The annual Sunday is Funday is this weekend

What would Funday be on Sunday without a horse, seen being guided through Haynes Park by volunteers from Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (Gary Herron/Observer)

The 17th Sunday is Funday is back for the second year after a pandemic-related hiatus in 2020, scheduled from noon to 4 Sunday afternoon.

Admission is again $1 for those over 12 and free for those 12 or younger.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Dave Heil, Rio Rancho Kiwanis Club member and event organizer.

The traditional mechanical bull, New Mexico National Guard rock climbing wall, three fun jumps, and Smokey Bear appearances are signed to be part of that fun. The Haynes Park Pool will also be open.

The entertainment will be interspersed with music played by a disc jockey.

The Mayor’s Kickball Tournament will be held at the north end of the park. The Haynes Community Center is set to be the site of a raffle.

In 2021, over 6,400 people strolled through the park, enjoying one of the coolest and most exciting events of the summer.

This year’s theme is “Go Green, Rio Rancho”.

Full vendor spaces will have approximately 130 booths for attendees to browse for information, giveaways and games. Local nonprofits will have their own space with the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Alliance.

For vehicle fans, Sunday is Funday should include fire and police vehicles and a medical helicopter.

Toilets will be available in the community center and people will also be able to use portable toilets on site.

For a complete list of raffle prizes and vendors, visit

Check The Observer’s website for updates throughout Sunday and full Monday coverage.