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Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is Highlight of Staked Plains Roundup

9/5/2017 2:18:51 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The chuck wagons will be rolling in at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, Saturday, September 16, for a sanctioned Chuck Wagon Cook-off, as part of an all-day Staked Plains Roundup.  The cook-off is sanctioned by the American Chuck Wagon Association.

“This year’s Staked Plains Roundup has been expanded so families and the community can experience the pioneer way of life,” said Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, director of the museum. “The chuck wagons are authentically restored or replicated wagons, that showcase the western lifestyle. To compete in the cook-off, participants are judged on how they set up camp, cook using authentic Old Western tools, and the quality of the food.”

Along with the chuck wagon cook-off, there are western events all day at the museum, including performances by Trick Roper Brice Chapman, Cowboy singer Syd Masters, and Native-American dancers.  Visitors can see a blacksmith working, weaving and spinning demonstrations, branding and bootmaking, a dairy farm demonstration, a small animal petting area, and much more.  All events are free for the public.

“Staked Plains Roundup has traditionally been an event for school children,” said Beauchamp. “Over 1,500 third graders will have a smaller version of Staked Plains Roundup on Thursday and Friday. But we wanted to extend the event to the entire community, and expand the event with more live performances, demonstrations and the chuck wagons.”

For those interested in eating an authentic chuck wagon meal, the cost is only $10, and will be served at noon. A limited number of chuck wagon meals will be served.  The chuck wagon meal will include chicken fried steak, a potato dish, bread, a vegetable, and a dessert.   Meal tickets are available in advance at the museum. Any tickets remaining, will be sold on the day of the event.

Staked Plains Roundup and Chuck Wagon Cook-off is 10:00am – 5:00pm, and is sponsored, in part, by the City of Hobbs Lodgers Tax.  All events are free, except for food. For information, contact the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at 575-492-2678.

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