The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's
14th Annual Cowboy Days festival
March 2 and 3, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The event is the museum’s annual tribute to New Mexico’s ranching traditions. Demonstrations that showcase this lifestyle help make this festival unique. The demonstrations include team roping, horseshoeing, blacksmithing, chuck wagon cooking, milking, sewing, weaving and dowsing. The Back Country Horsemen also will be on hand for demonstrations.
Other activities include gunfight re-enactments and a 19th Century Fashion Show by Six Guns & Shady Ladies, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, pony rides for children, horseback and stagecoach rides and the Parade of Breeds, which highlights the six types of beef cattle at the museum. Children’s activities are a big part of the event and the theme is buckaroo training. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days, history comes to life at the museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn. Visitors are encouraged to interact with historical characters as they celebrate the life of a fictional character named Jack Jasper. It's 1893, and poor ol' Jack has died mysteriously after possibly being served a potent pitcher of corn mash liquor. At least that's probably what did it, but speculation is rampant. Everyone in town has shown up to pay their respects, which is useful for the widow Jasper, who is considering options for her next husband, and for the town undertaker, who is always looking for new customers. Someone did check to make sure he was really dead, didn't they?
Musical entertainment always is a big part of Cowboy Days and the lineup this year features Washtub Jerry, Hot Lead, Randy Granger, Kenny Arroyos, James Michael, Steve Cormier, Skunk Valley, Jim Jones and Chris Baker. Authors from the Western Writers of America also will be on hand to sign books and give presentations in the theater.
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