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Red Dirt Black Gold Festival

August 28

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Saturday August 28th, 2021

Welcome to a one-of-a-kind, all day event that brings family fun and a festive environment to Artesia, New Mexico. We mix our oilfield heritage with our country roots and the result is an amazing festival featuring an Olympic competition, cook-off competition, kid fun zone, beer tent and Red Dirt County music. Celebrate the oil and gas industry throughout the day while experiencing downtown Artesia.  Come and enjoy all the festivities to be capped off with a FREE Red Dirt Country concert in the Heritage Plaza parking lot. Whether you are an Artesia native or are looking for a fun filled road trip with an extraordinary destination in mind, then make your way to the most exciting event in Southeast New Mexico.

Event Timeline

Artesia Main Street Sidewalk Sales

Location: Downtown Main Street

Shop MainStreet for one-day-only deals! Hit the streets. There’s more to Red Dirt Black Gold besides music – did someone say shopping? Come to MainStreet for great deals! Downtown retail merchants will host sidewalk sales for any remaining back-to-school shopping.  Looking to cool off in the A/C?  Stop in for lunch specials at one of our local restaurants.

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Cornhole Tournament

Location: Heritage Plaza

Who is ready to be the champion of cornhole? Can you and your team win it all?

• Double Elimination Tournament Format

• Winner’s Bracket 2 out of 3 Game Format

• Loser’s Bracket One & Gone. Winner Stays

• Payout to be determined by the number of teams.

• 1st Place: 25% 2nd Place:10% 3rd Place: 5% of Total Entry Fees

• Contest proceeds benefitting the Artesia Arts & Cultural District


Merchandise Sales

Location Heritage Plaza

Rep RDBG all year long! We have t-shirts for the gents and the ladies.  How about a koozie or two? Need some stickers for your hard hat? We’ve got those too! Check us out on event day – we’ll be selling the goods in the center of the Heritage Plaza parking lot.

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New Mexico Brewfest

Location: Western Bank Parking Lot

Between the August sun and dancing to the Red Dirt tunes you’ll need to cool off! Quench your thirsts in the New Mexico Brewfest. Featuring New Mexico brews, beer, cider and wine – there’s something for everyone at the New Mexico Brewfest!

$10 ENTRY*

*Includes one free pour of your choice.  Must be 21 and older to enter.  All attendees must pay to enter, NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Food Vendors

Location: Heritage Plaza

Plenty of food trucks will be on hand to bring you a great selection of food, drinks and treats to enjoy while enjoying the live music at Red Dirt Black Gold!  If you are looking to become a food vendor please download the application below.

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Music Lineup:

5:30PM Tell Runyan

6:30PM Josh Meloy

8:00PM Bart Crow

10:00PM Reckless Kelly

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