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Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium

October 10, 2019 – October 13, 2019 all-day
Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino
Ruidoso Downs
(575) 378-4431


In the early 1900s, Ray Reed’s family journeyed to New Mexico by covered wagon. They settled on the southeastern plains, in Clovis, where Reed became a musician. In the 1930s, he hitched to Los Angeles in a boxcar to pursue his big-city dreams. But Reed was a cowboy first and foremost, and he eventually returned to New Mexico, where, over time, he witnessed his family’s culture disappearing.In 1990, he started the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium to “preserve and promote the cowboy way of life.” As the festival nears its 30th year, it stands as a singular showcase of the lifestyle that still defines this region.

Each year in October, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico plays host to the nation’s finest cowboy festival with old west storytellers, noted historians, poets, musicians, chuckwagon cook-offs, western artists and craftsmen, cowboy competitions, horse demonstrations, western swing dancing, kids rodeo and educational activities. In 1996, the symposium was selected as the Best Cowboy Cultural Event by the American Cowboy Culture Association or ACCA. In addition, the LCCS has been named one of North America’s top 100 events by the American Bus Association.

The performers, chuckwagon cooks and western craftsmen gathered here represent the best in their fields. They are as diverse in nature as they are in talent, but they all have a common love of the West and the life that it offers.

Take some time to visit with these folks. Their stories are rich with history and their skills are seasoned with time. We hope you enjoy this years Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium and leave with a richer understanding of the “Cowboy Way of Life.” See the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium on Ride TV

Click here to download the complete Event Program for the 2019 Cowboy Symposium.

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