New Mexico Honors Cowboy Lifestyle

Carrizozo Cowboy Days celebration takes place June 12-14

By: By Christine Trang

Cowboy fans will have the opportunity to put on their western hats, wear their cowboy shirts and slip on their boots for three days of music, heritage and, of course, cowboys, horses and cattle in New Mexico.

From June 12-14, the Carrizozo Cowboy Days celebration is taking place in Carrizozo, N.M., with events and activities for youth, families, adults and seniors alike.

Here, travelers can honor the cowboy lifestyle with entertainment that will include top Western bands and vocalists; storytellers; poetry readings; street dancers; golf tournaments; range war shoot-outs; cowboy church services; and a large exhibit hall where travelers can purchase jewelry, clothing, furniture and leather goods.

Children can participate in the Kid’s Rodeo, where all events will contain non-livestock. Activities for children include, but are not limited to, a wooden cow milking contest, a broomstick horse barrel racing and a rope twirling contest. For those interested, youth ropes will be available for sale. Biscuits, gravy and cowboy coffee will also be available to travelers at all times.

The celebration is both conducted and organized by 16 ranchers, cowboys, businessmen and women, professionals, laborers and aficionados who volunteer their time and resources to preserve this colorful past.

Carrizozo Cowboy Days