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 Taste of Carlsbad features wine tasting from local wineries and food samples from local restaurants. The springtime event has included themes of Winestock, Puttin on the Ritz, the Kentucky Derby, the Wizard of Oz, Luck ‘o the Irish, Western and more! This annual fundraising event includes a silent auction and often allows attendees the opportunity to participate in events like the best hat, best leprechaun, or best hippie contest! March 20, 2014 was the date for "Carlsbad Bandstand - 50's Sock Hop"! Saddle shoes, bobby socks, jeans, and poodle skirts were worn by many! Lucy's Restaurant won the "Best Decorated Resaurant" award and Ken and Joan Peeper won our first-ever dance contest!
The Carlsbad 40 Under 40 Class of 2014 was announced at a banquet in their honor on Thursday, April 24, 2014. This annual event will honored forty-two dynamic young leaders for both their occupatioal and community leadership. Each nominee was required to meet certain criteria to be considered. Congratulations to Anthony Alonzo, Dr. Salim Amrani, Kris Armendariz, Patricia Biebelle, Ryan Blazer, McKenna Bowen, Michelle Brannan, Charity Bock, Allan Burkeen, Crystal Calderon, Julie Chester, Jason Crockett, JR Doporto, Jennifer Dudley, Samantha Flaco, Nicholas Flores, Daniell Frey, Bertha Gomez, Michelle Hansen, Robby Harris, Kerri Dunagan Harvey, Ashley Hernanez, Ricardo Hernandez, Tommie Isbell, Aaron Jones, Kaitlyn Jones, Tammy Lowe, Kyle Marksteiner, Danielle Mathis, Cody May, Amanda Melvin, Justin Raines, Ryan Salcido, David Sedillo, Anna Serrano, Meagan Shott, Edgar Torres, Jill Fowler Torres, Ursulita Trujillo, Taylor Walterscheid, Zach Walterscheid, and Ian White!
New event for 2014! We brought the FIRST Microbrew Festival on the Pecos to Carlsbad on Saturday, May 10 on the grounds of the Pecos River Village Conference Center. There were five microbreweries from New Mexico (Abbey Brewing Company, Desert Water Brewing, High Desert Brewing, Santa Fe Brewing & The Wellhead Brewery) at the event, two specialty food vendors (Old Windmill Cheese & Ranch Life Jerky), live music provided by local bands Don't Quit Your Day Job and Last Child, and food for purchase from Kaleidoscoops, Big Dogs, and the Eddy County Sheriff's Posse. Plans are underway to bring this event back in 2015!
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.
The 2014 Banquet was held on July 17. Dr. Russell Hardy, Judi Waters, and Bob Yeagers were honored for their years of service on the Board. The Jack E. Knittel Presidential Award was presented to Robert Baldridge of Intrepid Potash - New Mexico, Wanda Durham of Durham & Associates was presented with the Pete Panagopoulos Ambassador of the Year award, and Carlsbad National Bank was awarded the Chamber's Business of the Year! Congratulations to all!
In 2013 we added the first Business Expo & Job Fair to our calendar of events. This new event was held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm at the Pecos River Village Conference Center. Participating businesses included CARC Inc., Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad Insurance Agency, Carlsbad Medical Center, Carlsbad National Bank, Chapman's Restaurant, Cimarex Energy Co., CMO Services, Comfort Keepers, Constructors Inc., Cowart Insurance Agency, Deans Inc., Denton Wood Funeral Home, Durham & Associates Architects Inc., Financial Security Credit Union, Fuego Wireless, Garden Mart (the Chamber Commerce Business of the Year!), Good Life Senior Living, Habitat for Humnanity - Carlsbad Area, Harvey & Simons CPA's LLC, Homecare Connection & Hospice, Intrepid Potash, King Solar NM, Kymera Independent Physician's, Lakeview Christian Home, Landsun Homes, Newberry's Designs Unlimited, NMSU-Carlsbad, Pioneer Bank, SafeWorkplaces - Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition, Small Business Development Center, Tate Branch Auto Plex, Trinity Christian Academy, and Western Commmerce Bank.
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.
The Winter Wine Festival began in 2011 and was such a huge success it is now being planned as an annual event! Held at the Pecos River Village Conference Center December 6 & 7, 2013, it was 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 was a flurry of activity! Plans are already underway for the 2014 Winter Wine Festival to be held December 5 & 6, 2014!