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 2017 Bat Brigade is scheduled for January 29 - 31, 2017.
The Carlsbad 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 was announced at a banquet in their honor on Thursday, April 21, 2016. This annual event honors forty dynamic young leaders for both their occupational and community leadership. Each nominee was required to meet certain criteria to be considered. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors - The Carlsbad Current Argus, The Garden Mart, Mosaic Potash, Western Commerce Bank, Nuclear Waste Partnership, Carlsbad Medical Center, and Xcel Energy! Congratulations to Lisa Aguilar, Thomas Anciso, Pradip Aryal, Lee Austin, Franisca Bishop, Wesley Boatwright, Cory Bock, Eric Campos, Francelia Carrasco, Jeremy Creen, Bertha Duenez, Anthony Foreman, Alana Gregory-Carreon, Amy Hui, Fernando Ibarra, Mike Ingram, Shilah Jordan, Nathan Jurva, Wes Kincaid, Martin Lebrun, Ashlyn Lujan, Andrea Molina, Pennie Morton, Morgan Najar, Jeannie Nichols, Ryan Parrish, Tiffany Pascal, Brian Rayroux, Ozzy Rivera-Sanchez, Deana Rogers, Bonnie Sanders, Crystal Smith, Louriz Soto, Shannon Summers, Greg Thompson, Mindy Toothman, Valerie Waddle, James Wheeler, Ryan Williamson, and Stephanie Ybaben!
Carlsbad's 4th Annual Microbrew Festival on the Pecos is Saturday May 13, 2017 on the grounds of the Pecos River Village Conference Center - 711 Muscatel Ave, Carlsbad, NM. Please check back for more information on this fun event!
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. At the 2015-16 event, Century 21 Associated Professionals, Inc was named the 2015-16 Business of the Year, Michele Robertson was awarded the Ambassador of the Year award (this is her 2nd time to receive this honor!), and Mike Calvani received the Jack Knittel Presidential Award for his continued and tireless efforts on Christmas on the Pecos. 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! Plans are underway for the 2016 event - December 2 and 3 - visit again for more details!