Hey Piggy – The Belen Matanza

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Fair Warning – Some viewers might find some of the following image depicting a traditional Matanza (Spanish for butchering or killing) to be disturbing.

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

Matanza in Belen New Mexico (Steven St. John)

This particular Matanza is billed as the biggest in the world. Sponsored by the Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the 12th Annual event was originally scheduled for January 28, but the 2012 community pig roast was briefly canceled entirely over regulatory concerns.

After a outpouring of community support, talks between USDA and the Hispano Chamber turned the cancelation into a one month delay.

The matanza is a fund raiser money for college scholarships for Valencia County students, and helps pays for coats and uniforms for Belen and Los Lunas students. This was my second matanza, the first was featured on this blog here.
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2 Responses to “Hey Piggy – The Belen Matanza”

  1. […] See more photos on Steven’s blog. […]

  2. Wes says:

    Yes, the fried Twinkie thing is a little disturbing, but not too bad. ;-)

    Nice work!

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