VCC Expo to highlight county's best

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The fifth annual Valencia County Community Expo will be at the Los Lunas "Y" behind Heritage Park this year.

There is no admission charge, although some of the events have fees that fund cash prizes.

The VCC Expo kicks off at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, with a Diesel and Off-Road Truck show, plus an ATV Rodeo. The rodeo has a kids' show class, too.

"They're bringing racing trucks from Desert Races," said Jerry Cosper, VCC Expo board president. "And we've got sponsors bringing out ATVs, four-wheel drive carts and four-wheel drive trucks."

The ATV Rodeo will have a timed-trail course, and a special track similar to rodeo barrel races and pole bending. Anyone can bring their ATV and participate.

"We'll have a carnival out there, too," Cosper said. "It comes out Wednesday and will be set up for Thursday."

The carnival opens at 8 p.m.

One of the most popular events besides the livestock auction is mud volleyball. There will be games on both Friday and Saturday nights. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m.; games start at 8 p.m.

If you have a hankering to smash a car, you can do that for a $1 a swing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Livestock shows begin on Wednesday, but the 4-H baking exhibit opens at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The Valencia County Expo is the official show for the 4-H indoor baking exhibit.

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the livestock shows will start with the hog and lamb classification at 1 p.m. Thursday; the dairy goats will show at 8 a.m.

Anyone of any age can enter the goat-roping events. Entries are at 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Roping begins at 7 p.m., with cash prizes for the winners.

Both the lamb and goat shows are on Thursday, and the beef show is on Friday. At 8 p.m. Thursday there will be karaoke with Alvin Shore.

The dinner for livestock buyers is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The livestock auction starts at 5 p.m.

"If we can get the local businesses to come out and support those 4-H and FFA kids, now is the time to do it," Cosper said. "This is when those kids need their help. They spend a lot of money on those animals and put a lot effort into them. It's nice to give some support back to them."

There will be a dance on both Friday and Saturday nights with Ray-Ray the deejay. There is a $5 admission fee.

Expo schedule books are available at the village of Los Lunas administration building, Volvo Rents, Iron Horse Welding, Mathews Meat Processing, Arrow Animal Hospital, Dan's Boots and Saddles, New Mexico Tractor Sales and other locations.

A special Education Day is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 10, and will include everything from the U.S. Marines to Valencia County Hispano Chamber of Commerce to Cowboy, Camelids & Alpaca Ranch and Horsin' Around Therapeutic Center, as well as many others.


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