Annual Santa Event Attracts Over 200 Kids

RAC Staff Poses With Santa 

On December 15, Rio Arriba County’s (RAC) Recreation Department, the DWI Program and the Emergency Management Office coordinated the annual Pictures With Santa Event: a free event organized for children to take pictures with Santa Claus, while they participate in coloring contests, compete for door prizes and enjoy free refreshments.

According to Ashley Martinez of Recreation, the event yielded about 250 children, who each received gifts. Martinez added that staff from other RAC Departments, as well as volunteers from the City of Española, also assisted during the event.

Contest winners are as follows:

Coloring contest: Jaden Martinez and Jennifer Martinez  

Word Scramble: Alexis DeVargas and Malakai Lopez

“This event is just one more way in which the County tries to give back to the community,” said Commissioner Barney Trujillo, who was also at the event. “It’s great to see all those smiling faces light up every year.”

-Erika L. Martinez