Cowboy poetry, music, food and faith: The first-ever Eagle Nest Cowboy Fest kicks off this weekend at Enchanted Eagle Park in Eagle Nest.
Sponsored by Eagle Nest Chamber of Commerce and The Eagle Nest Baptist Church, the event features two days of free music in the park beginning Friday with a day-long Christian concert 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring RW Hampton and Christian singers from New Mexico and surrounding states.
Festivities continue Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with free live music all day, vendors and an evening concert at 6 p.m. featuring the Broken chair Band, Geff and Dawn Dawson and headliner RW Hampton, plus western entertainment and cowboy poets, including local cowboy poet Rocky Sullivan, two-time winner of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.
Nationally known purveyor of cowboy culture Doc Jones of La Junta, Colorado, is bringing five chuckwagons (and crew) to set up an authentic cowboy dinner Saturday evening. For $15, guests can enjoy brisket or chicken fried steak with sides, drinks and cobbler.
Jones’ website states, “Doc Jones and Company is dedicated to preserving our western heritage by offering true frontier experiences from a few different old time eras.”
“This is our first time taking on an event of this size,” Eagle Nest Chamber President Tony Molina said. “It’s a huge undertaking but a lot of our visitors are from western states.We’re excited. We’re really excited. We’re not charging anybody to come in and listen to the music. The only fee will be for the chuckwagon.”
In addition to a round-up of talented musicians, Molina said Rocky Sullivan should wow visitors. “He’s kind of a celebrity in the cowboy circle.”