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El Camino Real Trade Fair Week 3

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The El Camino Real Trade Fair continues this weekend with cooking, arts and crafts, music and a lecture. The virtual event presented by Bernalillo County and community partners has so far reached over 3,500 Facebook users and logged over 2,300 video views. According to Facebook Insights, most people reached are in the United States (3,105) but the event is also reaching viewers in Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and other countries. Top cities reached are Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Chihuahua, Jemez Pueblo, Santa Fe, Silver City and Puebla.

The series of virtual events highlights the historic trade route between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo from 1598 to 1882. As described by the National Park Service, “this artery of commerce and travel came to be known as El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which meant ‘royal road’ or ‘king’s highway.’ Blazed atop a network of indigenous footpaths and trade corridors that connected Mexico's ancient cultures with the equally ancient cultures of the American Southwest, this highway was the oldest of the great highways heading north. Extended by segments throughout the 16th century, it was at one time the longest road in North America.”

El Camino Real Trade Fair is happening Friday evenings and Saturday mornings through May 1, 2021 on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page. Event videos are premiered at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Participating organizations are Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (National Park Service), Gutierrez Hubbell House Alliance and New Mexico Historic Sites.

This week’s activities are listed below. The full schedule is here.

Friday, April 23 @ 6:30 p.m.

Camino Cooking: Learn to Bake in a Traditional Horno with Martina Rosetta (Demonstration)
Casa San Ysidro / Martina Rosetta, Santo Domingo Pueblo

Make Your Own Papel Picado (Activity)
Kent Swanson, BernCo Public Art Program

Las Flores del Valle (Music/Story)
Storytellers: Carol Vigil and Leila Flores-Dueñas

Saturday, April 24 @ 9 a.m.

Parral Una Ciudad Minera del Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Spanish Only Lecture)
Storytellers: Jorge Carrera, César de la Riva Molina, Jorge Meléndez Fernández, Laura Portillo Larrieu, and Emilia Díaz Arreola
Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)

Make Your Own Adobe Bricks! (Demonstration)
Alexandra McKinney, New Mexico Historic Sites

New this year is the interactive El Camino Real Trade Fair Story Map. It combines geographic information system (GIS) mapping with digital multimedia to add spatial context to the storytelling. On the story map, event-goers can virtually travel the El Camino Real and visit the locations of the trade fair stories, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

For more information, visit the El Camino Real Trade Fair page on, Facebook, and YouTube.

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