Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western week

June 16, 2017 • Local News

June 13-17
The Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western week takes place at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, 1601 E. Greene St. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

June 16-17
Eighth annual Smokin’ on the Plaza
On both days there will be an IBCA sanctioned barbecue cook-off at the Lea County Fairgrounds with a $10,000 payout, including children’s competition. Live concerts on Friday featured Kyle Park and today will feature the Justin Kemp Band. There will also be vendors, a beer garden and other entertainment. For more information, call 575-396-1418 or visit its Facebook page.

June 16-18
Gem and Mineral Show
The Carlsbad Gem and Mineral Society hosts the annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Living Desert State Park and Zootoday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the show. There will be educational displays and demonstrations. The public is invited to bring in unknown minerals or rocks. Experts will be on hand to identify them. There will be also jewelry, gems, fossils and minerals for sale. The Carlsbad Gem and Mineral Society uses its profits from the annual show to provide scholarships at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. For more information, email or visit

June 17
Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert
Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guest Rodney Atkins and Parmalee perform at tonight at 7 p.m. at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon. Tickets are $76. VIP access tickets are $126. The legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, known for such mega-hits as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” “Working for MCA” and “I Ain’t the One,” has sold over 28 million records in the United States and has earned a reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time. Also playing will be Parmalee, the chart-topping country rock group with roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues. Their debut country album, “Feels Like Carolina,” has produced such hit singles as “Carolina,” Close Your Eyes,” and “Already Callin’ You Mine,” and has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today and Billboard. Rodney Atkins has released six No. 1 songs and recently debuted his latest smash single, “Take a Back Road.” For more information and tickets, visit or call 1-800-545-9011.

June 23
Reckless Kelly
The Spencer Theater Summer Season 2017 continues with Reckless Kelly at 8 p.m. Red Dirt, Texas country with original songs, introspective melodies and dynamic musicianship. The award-winning band of five is steeped in the Austin vibe. Concert tickets start at $39. The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts is located, 108 Spencer Road. For tickets and more information, visit or call 575-336-4800 or 888-818-7872.

June 23-25
Smokin’ on the Pecos
The sixth annual Smokin’ on the Pecos brings the best of barbecue to town. The event is a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned cook-off with competitors coming from around the U.S. There will be also a Cowboy shootout and a beer tent. Live entertainment is provided by Tobias Rene and the Texas Tornados on Friday. Cost is $15 in advance at or $20 at the gate. On Saturday The Long Run: Colorado Tribute to the Eagles perform for free. For more information, or to sign up as a KSBC judge, visit

June 30-July 1
Town Of Gabriella grand opening
The grand opening of the 1880’s Town Of Gabriella, located southwest of Datil takes place each day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. They have four different gunfight reenactment groups performing, The High Plains Outlaws, The Salt River Regulators , the notorious New Mexico Gunfighters Association and The Shawdow Riders joining in for a rip roaring gunfight show. There will be also stagecoach rides and old time photography. Dressing up is encouraged. For more information, call 575-740-7087 or 575-772-5114.

July 1
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest
The Spencer Theater Summer Season 2017 continues with The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest at 8 p.m. (reserved tickets required). Performing pop songs, Americana and traditionals, patriotism rings loud and clear with this 39 member professional military band from Texas. The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts is located, 108 Spencer Rd. For tickets and more information, visit or call 575-336-4800 or 888-818-7872.

July 1-4
Smokey Bear Stampede
July 1. the Western Marketplace opens at 5 p.m. Smokey Bear Rodeo starts each day at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m. the first Rodeo dance takes place. July 2-4, the Western Market place opens 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Youth ranch rodeo takes place July 2 at 1 p.m. At 9 p.m. concert with No Dry County with Hogg Maulies. July 3 Concert by Tanner Huston, followed by Bri Bagwell and the Banned at 9 p.m. July 4 at 11 a.m. BBQ Cook-off. After the rodeo the Fireworks Extravanganza takes place and at 9 p.m. rodeo dance. For more information, visit

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