Ticket feature: Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicking off

File photo The 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo Challenge begins today and runs through the weekend. It will include a Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday.

Freedom New Mexico

The “biggest and richest ranch rodeo in the world” begins today at the Curry County Events Center.

Starting with Joe’s Boot Shop double mugging at 1 p.m., the 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo is kicking off a weekend packed with activities and events.

Traditionally held in Waco, Texas, the rodeo will include daily activities and nightly rodeo performances.

Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. the Duke of the Dutch Ovens Chuck Wagon Cook-off will be held at the fairgrounds, with “10 of the best chuck wagon cooks … specially invited to the event,” according to promotional materials.

With a menu including chicken fried steak, beans potatoes, gravy, biscuits and peach cobbler, a chuck wagon breakfast will also be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday followed by Cowboy Church.

With over $500,000 offered in prizes, the rodeo boasts some of the best rodeo competitors in the world and will be featured on RFD TV.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at Joe’s Boot Shop.

Rodeo performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Joe’s Boot Shop or online at www.joesbootshop.com.

For a full schedule of events, visit: allaroundranchrodeo.com

Fast facts

What: 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo

Where: Curry County Events Center

When: Thursday through Sunday

Cost: $15