Ute Lake State Park hosts prairie fest

Freedom New Mexico

Ute Lake State Park will host the second annual Ute Lake Prairie Fest today.

Park officials said in a news release visitors may hear Kiowa legends and witness the “brilliant canopy of stars as the old timers saw them more than a century ago.”

“This event will highlight the rich cultural and natural history of the eastern plains of New Mexico,” said Park Superintendent Rodney Paris. “The southern shortgrass prairie has a fascinating ecology and Ute Lake offers great boating and fishing as well.”

The festival was launched last year to foster an appreciation of “all things prairie” and offers stories by Kiowa elders, early morning nature walks or prairie night sky explorations by telescope, according to the news release.

All programs this afternoon and evening are scheduled at the beach by the boat ramp in the main entrance area. The schedule of events is as follows:

• 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Prairie Grass Water Fight

• 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Pronghorns and Prairie Dogs

• 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Native American crafts sale

• 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Prairie Stories of the Kiowa People

• 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Snakes Alive

• 9 p.m. -10 p.m.: Prairie Sky — Reach for the Stars

Ute Lake State Park is three miles west of Logan via N.M. 540.

For information, call 487-2284 or visit the Web site:

http://www.nmparks.com