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NMSU plans motorcycle ride to support Extension Service, 4-H programs

From the rolling hills of Silver City and ranchlands of Catron and Socorro counties to a high country research ranch at Corona and the pine-covered mountains of Ruidoso, motorcycle riders will experience some of the best views in southern New Mexico as they join in the Ride for the 4-H Clover Aug. 24-25.

Not only will the ride be a chance to experience spectacular New Mexico scenery, participants also will be helping support the programs offered by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and its 4-H youth activities. Riders will have an opportunity to tour and learn about Extension activities in Dona Ana, Grant, Catron, Socorro, and Lincoln counties.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers will join in on the event, driving one of his personal vehicles on August 24, and anyone who wishes to participate, but is not a motorcycle rider, also is welcome.

"My vision for the motorcycle tour is to increase awareness of the importance of 4-H youth programs and the Cooperative Extension Service to New Mexicans," said NMSU Regents Chair Mike Cheney, who also will participate in the ride.

"This is a chance for people to have some fun and learn about the ways we serve New Mexicans, all at the same time," said Jon Boren, director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "We are excited to share information with participants about all the ways we make a difference in the lives of New Mexicans."

Riders will gather for a kick-off breakfast at the Dona Ana County Extension Office in Las Cruces from 7-8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. They'll roll out of Las Cruces at 8 a.m., headed to Silver City through historic Hillsboro, N.M., via Highway 152.

Activities and lunch will be provided by the Grant County Extension office from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Riders then will travel to Reserve, N.M., just in time for great fair exhibits and the junior rodeo action at the 58th annual Catron County Fair.

Riders will leave Reserve at 3 p.m., bound for Socorro, where activities, dinner and a reception will be provided by the Socorro County Extension Office.

Two hotels have partnered with the Extension Service to offer overnight accommodations in Socorro: the Econo Lodge (575-835-1500) and the Comfort Inn (575-838-4400).

Action resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, when riders will get on the road to the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center at Corona, N.M., operated by the Agricultural Experiment Station in NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Activities and a tour of the research center will be from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch.

Participants will then head south to the cool mountains of Ruidoso, where activities will be provided by the Lincoln County Extension Office from 2:30-3 p.m. Riders will be able to tour around Ruidoso, and then head back to Las Cruces to complete the ride.

Cost is just $25 per person, which includes dinner in Socorro and lunch in Corona. Riders also will receive a pin commemorating this unique ride. Proceeds will benefit Extension and 4-H youth programs.

For more information or to register, visit ridefortheclover.nmsu.edu or call 575-646-3015.