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Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival

  At full gallop, a determined rider and horse thunder down the Skijoring course, towing a daring skier over obstacles and jumping ramps, creating a heart-stopping spectacle not soon forgotten by the cheering crowds held spellbound by the sight and sound of a genuine sport of the modern American West! Like a phoenix rising from a pile of fresh powder, the Red River Winter Carnival is set for January 13-15 and a ton of fun and excitement for all ages is guaranteed! P.S. Bring warm gloves and a jacket, and be ready to be astounded! Events include the return of Skijoring (the hit of last winter’s special events), Snowmobile Hill Climb races, snowman building, kid-friendly games and events at the Red River Ski & Summer Area. Live music at Lost Love Saloon, Bull O’ The Woods Saloon and at other venues around town will be part of the listening and dancing fun. There will also be a festive air with shopping strolls, torchlight parades at RRSA, fireworks, and more!...

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Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice

Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice

January 13-15, 2017: The exciting new Skijoring event wiil return, along with the “Race the Face” Snowmobile Hill Climb at the ski area, plus all manner of snow fun and games, special promotions, fireworks, and...

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Another Fun Season in Red

Another Fun Season in Red

  Just because there may be snow on the ground and the temperature can be anywhere from the 40s to subzero doesn’t mean that the fun and excitement stops in Red River. In fact, for those lovers of snow sports and roaring blazes in the fireplace of a cozy cabin, winter in Red River is a major life experience and a celebration of living. The Alpine ski season begins on the day BEFORE Thanksgiving, as the Red River Ski & Summer Area turns on the lifts and opens the trails. Christmas is a magical time in the winter wonderland and Red River has an award-winning Mardi Gras in the Mountains celebration. January is Winter Carnival time, with competitive snowmobile hill climbing and a dramatic new pulse-pounding event called “Skijoring.” The name is derived from the Norwegian word “skikjøring” which means ski driving. The practice of being pulled by a horse, dog or reindeer may be as old as snow itself, but historians believe that the first races were held...

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Dally Up Trio Having Fun

Dally Up Trio Having Fun

    Dally Up Events is the name and owners Jodee Thayer, Shena Cannon and Sponsorship Coordinator Patricia San Roman are happy to talk about current plans and future possibilities. “It’s a roping term,” says Thayer. “When you’ve dallied up, you’ve wrapped things up. When a cowboy ropes a calf, he dally ups and wraps the rope around the (saddle) horn. “To us it signifies tidying up and an attention to details and it sort of fits the culture of our area.” Dally Up is a new company, with its first successful events during Red River’s Oktoberfest this past fall. The company is involved in event planning and management of corporate retreats, family reunions and vacations, social gatherings, romantic getaways, weddings, and tourist events. Jodee, Shena and Patsy love the equestrian aspects of Red River, so it’s natural that Dally Up Events is organizing the first Red River Skijoring competition January 15-17, during the weekend of Winter Carnival. (See www.redriverskijoring.com). In addition to the Skijoring event, they will be...

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What to Do, What to Do?

What to Do, What to Do?

  Take a ride on the Miners’ Transit bus. It’s a great way to see the town; the driver will come to your door and deposit you at your destination and – here’s the kicker – it’s FREE. Call 575-770-5959 and enjoy the trip. If you are in town during the Winter Carnival, you might find it amusing and profitable (cash prize) to enter the Mountain Beard and Moustache Competition at the Red River Ski Area. There are several categories – Santa Beards are popular – and the competition is open to anyone, regardless of sex. While you are at the Ski Area, reserve a hi-tech tube for some sliding fun. The tubing begins when the lifts stop running around 4 pm. It’s fun for all ages. If you have never taken a snow hike any further than from your house to your car, Red River offers special adventures for you. Try the hikers’ trail that starts at The Face of the Red River Ski Area and travels through...

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Down & Round & Round

Down & Round & Round

    No, they are not the inner tubes from an old truck tire that you used when you were a kid and didn’t have a sled, and, yes, they are as much fun, or more, than an old and stinky inner tube. They are high tech, molded and made of hard vinyl and polyester designed to last and take the punishment that laughing, kicking, screaming riders are capable of delivering. At the Red River Ski & Summer Area, they are used winter and summer. The fun starts after the Ski Area shuts down the chair lifts for the day at 4 pm at the Day Lodge at the end on Pioneer Road. The tubes are available most everyday of the winter season, depending on the weather. Ride down alone or take a rider along for some extra exciting and unpredictable possibilities. Since they have no steering mechanism, the odds of traveling to the bottom of the hill in a straight line are slim. Spinning in circles, bouncing over...

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‘Tis the Season for Music

‘Tis the Season for Music

  Our little mountain town will be packed with thousands of revelers who come to Northern New Mexico to enjoy excellent live music, great recreational winter fun, delightful holiday food, and, above all, the special spirit of a grand, small-town Christmas at its finest in Red River USA! The Memphis Dawls trio will bring their dynamic brand of folk music to the Lost Love Saloon in Texas Reds on December 27 through the 29th. Showtime will be 6:30 pm. Billed as “Taos County, New Mexico’s favorite Redneck Rock Band,” Reckless will bring its own blend of Country, Country Rock, Classic Rock and Southern Rock, to the Bull O’ The Woods on Saturday, December 27, beginning at 9:00 pm. Red River’s favorite cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey will perform two concerts, the first on December 27, 8:30 pm, and a second show on December 29, 8:30 pm at the Motherlode Saloon. Seating is limited, so call 575-754-6280 now or visit www.texasredssteakhouse.com for reservations and tickets. Fritz Davis and Friends will...

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New and Familiar Faces

New and Familiar Faces

  Towana and Otis Thompson have owned the Dairy Bar for “about a year and a half.” They took over operation of the burgers and fries stand on May 4 of this year. They plan to be open seven days a week this summer offering the kind of food you would expect to find at a burger joint: burgers, fries, tacos, chili, etc. The building on East Main is an historic part of Red River, created in the late 1940s or early ‘50s by Tony Simion Jr. in carhop-style without the carhops and featuring outdoor seating. Needless to say, it was a summer season operation. The seating area was enclosed in the late 1990s for year-round use. Natives of Oklahoma, the Thompsons lived in Pampa, TX. when they decided to move to Red River in 1985 to establish a four-wheeler rental business. “I saw other people doing it,” Towana says with a twinkle in her eye, “making money – good money – so that’s what I did!” They established...

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