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A fabulous first for Zuni Autumn Fest

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On Oct. 9, the Zuni Autumn Fest kicked off its debut, spanning noon till dusk on the Old Zuni High School field at 1203 Hwy. 53. With live music, artistry, a bike-and-run, and food, the event was sponsored in part by Jamon Graphic and Printing, The Best Lemonade stand, friends, and local businesses.

Carlton Jamon, the creator of the event, told the Sun he did it “for the community” and “so they can enjoy the art and listen to good music.”

Among the audience members interviewed, all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the many sets, and no one was disappointed.

“Maybe it’s not such a good idea to have [the fest] during football season,” Jamon said of the event, which was held on a Sunday.

Indeed, there was a slow start with a dwindling crowd, but in the end, the finish was a strong one.

The performing artists included Voodoo Rhythm Band, and Blue Shades, and the set that really captured the essence of the fest was the sassy-meets-beauty duo, Dey and Nite, who played guitar and vocals to covers of the great Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, and Jimmy Hendricks.

Without any help, the sisters from Gallup mixed humor with music, and in announcing every mistake they made, they sprinkled in a little sass — and had the crowd laughing and enjoying themselves, to boot.

With more to come next year, the first-ever Autumn Fest had a positively great start.

Story and photos by Randy Delena

For the Sun