The All American CowboyFest | Ruidoso Major Events |

The Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium has been reinvented for 2021 as the All American CowboyFest, September 30 – October 2, 2022. This family-friendly, four-day festival at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack is a celebration of Western culture, with live country music on three stages and a rough-stock rodeo on the racetrack. The perfect weekend day trip for heat-weary desert dwellers, longing for those cool mountain breezes. The official 2022 schedule is to be determined

Musical entertainment in 2021 included red dirt pioneer Kevin Fowler and Will Bannister, Thursday, September 30, 7 p.m.; Aaron Watson and Coby Carter, Friday, October 1, 7 p.m.; Western Music Hall of Famer Michael Martin Murphey at noon, and Jake Hooker at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 2. Daytime entertainment includes the Flying Wranglers, The Graham Brothers Band, The Yarbrough Band and Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks.

Can’t forget about the main event! Professional Bull Riders (PBR) take the arena October 1 for another bucking good time. The All American CowboyFest teamed up with Circle P Productions for the rough stock pro rodeo, a new and exciting addition to the racetrack’s storied history, Saturday, October 2, 2 – 4 p.m. The rough stock-only rodeo featured ranch bronc riding, saddle bronc, and bull riding. Twelve cowboys competed, with the top four returning to the championship round during the performance.

Also included are mounted shooting demonstrations, horse training seminars, more than 120 western-style vendors and a children’s barnyard petting zoo. And what would a festival be without food? The tradition continues with the Championship Chuckwagon Cookoff where 12 cooks will compete for the 2022 Cuckwagon Champion title. Multiple competitors from last year are back to defend their titles against new competitors in the meat, beans, potato, bread, dessert, and overall plate categories. 

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 575-378-4140 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PBR tickets include admission to the festival. Separate tickets are available for just the festival, chuckwagon contest, and for the concerts by day. Get more ticket information here.

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