.
Some bird walks will be led by Grant Beauprez, prairie-chicken biologist for the state’s Department of Game and Fish. There also will be nature hikes on both days