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Cousins Johnny Avila and Tori Avila enjoy tasters from Amaro Winery Sunday afternoon at the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival. "A very educating experience," said Johnny Avila, "I've never had wine before. This is great!" The festival continues at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m. Monday.

LAS CRUCES — Local wines were showcased throughout the weekend during the annual Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, which wraps up on Monday.

The annual festival includes entertainment, wine and food from local and regional winery and vendors, and is attended by thousands.

The popular fiesta will run from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds,12125 Robert Larson Blvd.

The Monday lineup features Unlyshed at noon and Guitar Slim at 3 p.m.

You can bring sealed bottles of water or soda, but no outside alcohol, coolers or pets are allowed.

Admission is $15 for adults 21 and up and free for those under 21 when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Tickets are available online or at the gate. There is a $3 discount on Monday for active duty military with valid photo I.D. For information, call 575- 522-1232 or visit online at