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How the West was Fun: The Staked Plains Roundup 2007

How the West was Fun: The Staked Plains Roundup 2007 photo 9/10/2007 5:18:00 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. If local residents ever wanted to experience the Old West in all its authentic, larger-than-life glory, here's their chance. Thanks to last year's overwhelming success, the 17th annual Staked Plains Roundup, held at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, will be expanded to two full days this year: Thursday, September 20th, and Friday, September 21st.

The Roundup, which brings authentic Western culture to vivid life, will feature famous Texan trick roper Brice Chapman performing exciting specialty lasso routines both on and off his horse. Visitors will encounter trades and livelihoods from yesteryear, including blacksmithing, branding, wool spinning, churning, boot- and saddle-making, woodcarving, quilting, and many more.

Area children will be able to walk among authentic Western artifacts, enjoy a variety of small animals, and watch talented artists at work. They will experience hands-on skills such as honey processing, water pumping, and lariat roping while enjoying free popcorn. A working chuck wagon will serve hungry hombres a $10 lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, which is located just north of the New Mexico Junior College campus, will remain open for the duration of the event. In order to better prepare for the significant number of attendees expected, groups of six or more are requested to RSVP at 575.392-6730.

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