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Saddle Up, Pard'ner! It's Staked Plains Roundup Time!

Saddle Up, Pard'ner!  It's Staked Plains Roundup Time! photo 9/9/2010 12:02:26 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The 20th annual Staked Plains Roundup, sponsored by the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, will be held Thursday, September 16, and Friday, September 17, on the campus of New Mexico Junior College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The yearly event brings to life the Western culture of yesteryear through interactive exhibits, live performances, educational displays, authentic foods and music, and impressive presentations. Visitors to the Roundup will experience music, storytelling, trades, and various livelihoods from a time gone by, including blacksmithing, branding, wool spinning, churning, saddle- and boot-making, honey processing, quilt-making and much more. 

New to this year’s Roundup are Longhorn experts Fred and Marijo Balmer of Folsom Falls Ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern New Mexico.  Several of the Folsom Falls Ranch Longhorns have become well known personalities.  “Real Beef,” for instance, has been featured on television commercials, and “Festus” has been featured in the “Festus at Folsom Falls Ranch” children’s book series.

Back by popular demand is professional trick roper Brice Chapman, along with his talented paint horse Crossfire and his dog Sooner, who have performed several times at the White House.

Visitors will also be able to walk among authentic Western artifacts, enjoy a variety of small animals—including working dogs, and watch talented artists and artisans working at their crafts just as they would have done back in the Old West.  Lunch will be served from an authentic chuck wagon for $12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at 575.392.6730.

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