Sunday, 20 March 2011

Cowboy Days at New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum

As we arrived at the museum a red stagecoach drove past, a gunfight was in progress and the bad guy was on the wrong end of a hail of bullets!

We walked through the food vendors, corn dogs, funnel cake, big Texas taters, burritos, tacos, burgers and goodness knows what else. Yes we did try a burger later, especially after I discovered that the big Texas Taters I’d had my eye on were in fact deep fried potato crisps, not baked potatoes as I thought. Oh well!

Our route took us across a Historic Green Bridge.

The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and was once a fairly common sight in rural areas it was donated to the museum by the people of Lincoln County.

Our next stop was team roping, a steer is released from a pen, it is chased by two cowboys, one ropes its leg and the other ropes one of its horns and those that do it in the shortest time win; at least we think that’s how it works.

It was really fast and fascinating to watch.

At the round pen we watched Mexican style rodeo, Charros del Pedregal we really enjoyed this. Everyone in the family took part, from Father right down to grandchildren, the rules of the Mexican Rodeo Association (I forget the actual name) are followed and all the costumes are made in Mexico.

The next generation, he was really cute!

And so was she.

We had a great day the museum is really interesting, although having been a brought up on a farm, it’s a bit scary seeing machinery my Dad once used described as ‘antique’ or ‘historical’!

Have fun, we are!

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