Cabin Fever Festival In Jemez Springs Saturday

An artist carves an eagle out of a block of wood at the Cabin Fever Festival in Jemez Springs. Courtesy photo


Jemez Springs will provide a much needed reprieve from the lull of winter with the family friendly Cabin Fever Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

A portion of all proceeds will benefit Jemez Valley Animal Amigos – a no kill rescue group. In addition, the Jemez Springs Community Library will be selling more than a dozen books by late author Tony Hillerman – some which are signed – as part of their book sale, and as donated by Hillerman’s daughter.

Cabin Fever Festival will feature more than half a dozen professional chainsaw carvers from Sandia Bear Co. who will transform wood into works of art throughout the event, thanks to wood and products donated by Walatowa Timber Industries. Carvings will be auctioned off beginning at 2 p.m., to benefit Animal Amigos.
Live music by Austin Van begins at 10 a.m. and runs to noon; followed 1-3 p.m. by blues/soul band Train Wreck Blues Band. Plus, for the first time ever at the event, adults 21 and over can enjoy a brew at the Beer Garden.
Several contests will take place at the event including the Pet Food Gone Wild Dog Costume Contest, King Arthur Pie and Cobbler Baking Contest and Cross Cut Saw Competition.
Entries are still being accepted for the dog costume contest, where judging takes place at noon. The first place winner will receive $100 cash; $75 for second place; and $50 for third place. Dogs entering the contest must remain leashed and vaccinated. Winners will be announced shortly after judging takes place.
The King Arthur Pie and Cobbler Baking Contest will feature pies and cobblers from entrants, which will be judged. First place winner will receive $100 in cash; second place will receive a $75 gift card to spend at King Arthur’s Flour and the third place winner will receive a $50 gift card. Pie slices will be sold with half of proceeds going to Animal Amigos.
To enter the Pet Food Gone Wild Dog Costume Contest or King Arthur Flour Pie and Cobbler Baking Contest please email for an entry form and complete rules.
Throughout the event, the Cross Cut Saw competition will give visitors a chance to win cash prizes for quickest cut time per team and per individual. Entry fees to participate are $5 per person. A live auction will begin at 2 p.m., where visitors can bet on a favorite wooden piece of art to benefit Animal Amigos.
The festival includes arts and crafts, food, vendors and Chicken Poop Bingo, where chickens ultimately decide who will win cash prizes. A silent auction featuring dozens of unusual donated items will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to raise money for Animal Amigos.
The Cabin Fever Festival is free, however, some games such as Chicken Poop Bingo, Cross Cut Saw Competition have nominal fees, with proceeds benefiting Animal Amigos.
Cabin Fever Sponsors who helped make the event possible include: key sponsor Pet Food Gone Wild, along with Walatowa Timber Industries, King Arthur Flour, Laughing Lizard Inn, and Jemez Valley Credit Union and Sandoval County Tourism Alliance.
The Cabin Fever Festival is at Jemez Springs Plaza, 080 Jemez Springs Plaza and is accessible via Hwy 550 to Hwy 4. For more information about the Cabin Fever Festival visit the Facebook page at:  Facebook/CabinFeverFestival or call 575.829.3540.