Saturday night's Clean Valley Recycling Barn Dance was the main event of the area for dancing and enchilada-eating.

Saturday night's Clean Valley Recycling Barn Dance was the main event of the area for dancing and enchilada-eating. A big crowd of country western and rock 'n' roll fans enjoyed the music of Union Gray, whose rich sound was just the ticket for a big venue like the recycling warehouse main room. Once again, the backdrop done by Steve Simpson and his Otero Junior College stage crew was the main decoration, with handy bales of hay dotted around for a quick resting place for dancers.

New this year was the enchilada bake-off contest. The judges were Ron Hawf, Bob Bosye, Jordan Wouterz, Nick Dienoakobic and Nancy Aschermann. Won't swear to any of the spellings except Aschermann. The title of best enchilada baker for 2016 goes to Cynthia and Cody Long, edging out Casa Del Sol. Actually there should have been a run-off, but the Longs' casserole was all gone.

Added information from Beverly Babb and Dee Hostetler:

The big Blue Monster run by Charlie Nafziger was purchased by dollars from the second Barn Dance, plus a couple of grants. Its primary job is to bale cardboard with a secondary job of mushing plastic. This past year Clean Valley recycled 317 tons of paper and cardboard and 22 of plastic. (Obviously plastic weighs much less but takes up a whole lot more room.)

Folks are welcome to come on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and take a tour of the facility. We also are the center for disposing of all things electrical: old TVs, computers, printers, telephones, etc. There is a charge for most of these items.

Last year the fundraiser was for two bathrooms as we only had outdoor "Dean" toilets. These new facilities were greatly appreciated at this year's function.

Saturday's Barn Dance was for a secondhand truck with a lift unit to assist our volunteers in their pickup of heavy materials and weekly pickup of cardboard, and other household items. We will shortly know how much was raised and how much more we need for this effort.