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Hagerman’s rally shows heart

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From left to right: Brian Erickson, representing Hagerman EMS ambulance team, Hagerman Police Chief Rachelle Bateman and Liliana Marquez, representing the Hagerman Fire Department. The first responders will have their vehicles at the Hagerman Blowback Rally, which is a joint community fundraiser between them and the community. (Submitted Photo)

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First responder and community fundraiser event will benefit two storm victim families

The first responders and community of Hagerman invite the public to the Blowback Rally on Aug. 25 at the Hagerman Community Center, 501 E. Argyle St. The event is a fundraiser for the two families who lost their homes in the June windstorm.

As reported in the Roswell Daily Record on June 6, the storm that went through Hagerman hit the small community with 60- to 80-mph straight-line winds leaving damage and destruction. Fortunately, no one was injured, but two families lost everything they had, including their homes.

The first responders of Hagerman and surrounding areas are inviting everyone to come out, meet them and enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. Police cars and fire trucks will be on location and kids and adults can learn how they function.

Showing a sense of humor, there will be a dunk-a-cop or -firefighter station. A friendly competition of shield versus hose takes place at 3:30 p.m.

At 8 a.m., a sand volleyball tournament will take place — four versus four with six to a team. To register or for more information about the tournament, call 575-840-4864.

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At 11 a.m., teams compete in throwing horseshoes. To register in advance, call 575-626-8813. Registration of teams and payment can also be done that morning.

The Runyan Petting Zoo is bringing its animals. They will be staying from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children will have fun during the day in the bouncy house, with face painting from Let’s Play Entertainment. Comic characters from “Fame One” are waiting to shake hands and give hugs and the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest are putting up an explorer station.

Cowpie bingo gives every player a chance to win cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 at 2 and 5 p.m. A huge bingo grid will be made consisting of 200 squares with numbers from one to 200. Then a cow will be led onto the grid. Whoever holds the ticket with the number matching the square where the cow deposits its pie wins the cash prize. Ticket owners do not need to be present to win.

For tickets, call 575-626-8813. Tickets can be purchased at the Hagerman Police Department, which is located next to the Hagerman Community Center. Tickets can also be purchased from the Hagerman Varsity Cheerleaders and at the Hagerman Town Hall, 209 E. Argyle St.

There will also be a photo booth, donut-eating contest and a pop-with-a-cop station.

Throughout the day, refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. The Hagerman Lions Club is selling hamburgers and hot dogs at noon and the women of St. Catherine’s Church prepare enchilada plates starting at 4:30 p.m.

There will also be an indoor bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m., a movie in the park ends the day. There are no benches in the park, but everyone can bring blankets and chairs.

The schedule is subject to change.

All proceeds of the event will be divided in half and given to the two families to help rebuild their homes.

The organizers are still looking for donations to help funding. For updates, donations or to volunteer, visit the Hagerman Police Department’s Facebook page or call 575-626-8813.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.