September 27, 2019 12:00 pm — September 28, 2019 10:00 pm

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2019 Chile Cheese Festival!

Sept. 27, 2019 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Sept. 28, 2019 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds
(2500 S. Main Street, Roswell NM)

NEW for 2019! MainStreet Roswell is working together with the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair to bring you a bigger and more awesome event! Join us Sept 27 & 28 for the Piñata & Chile Cheese Festival  and stay for the Fair Sept 30-Oct 5!

Enjoy all the fun from BOTH festivals in one place with free parking and free entry, AND the carnival rides will be open (just pay for the rides you want to enjoy). Sunday will be a switch over day, and on Monday, the FULL Fair will open!

Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the wonderful aroma of fresh roasted chiles as it permeates the air in Roswell? You can purchase all sorts of crafts, collectibles, fresh roasted chile and of course the beautiful red ristras from Graves Farm! Why not try making one of your own (we are planning ristra making 101).

What would the festival be without cheese? Take a tour of Leprino Cheese Plant (be sure to follow the strict dress code). Leprino is the largest private employer in Chaves county and their facility is truly amazing. This is a rare opportunity to peek inside the fascinating process it takes to make their products, followed by a delicious taste (can you say pizza?!). Tickets are only $6 and that includes your bus fare and lunch!

There will be 4 departure times Saturday, September 28. You can buy your Leprino tour tickets below now, or call our office to arrange purchasing tickets in person (575-914-8018).


Pick Your Tour Time


There will be lots of great live music and entertainment. Our Friday headliner will be the Flying J Wranglers from Ruidoso!

Enter our free Ice Cream Eating Contest! (thanks Albertson’s Market for sponsoring this). You can also try your luck at the taco eating contest, jalapeño eating contest, a dance contest, AND a song contest!

Celebrate our local Southwest Dairy Farmers by visiting the Mobile Dairy Classroom, and don’t forget the fun kids cow crafts, and dairy themed contests & drawings!

OPEN TO EVERYONE – enter the third annual “Best of the Southwest Green Chile Stew Competition” sponsored by The Roswell Daily Record. First prize is $300 and 3 XL bags green chiles, second prize is $150 and 2 XL bags green chiles, third prize is $50 and 1 XL bag green chiles! (thanks Graves Farm for sponsoring the green chile prizes!).

Download Green Chile Stew Entry Form HERE

Green Chile Stew Competition

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!
1st place: Laura’s Cafe
2nd place: El Chupacabra
3rd place: Gina Dwyer


Would you like to be a vendor?

Download 2019 Vendor Application HERE

Download Roswell Business License Form HERE

Vendor Space Options (Includes Late Fee After Sept 1st)

This year there will be lots of new and exciting things to see and do!  There will be plenty of family fun and food!  It’s going to be a fun festival!

Schedule will be posted when available

Schedule will be posted when available.


September 27 @ 12:00 pm
September 28 @ 10:00 pm
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