From left to right, Sharon Barker, Jay Barr of Hotel Artesia, Vicki and David Grousnick, organizers of Smokin’ on the Pecos, Suzy McCaw of the Artesia Trailblazers, Tayni Crockett of First American Bank and State Farm Insurance Agent Clara Mauritsen were in attendance as Mayor Phillip Burch signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring June 29 and 30 as Smokin’ on the Pecos State BBQ Championship Days. According to the proclamation, Smokin’ on the Pecos will be a two-day event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Rocky Mountain Barbeque Association. Taking place on June 29- 30 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, the annual event will include a craft show, a Cowboy Mounted Shooters’ New Mexico Centennial Shootout, a roughstock challenge, mini-rodeo and open bull riding competition. The Grand Champion of Smokin’ on the Pecos will receive an invitation to the American Royal Barbeque Cookoff in Kansas City. Elizabeth Lewis – Daily Press
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