By Jacque Ritchie



Jacque Ritchie

On Saturday July 8, the Aztec Municipal Golf Course was the site of the first annual Aztec Open Air Music Festival. Rock and blues music floated through the air as children frolicked. Folks lounged in the shade of ancient cottonwoods sipping cool drinks while munching burgers and burritos. And the bands played on.

Presented by Hike New Mexico, the event was to benefit Toys for Tots. Admission for the all-day event was $10 or a new unwrapped toy. According to organizer Randy Collins, "We raised over $3,500 for a real important cause." In a telephone interview with the TALON Collins said, "My goal going in was to make sure that no matter how many people showed-up that everybody had fun."

Collins had a lot of help in coordinating the event, "I really want to give a big shout out to Randy Hodge, he really worked his butt off, we sincerely appreciate what he did for us with the venue. He (Hodge) provided everything we could have needed."

The festival hosted six local bands including Big Momma Donna, Trip the Thin Line and San Juan County's own Reverend Catfish.

Collins also wanted to thank the musicians for their participation in the event. "They all were so terrific, they gave of their time for a great cause." Finally Collins said,"I want to give a shout-out to my wonderful wife (and MC) Lisa Collins for keeping everything on schedule and providing humor and entertainment for everybody." As for the future, "This was the very first festival of its kind at the golf course. We are going to work toward possibly having future events like this."

Jacque Ritchie

Dead Pool made an appearance at the Open Air Festival


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