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Update 7-27-22


A Renaissance Festival is coming to Carlsbad. On Tuesday, Carlsbad City Council approved a request allowing the Cavern City Renaissance Festival to move forward with its plans to have the event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Carlsbad Beach Park. There are similar events in Las Cruces and Santa Fe that draw thousands of guests each year. We look forward to seeing Carlsbad’s event grow into a major event for residents and tourists.

Organizers plan to bring in food trucks, vendors, entertainment, an armored combat knight’s tournament and alcohol vendors. The event will be a paid-ticketed entry with the area fenced off by organizers, with security present.   Events announced so far include glassblowing, sword fighting and a mermaid cove. There will also be musical acts and live performances. We wish the organizers of this event the very best as they work over the next few months to put everything together.

For more information, please visit, the event’s Facebook page or email


Congratulations to Carlsbad native Dwight Pitcaithley, who was recently selected as an outstanding Eastern New Mexico University alumnus.  This recognition is certainly well deserved – Dwight’s career includes serving as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service and as a professor of history at New Mexico State University. He has authored numerous books on the Civil War and often travels around the region to lecture as a subject matter expert.

Dwight’s parents, Lynne and Al, were legends of their own, and Lynne is in the Carlsbad Hall of Fame.  Dwight has a great story regarding his academic accomplishments. He sometimes struggled in school – but he had to learn to overcome additional challenges in order to achieve success. He’s a great example of the fact that sometimes people just need to find the right niche. Dwight has also been a great friend to the City of Carlsbad. This recent recognition is very well deserved.


We want to help Carlsbad Municipal Schools get word out about the delayed start for Monterrey Elementary students. These students are taking class at the former Riverside Elementary School due to construction at Monterrey this year. Classes will begin Aug. 15 (for kindergarten and first grade) and Aug. 16 (Grades 2-5). Monterrey Teachers will start on Aug. 11. The four days missed due to this delay will be made up at a future date.

Carlsbad has many new families in town who are going to be starting school in a few weeks. Please help us make our newest residents feel welcome.



Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway


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