The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor several events during the year --- some are known locally as “the” social event of the year!
We begin each year with the annual Bat Brigade trip to Santa Fe during the NM Legislative Session. While in Santa Fe, the Bat Brigade meets with various Cabinet Secretaries – the Department of Tourism, Department of Transportation, State Parks, State Land Office, and Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources are among the offices traditionally visited, along with visits with the Governor and Lt. Governor, and the Senators and Representatives from Eddy County. An Eddy County Reception is also hosted by the Artesia and Carlsbad Chambers of Commerce and the Carlsbad Department of Development. The 2016 Bat Brigade is scheduled for January 31 - February 2, 2016.
The Carlsbad 40 Under 40 Class of 2015 was announced at a banquet in their honor on Thursday, April 23, 2015. This annual event will honor forty dynamic young leaders for both their occupational and community leadership. Each nominee wass required to meet certain criteria to be considered. Congratulations to the Class of 2015 - Cody Arrowsmith, Tyler Bennett, Amit Bhakta, Dixie Carroll, Dr. Cristina Castro, Will Cho, Linda Dodd, Steven Ellyson, Jeremy Gadbury, Jaime Hanway, Cory Houston, Clint Hughes, Trent Hughes, Trey Hughes, Chad Ingram, Kristin Licht, Gabe Lopez, Dr. Linda Marion, Cassandra Marrs, Lane Martin, Matthew Mathis, Peter McWain, Jennifer McWright, Patrick Melvin, Danelle Morrill, Amy Ochoa, Nichole Olsson-Dali, Anna Ongaga, Jessica Onsurez, Jade Ramirez, Wendy Region, Michael Saiz, Eddie Sanchez, Jesse Sievers, Shawn Spence, Maaike Thomas, Roy Thomas, Brandy Villarreal, Terri Walker, Jason Wyatt, and Dr. Yaxi Zhao!
Plans are underway for the 2016 recognition banquet on April 21, 2016!
Carlsbad's 2nd Annual Microbrew Festival on the Pecos was Saturday May 9, 2015 on the grounds of the Pecos River Village Conference Center - 711 Muscatel Ave, Carlsbad, NM – from 3 to 9 pm. There were seven microbreweries from New Mexico – Abbey Brewing Co, The Wellhead Brewery, Cottonwood Wine & Brewing, High Desert Brewing Co, Roosevelt Brewing Co, Santa Fe Brewing Co, and Little Toad Creek, specialty foods from Old Windmill Cheese & Ranch Life Jerky, and live music by Carlsbad’s own “Don’t Quit Your Day Job Band”! There was also be food for purchase from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse, Big Dawg, and Lucky Bull Grill. Commemorative t-shirts from Perfect Designs and party cups from B & B Rita Rims were available for purchase.
Only 100 tickets were sold to the VIP event from 3 to 4 pm. Tickets are $50 per person. The purchase included a commemorative pint & t-shirt, one pint of the beer of your choice, AND the opportunity to sample the beer without waiting in long lines! Tickets were $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the public event from 4 to 9 pm. Ticket purchase included a commemorative pint, six beer samples, and one pint of beer of your choice.
The 2nd Annual Microbrew Festival on the Pecos was sponsored by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Albertsons Market, Carlsbad Ford, Madron Services Inc, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Plans are underway for the 3rd annual event May 14, 2016!
In July of each year, the outgoing Board of Directors and Council Chair are recognized for their service during the past year and the new Board of Directors – including the incoming Chairman of the Board, and Council Chairs are seated for the new fiscal year at the Annual Banquet & Meeting. Special recognition is given to the Business of the Year, the Pete Panagopoulos Ambassador of the Year is named, and the Jack Knittel Presidential Award is given by the outgoing Chairman of the Board to a fellow board member who went above and beyond during the year.
Special awards and presentations were made at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet & Meeting on July 9, 2015. Donna Cass, the Chamber’s Senior Administrative Assistant, was recognized for ten years of service to the Chamber! Ernie Carlson, Susan Owen, and Brenda Suggs were recognized as retiring Board members. The Jack E Knittel Presidential Award was presented to Lisa Sexton, the Pete Panagopoulos Ambassador of the Year went to Michele Robertson, and the 2014-15 Business of the Year is Mosaic Potash. Congratulations to all!
Carlsbad is located in a Chihuahuan desert, BUT we have a river running through the heart of town! The river provides a multitude of opportunities to residents and visitors alike. One of those special events is Christmas on the Pecos. Christmas on the Pecos is created by over 100 homeowners who spend hours decorating their riverfront properties with Christmas themed lights -- from the Christmas in the Desert Southwest theme at one home to Santa’s land at another. Carlsbad residents are proud to show off their creativity and their community pride each Christmas season. From the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, Christmas wraps itself around the riverfront, illuminated backyards, boat docks and islands with millions of spectacular lights. You won’t want to miss the sights and sounds of Christmas during this annual event. Tickets will be available in mid-October at www.christmasonthepecos.com.
The Winter Wine Festival began in 2011 and was such a huge success it is now an annual event! Held at the Pecos River Village Conference Center the first weekend in December, it is the perfect complement to Christmas on the Pecos. With New Mexico wineries showcasing their wines, specialty food vendors, and art and crafts from throughout the state, the Conference Center will again be a flurry of activity! Tickets and more information are available online at www.carlsbadwinterwine.com beginning in mid-October and at the Chamber of Commerce - 302 S Canal - beginning November 1, 2015. Mark your calendar - the 5th Annual Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival will be December 4 and 5, 2015!