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Old Lincoln Days to Feature Many Attractions

LAS CRUCES - The Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant and a Pony Express Trail Ride will be the major attractions of the 1999 Old Lincoln Days Aug. 6-8 in Lincoln.

"Old Lincoln Days and the Pony Express Trail Ride are rare opportunities to not only see but to become a part of the Old West," said Mike Cook, coordinator with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project.

REDTT is a part of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and promotes agriculture through tourism.

During the Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant, actors will recreate Billy the Kid's final escape from the Lincoln County jail in 1881.

The Pony Express Trail Ride will begin in the town of White Oaks. Riders will carry mail across Old West trails used by Billy the Kid. The trail will end when riders join the Old Lincoln Days parade in Lincoln.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 8. Only horse- drawn wagons or antique cars will be allowed in the parade.

The celebration also will include a cavalry group, mountain men, Spanish dancers, exhibits, cowboy poets, storytellers and arts and crafts booths.

"Visitors can join the Lincoln County Sheriff's Posse for the Pony Express Trail ride and visit the historic Lincoln County Courthouse building and see bullet holes left by Billy the Kid during his escape," Cook said.

For more information, contact Ruth Birdsong at (505) 648- 2363 or (505) 354-2359.