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Ten-day fair begins this weekend

LOVINGTON, N.M. – The reputation of the entertainment value of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is powerful, and it’s one reason why tens of thousands of people make their way to Lovington each summer. It’s the concerts. It’s the carnival. It’s the livestock shows and other exhibits. It’s the world-class ProRodeo. Those are just[...]
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Beisel is riding a hot streak

Oklahoma cowgirl uses a trio of horses to Cowboy Christmas success Even under the best of circumstances, Cowboy Christmas is always hectic. Thousands of miles driven, airport drop-offs and multiple rodeos a day for several days. Emily Miller Beisel has been through it before, and she had hoped to make a schedule that would allow[...]
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Fiddlers are a big part of fair

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Mary McClure isn’t one of the founders of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo’s Fiddlers Contest; she’s just its custodian. She’s pretty proud of it, too. This year’s event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, the final day of the regional exposition, and it’s a fitting way to close out[...]
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Mutton busting adds fun to rodeo

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Whether they ride bucking beasts or rope and wrestle steers, many cowboys in ProRodeo today got their starts as youngsters just dreaming of playing on the big stage. For a big number of those, some of their first steps involved riding sheep, better known as mutton busting. Rodeos all across the country[...]
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Lovington special to past champs

LOVINGTON, N.M. – There is something about this community. This is the desert, and the terrain is only for the most rugged to handle, but it’s also inviting for just about anyone. That’s because of the people and the work ethic that packages everything together. It’s why there is a major exposition in this town[...]
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Luke has a champ’s mentality

Branquinho is still in position to make a run at sixth gold buckle The first time Luke Branquinho won the steer wrestling world championship, he was 24 years old. Ten years later, he earned his fifth Montana Silversmiths gold buckle. Father time has been good to the California bulldogger, but like any athlete, things get[...]
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