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Experience the Pioneer Way of Life at Staked Plains Roundup

Experience the Pioneer Way of Life at Staked Plains Roundup photo 9/18/2018 2:41:42 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Staked Plains Roundup returns Saturday, September 22nd from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the rodeo arena on the campus of New Mexico Junior College, sponsored by the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. The event includes a Chuck Wagon Cook-off, sanctioned by the American Chuck Wagon Association, plus several western demonstrations and entertainment.

“Staked Plains Roundup is an all-day event for families that showcases the tools and lifestyle of the west,” said Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, director of the museum. “The chuck wagons are authentically restored or replicated wagons, and it’s fun to see them cooking for the competition.”

Along with the chuck wagon cook-off, there are western events all day at the museum, including performances by Trick Roper Brice Chapman at 10:30am; Native-American performers Nino Reyos and Company, with expert hoop dancer Patrick Willie, dancer Rachelle Willie, and Nino Reyos Native American flute music, performing at 11:30am; and cowboy singer Pete Laumbach, who sings original and Southwestern music, performing at 12:30pm. 

Visitors can see a blacksmith working, weaving and spinning demonstrations, branding and bootmaking, a dairy farm demonstration, a Buffalo soldiers camp, and much more.  All events are free for the public.

For those interested in eating an authentic chuck wagon meal, the cost is only $10, for meat, sides and dessert. A limited number of chuck wagon meals will be served at noon. Meal tickets are available in advance at the museum. Any tickets remaining will be sold on the day of the event.

The event will be held at the NMJC Rodeo Arena, near Training and Outreach, off Millen Drive (across from the Zia Park Casino). “Because we host over 1,500 fourth-graders Thursday and Friday at the Rodeo Arena, with a smaller version of Staked Plains Roundup, we decided that, for Saturday’s family event, we would keep the event at the Rodeo Arena,” said Beauchamp. “It makes it easier for the demonstrations, and gives plenty of room for the chuck wagons to set up and begin their cooking.”

Staked Plains Roundup and Chuck Wagon Cook-off is 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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