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Barbed Wire Event to Feature Thousands of Different Styles

LAS CRUCES--New Mexicans who are interested in barbed wire can see a large variety of the "devil's rope" at the 27th Annual New Mexico Barbed Wire Collectors Show and Sale July 16-17 at the Taos County Agricultural Center.

"First patented in 1867, barbed wire was used to fence in cattle and fence out unwanted visitors across America's vast prairies and range land," said Mike Cook, coordinator of NMSU's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "It has become a very popular collector's item."

REDTT, a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

Members of the New Mexico Barbed Wire Collectors' Association are expected to gather at the event which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Collectors from as many as 12 states will show thousands of styles of barbed wire available for buying, selling or trading.

The event also will have food, a silent auction and a staple-driving contest.

"You don't have to be a collector to enjoy the show," Cook said. "It's fun to wander around and look at the amazing varieties of barbed wire and the tools used to make it and to learn about this unique part of the history and settlement of the West."

Admission to the event is free. Tables are available to rent for $12 to display or sell barbed wire.

For more information, contact Dan Sowle at (505)832-4339 or Jerry Boxberger at (505)758-3487.