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Travel Back in Time to the Old West

Travel Back in Time to the Old West  photo 9/17/2008 2:01:00 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Want to travel back in time to the Wild West? Local residents have the chance to do just that with the 18th annual Staked Plains Roundup. New Mexico Junior College's Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will be hosting the overwhelmingly popular yearly event Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, 2008.

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. Chapman's skills are known from here to the White House, where he recently gave a presentation. He returns this year to the Roundup with his horse, Crossfire, and his dog, Sooner.

Visitors to the Roundup will encounter trades and livelihoods from yesteryear, including blacksmithing, branding, wool spinning, churning, boot- and saddle-making, woodcarving, quilting, and many more. A new addition to this year's activities will be the excitement of watching well-trained cowdogs sort and herd livestock.

Children will especially enjoy Chapman's show and the variety of small animals available to watch. They can experience hands-on skills such as honey processing, water pumping, and lariat roping as well as study a multitude of items used in the Old West.

When visitors get hungry, they can mosey on over to the working chuck wagon that will serve a $15 lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibits will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but due to last year's fantastic response, anyone interested in coming to the Roundup must call or email ahead of time to make reservations.

Join NMJC and travel back in time with the Staked Plains Roundup. To make reservations, or for more information, please call (575) 392-6730, (575) 492-2675, or email

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