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El Camino Real Trade Fair Begins Friday

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Bernalillo County and community partners have teamed up to present the 2021 El Camino Real Trade Fair. The series of virtual events will take place Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for the next four weeks on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page:   

“The goal is to entertain, educate and engage residents with cooking, music, stories and demonstrations relating to the historic El Camino Real,” says Enrico Gradi, Deputy County Manager, Community Services. “With any luck, this will resume as an in-person community event next year. But we are so pleased with the many fun, interactive and educational activities lined up this year!”

Event videos will be premiered on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. This week’s activities are listed below. The full schedule is here and will be announced by news release each week.

New this year is an interactive digital story map that takes the virtual event to a new level. The El Camino Real Trade Fair Story Map produced by Bernalillo County combines geographic information system (GIS) mapping with digital multimedia to add spatial context to the storytelling. On the story map, event-goers can virtually travel the El Camino Real and visit the locations of the trade fair stories, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Participating organizations include Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (National Park Service), Gutierrez Hubbell House Alliance and New Mexico Historic Sites.

To supplement the virtual offerings, partners have put together El Camilo Trade Fair grab and go activity packets. The activity packets can be picked up in person at one of three sites along the Camino. The packets are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. One packet per family, please.

The packets include:

  • Camino Real Junior Ranger activity sheet
  • Cookie Excavation activity
  • What do Archaeologists Find? activity
  • Tools of an Archaeologist activity
  • The Traditional Dichos “Sayings” of New Mexico activity
  • Camino Real Paraje puzzle activity
  • Community Voices Storytelling coloring pages and activities
  • Make Your Own Papel Picado kit including paper, scissors, string, and instructions
  • Stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, and more  

Also included are brochures and information for families to plan their own adventure along the Camino, provided by the National Park Service, New Mexico Historic Sites and Bernalillo County Open Space. Please note that many of the activity sheets will also available for download on the Camino Real Trade Fair story map.

The grab and go activity packets are available at the following locations. Call ahead to confirm supply.

Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Community members can pick up the grab and go packets between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday at the front desk in the lobby. (505) 771-5885

West Side Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Packets are available during grab and go lunch pickup hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please request an activity packet from staff at the meal pickup area. (505) 314-0176

Coronado Historic Site, 485 Kuaua Road, Bernalillo, NM 87004
Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the facility is closed Monday through Wednesday. (505) 867-5351

The week 1 schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Cooking: Pueblo-Style Cherry Pies (Demonstration) with Brenda Tafoya, New Mexico Historic Sites
Southern Journeys of the Jemez People (Music/Story) presented by New Mexico Historic Sites / Jemez Historic Site, Storyteller: Marlon Magdalena, Jemez Pueblo
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Junior Ranger Digital Activity presented by National Trails, National Park Service

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro y La Ruta de Oñate: History & Heritage (Lecture) Storyteller: Joseph P. Sánchez, PhD, University of New Mexico
On the Forge with Blacksmith Dave Sabo (Demonstration) presented by Casa San Ysidro
La Cocina Como Encuentro de Dos Mundos: Part 1 (Lecture)
(The Kitchen as a Meeting of Two Worlds), Storyteller: Teresa Salomón Salazar

For more information, visit the El Camino Real Trade Fair page on, Facebook, and YouTube.

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