A 108-year-old tradition

A 108-year-old tradition

From the Las Vegas Optic

Since 1909, the village of Wagon Mound has been celebrating its agricultural heritage and the crop that was once the pride of the local farming community: the pinto bean.

Nowadays, few beans are grown in the area, but the village of Wagon Mound honors its past every Labor Day weekend with the Bean Day festival.

Bean Day got its start when Higinio Gonzales and others cooked a pot of beans behind the local schoolhouse. Gonzales called the event the “Mora County Farmers Jubilee.”