For the second year, the Stomp-On -- the museum's major fundraiser -- was held a week prior to the Fair's launch so as not to compete with that expo's opening night rodeo and concert.
It was, however, intermittent rain and wind that put a damper on the night's attendance, and not the Fair.
Per tradition, two country/western-themed bands -- Black Rose from
But it was the occasional, and unwelcome, blast of rain that changed the mood on the grounds from "Bottoms Up" to "
Black Rose, playing under the mansion's expansive porch, was able to soldier on as the drops descended. But Southern Belle, with no cover, was forced to halt the show and cover the equipment once the skies opened.
Overall, though, the vibe was quite rosy.
"I've lost track of how many times I've come here," said
For many Puebloans, the Stomp-On has long been the ideal summer party to reconnect with the old and meet the new.
"It's an absolute tradition," Vivoda said. "It's all I ever knew growing up.
You run into more people here than any other event."
"These are the
In its heyday, the Stomp-On raised as much as
"It's just a unique thing to do," Potestio said. "It's the last big shindig of the summer, a time to see everyone."
This year's Stomp-On was chaired by
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