Sunday, May 8, 2011

Truth or Consequences, NM

This was a big weekend for the town of Truth or Consequences, also known as T or C. It was the 62nd annual Fiesta and Renaissance Fair, held at the Ralph Edwards Park along the Rio Grande. There is a parade, poker tournament, bull riding, live music, duck race, junk boat race, arts and crafts vendors, karaoke contest, etc.
Also the Geronimo Springs Museum downtown had free admission all weekend, so we decided to make a day of it and head to T or C yesterday. Our first stop was for lunch at Cafe Bella Luca, a wonderful Italian restaurant which we’ve eaten at before. The grilled pizza is excellent, and the atmosphere is very upscale for the town. We realized it was the first time we’ve eaten in a classy sit down restaurant in a long, long time, and it was a nice change.
The Geronimo Springs Museum was just around the corner, so we stopped in to see what was there.
They have an interesting collection of things relating to the history of Sierra County, NM. There is a huge collection of prehistoric pottery and arrowheads displayed in a really creative and colorful way, a room dedicated to the history of Geronimo, an old log cabin, rocks, fossils, military displays, etc. This is the only picture we took inside the museum. Would you order a beer from that bartender?
There is also a room honoring Ralph Edwards, host of the radio and TV show “Truth or Consequences”, who challenged a town to change it’s name to Truth or Consequences in 1950, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the show. The town of Hot Springs, NM voted to change it’s name, and Ralph Edwards brought his show to town the first weekend in May, 1950 for the first T or C Fiesta. He returned every year for 50 years, long after the show went off the air.
We aren’t big museum people, and had we paid $6 each to get in would have been disappointed, but for free it was an hour well spent.
After all that culture we were ready for something different, so we went to the park to watch the Junk Boat race.
Here are the rules: “Junk boats must be made out of homemade or recycled materials -- pipes, styrofoam, beer cans, etc...but absolutely no boat parts, screws, or nails!”
The winners. They were way ahead of the rest of the bunch.
It was in the 90’s, and although they were going downstream there was a strong headwind, so none of them appeared to be having much fun.
We never did hear what the prizes were, but I have a feeling they weren’t much.
Although T or C is supposed to be a big retirement and arts community, it is a sad looking town, and one we can’t imagine living in. Maybe we’re missing something, but we’ve yet to figure it out.


  1. Those boats are hilarious. People can sure be creative when they put their minds to it. But they do look rather hot and tired. I think all in all, I'd rather be watching than actively participating in this LOL!

  2. I agree with Donna K...looks like hard work to me. They sure weren't lacking for creativity.

    Glad you had a good day!

  3. Jeff and I definitely agree with your opinion of T or C. We had read about the place and expected something very different than we found. We visited the town both times that we stayed out at Elephant Butte SP, but we were always eager to leave.
    We would have possibly enjoyed watching the junk boats... but instead of being there in the sunny 90 degree weather, we are in Central Oregon where we had hail and rain today.

  4. Our feelings about T oe C are the same as yours, but we sure love Monticello campground!


  5. Thanks for the background of T or C. I didn't know that. Looks like you had a great day! Great pics of those junk boats.