Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration

The historic event of Bean Day began in 1909 when Higinio Gonzalez and his crew cooked up a pot of beans in wash boilers behind the school house for what was then called the “Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee”. The following year, the name “Bean Day” was born to honor the crop that was once staple of the local farming economy. In those days, Wagon Mound was a major center for the production of pinto beans.

Presently, the event kicks off Friday evening at the Wagon Mound Firehouse with a bean-cleaning party to remove rocks and dirt from the dried beans hauled down from Colorado. The 300 lbs. of beans and 800 lbs. of meat are cooked under the ground in a pit that has been dug at the rodeo grounds. The pit is filled with wood and charcoal and burned all afternoon. At dusk, the beef and beans are placed in the pit, supports and metal are placed over the pit and covered with dirt. In the morning, the pit is uncovered, the temperature of the meat is checked, the feast unearthed and taken to the village park for a free giant outdoor meal of 1,500 or more meals.

Schedule of Events
EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
Friday – August 31st
6pm
Firehouse
6:30pm
Firehouse
7-11pm
Firehouse
Saturday – September 1st
All Day
Railroad Avenue
9am
Veterans Memorial Park
11:30am
Railroad Avenue
2pm
Rodeo Grounds
8pm
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Sunday – September 2nd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
8am
Firehouse
10am
Railroad Avenue
11am
S. Catron Avenue
2pm
Rodeo Grounds
8pm
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Monday – September 3rd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
All Day
Railroad Avenue
8:45am
Railroad Avenue
9:30am
Railroad Avenue
Following Parade
Railroad Avenue
12 noon
Railroad Avenue
12:30pm
Railroad Avenue
12 noon – 3pm
Park
1pm
Santa Clara Parish Hall
2pm
Rodeo Grounds

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