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Staked Plains Roundup

9/9/2014 11:50:29 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame on the campus of New Mexico Junior College will host the annual Staked Plains Roundup Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12.

“This is one of our favorite events,” said Mary Lyle, Director of Education for the Museum. “It gives us the chance to educate the children about the pioneer way of life,” she continued.

“We always look forward to having the children here – there is so much for them to learn about. I think the children will enjoy the opportunity to see the animals,” said Assistant Museum Educator Judy Taylor. According to Taylor and Lyle the children especially enjoyed the dairy demonstration last year. “The dairyman’s demonstration helped the children to actually make the connection between the cow and the milk,” Taylor explained. “It is always such a delight to see those little faces light up when they are given the opportunity to use the simulated milking mechanism – it makes them feel just like a real dairyman,” Taylor noted.

Other demonstrations include: Honey Processing, Spinning and Weaving, Branding, and Folk Dancing. “We try to offer a variety of experiences,” Lyle explained. “This year Karen Salb, of Maciolek Dance Studio will be teaching the children a traditional ‘folk dance,’” Lyle continued. “Karen generously agreed to participate this year and I think the children will really enjoy what she has prepared.”

The NMJC Rodeo Team and Equine Technology Department are “going all out this year,” said Executive Director Dr. Darrell Beauchamp. Beauchamp enlisted their help in setting up and manning the Farm Animal tent. “Professors Clay Hardin and Marty Eakins offered to bring some animals for the children to see. Many children do not have the opportunity to visit zoos or even attend the Lea County Fair − this will be their first time to see a real horse or cow,” Beauchamp explained. Rodeo team members will be manning the “Dummy Roping” demonstration, teaching the children how cowboys practice their roping skills.

The Native American Dancers are traveling from the Zuni Pueblo. “This is our third year to have Native American Dancers performing at the Staked Plains Roundup,” Lyle said. They will appear during the Grand Finale along with Trick Roper Brice Chapman and his trained animals.

Second-grade school groups may make reservations by contacting Judy Taylor at 575-492-2675 or Space is limited so make your reservations early. The museum has a grant to pay for the bussing. “This event is designed for second-graders and not appropriate for younger students,” Taylor explained.

Mary Lyle noted, “the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame board members, and the faculty, staff, and administrators at New Mexico Junior College are due a great deal of thanks for all their hard work in making this event possible. This is a real team effort and the NMJC family always pitches right in.” “We would also like to thank our many sponsors, for their financial support, and our docent volunteers,” Lyle added. 

For more information contact Mary Lyle, Director of Education: 575-492-2679 or

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