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NMSU to host rodeo events

New Mexico State University will host an intercollegiate rodeo April 27-28 in an arena to be built near Aggie Memorial Stadium.



New Mexico State University rodeo team member Bailey Gow heads for the finish line at last year's home rodeo. NMSU will host an intercollegiate rodeo April 27-28 in an arena to be built near Aggie Memorial Stadium. (NMSU Agricultural Communications photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

Aside from the intercollegiate rodeo, the NMSU rodeo teams have several events planned for the weekend.

The main rodeo performances on April 27-28 begin at 5 p.m., and are open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children five and younger and NMSU students with their student ID are admitted free.

At 2:30 p.m. on April 27, there will be an Old West style 'bronc drive' down Wells Street from the practice arena to the location of the rodeo.

The Saturday Morning Slack Rodeo begins at 9 a.m. on April 28 and is free to the public.

April 28 events include a tailgate party and 'battle of the bands' from 2 to 5 p.m. These events are open and free to the public.

On April 28, the teams also will host a rodeo and games for children with special needs.

"We have a lot of fun games for the kids, and we'll let them sit on a horse while we lead it around the arena. It really brightens their day, and maybe even their year," Brown said.

The final event, on April 29 beginning at 11 a.m., will be an alumni rodeo featuring past members of NMSU rodeo teams. This event is open and free to the public.
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