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Cow Chip Poker Highlights Winston Fall Festival

LAS CRUCES -- An all-day cow chip poker game will highlight the Winston Fall festival Sept. 26 at the community center in Winston.


"Under the rules of cow chip poker, a 50-foot area is fenced off and divided into five-foot squares," said Mike Cook of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) Project. "Each square is sold to a player. When the squares are all sold, a well-fed cow is released into the arena. Eventually, nature will have its way. When the chips fall, the winner of the lucky square will be awarded $220."

The concession stand will open at 8 a.m., and the flea market/craft fair will begin at 8:30 a.m. Other activities will include a bake sale, featuring all the best local recipes, and an enchilada lunch. The day will end with a western dance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Kids' games will be held all day, Cook said. Adult games will include a horseshoe pitch, muck shoveling and a ladies' spike driving contest. The state championships in two-man log sawing, one-man log sawing and hand drilling in solid rock also will be held. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

Festival goers also can visit the Pioneer Store Museum in Chloride, he said. The museum, a few miles from Winston, has exhibits on Buffalo soldiers, Apache Indians and miners.

For more information, contact Tommy Garrett at (505) 743- 3477 or Don and Dona Edmund at (505) 743-2736.

REDTT, which is part of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.