The annual Sunday is Funday is this weekend

What would Sunday is Funday be without a horse being walked through Haynes Park by volunteers from Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (Gary Herron/Observer)

Sunday 17 is Funday is back for the second year after a pandemic-related hiatus in 2020, scheduled for noon to Sunday afternoon 4.

Admission is again $1 for those over 12 and free for those under 12.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Dave Heil, member of the Kiwanis Club of Rio Rancho and organizer of the event.

The traditional mechanical bull, the New Mexico National Guard climbing wall, three fun jumps and performances by Smokey Bear are signed up to be a part of the fun. Haynes Park Pool will also be open.

Entertainment is interspersed with music played by a disc jockey.

The Mayor’s Kickball Tournament is held at the north end of the park. The Haynes Community Center will be the site of a raffle.

In 2021 well over 6,400 people strolled through the park and enjoyed one of the coolest and most exciting events of the summer.

This year’s theme is “Go Green, Rio Rancho”.

Sold-out outlets will have approximately 130 booths where attendees can browse for information, giveaways and games. Local nonprofit organizations will have their own space with the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Alliance.

For vehicle fans, Sunday is Funday is planned with fire and police vehicles and a medical helicopter.

Toilets will be available at the community center and people can also use portable toilets on site.

For a full list of raffle prizes and vendors, visit

Check out The Observer’s website for updates throughout the day on Sunday and full coverage on Monday.

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