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The Old West becomes new again each spring at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Cowboy Days, the museum’s biggest event of the year, brings to life New Mexico’s ranching traditions through demonstrations, food, living history activities, and other programs. Cowboy Days returns to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, March 4 & 5, 2022.

Cowboy Days features chuck wagon cooking and other demonstrations, including Colcha embroidery, chair caning, weaving, blacksmithing, dowsing, wool spinning, and wood carving. There are many children’s activities planned, including the popular Sheriff’s School, and rides that feature ponies, the mechanical bull, the stagecoach, and a miniature train.

Also included are performances by local musicians, book signings by Western Writers of America authors, packing demonstrations by the Back Country Horsemen, herding demonstrations by ranch dogs, sheep shearing, and a plant sale, as well as food, arts and crafts vendors and more.

Working in conjunction with the NMFRH, Enchantment Historical Productions saddles up to present demonstrations that make learning fun. Included in their repertoire are gunfight re-enactments, 19th century fashion shows, revival meetings and more. Other groups, like the Borderland Pistoleros Mounted Shooting Group ride in to demonstrate their skills at shooting from horseback.

The museum’s livestock staff hosts the popular Parade of Breeds, in which each of the seven breeds of cattle are brought forward and their unique characteristics are discussed. In addition, costumed museum volunteers set up shop at various sites around the 47-acre facility, portraying characters from the Old West – many recognizable to locals – and interacting with festival goers.

Other organizations providing activities generally include Branigan Library, 4-H, New Mexico Meats, High Noon Leather, Master Gardeners, New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Cattle Growers, Asombro, Cowbelles, and the New Mexico Chile Pepper Institute.

The Old West has never been more accessible, or entertaining, than in this family-friendly celebration of rural traditions, covering the spectrum from age-old customs to contemporary adaptations. For more information, visit the website.

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