On behalf of the Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association (aka Southwest Pickers), I sincerely thank the Town of Red River, New Mexico, the Red River Ski Area, New Mexico Arts, the Red River Community House, Red River Real Estate, Auslander Condominiums, Edelweiss Condos, Copper King Lodge, Riverside Lodge & Cabins, Guitar Vista, Bob Fisher (2017 IBMA nominee for “mentor of the year – Tristin Scroggins”), Apple Mountain Music, Carroll Hand Therapy, Road Runner RV Resort, Red River Condos, River Ranch RV Park & Cabins, Allstate Insurance Co., Banjo Bob’s, Ron and Kathy Pekrul, Judy & Michael Muldawer, Mike and Georgia Owens, Bob and Gail Dodge, Fred and Jane Bolton, Gordon and Ellen West, and all our wonderful festival 2017 volunteers.
The 43rd Annual Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival will go down in history as one of the most memorable, enjoyable and successful festivals ever! Producing a three and a half day event that includes concerts, contests, jamming, workshops, special events, food and drink, and all the fun and frolic you can pack into said time is no easy task, and impossible without the dedication and hard work of the Southwest Pickers Board of Directors and friends of the board.
My personal gratitude and kudos go out to; Mr. Casey DenHollander – Vice President, Ms. Pam Spicer – Treasurer, Mr. Fred Bolton – Secretary, Mr. Mike Owens – Red River liaison/venue coordinator, Mr. Gordon West – volunteer coordinator, Mr. Louis Blackwell – contest manager, Mr. Bob Dodge – “SUPER” friend of the board, and Mr. Scott Mathis – Old Time talent coordinator.
We look forward to 2018 and set our goals on providing you, the public and lovers of Bluegrass, Old Time and Traditional Music an even bigger and better event! Stay tuned, get on our e-list and keep your eyes and ears open for the next exciting event coming to you from the Southwest Pickers!
And “…if the good Lord’s willing and the creek don’t rise,” we’ll see ya’ll again next year.
Tony Mora – President