Annual Cowboy Symposium Rides into Lincoln County

One of the nation’s premier cowboy events, the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, returns to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track October 12-14, 2012.

The Symposium – named one of North America's top 100 events by the American Bus Association - welcomes more than 20,000 visitors annually to celebrate all things Western: from cowboy poets, musicians, and chuck wagon cooks to horsemanship demonstrations, Western artists and vendors.

Highlights of the Symposium include the World Championship Chuckwagon Competition (featured on the Food Network's “All-American Festivals”), with prizes totaling $13,000; demonstrations of many different types of horse-related activities, including horsemanship with Craig Cameron, roping, and blacksmithing, and booths brimming with western arts and crafts; activities for the children, including dummy roping, stick-horse barrel racing, goat roping and a goat/sheep scramble; and live music around every corner, plus Friday and Saturday night dances.

Back this year is the Wagons Ho! All American Chuck Wagon Truck Race October 12, 2012. There is no other such race anywhere in the country. This is an event that excites racing and chuck wagon fans alike. The All American Chuck Wagon Truck Race has vehicles that are powered by their 22.5 HP engines. A driver leads teams with three helpers and two outriders, riding either a horse or mule.

Featured musical performers for 2012 include The Gatlin Brothers, Asleep At The Wheel, the Side Kicks, Devon Dawson, Jimmy Burson and Lucy Dean Record, Jimmy Burson Trio, Pete Laumbach, ,J.W. Beeson, Flying J Wranglers, Coby Carter, Chuck Cusimano, Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long, Byron Berline, Floyd Domino Revue, Billy Mata, Jody Nix, Jake Hooker, Texas Playboys with The Tulsa Horns, and Acres Of Fiddles.

Sunday admission is free with performances by gospel artists including Jack and Deb Stone, Charles Clary and the Good News Band, Tommy Allsup and more. Music continues on all stages and demonstration areas remain open.

Call 575-378-4431 or visit