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Farmers prepare for 25th annual Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival

Posted at 6:04 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 19:27:00-04

PUEBLO — There's only a few days left until one of the biggest events in Pueblo kicks off.

It's the 25th annual Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival which starts Friday and runs through Sunday.

However, before vendors make their way downtown there's still a lot of work to be done. It's a non-stop effort for these vendors, many of them who are farmers.

Dalton Milberger of Milberger Farms said, "Chile is Pueblo and Pueblo is chile...we're picking chile like crazy...making sure we have all of our roasters ready to go."

He said the festival is a big part of the company's business.

"They'll be thousands of bushels down there...we usually get down there around six in the morning and sometimes we don't leave till midnight."

Preparations are also underway at Musso Farms.

Rocky Musso said, "Really excited. Right at this stage maybe a bit overwhelmed. We've got a lot of chile to get out of the field, a lot of preparation that needs to be done, but we're on top of it so I feel really good."

Musso said his goal is "just making sure we pick all the different varieties of chile that we need and that's from extra hot to no heat at all."

For him, along with more than a dozen other people, it's a hustle to get everything done before Friday.

"We're at a lot of people. Some people I don't even know, but they're helping...everyone's doing anywhere from 8-12 hours a day. Everybody's doing their part."

The chile roasters will be in a new spot this year. You can find them in the parking lot by the Senior Resource Development Agency.