29th Cowboy Camp starting Wednesday
Published: Thursday, June 15th, 2006
The 29th annual Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, June 24. The event will be held in the pavilion area of Ned Houk Park, which is located eight miles north of Clovis on Highway 209. The family event is a Christian camping experience for all ages. According to event coordinator Wilma Fulgham, the camp meeting was founded in the tradition of the Old West and has a Western flavor but it is not just for cowboys. The MRC is a member of the Interdenominational Ranchmen’s Camp Meeting Association in the Southwest. The first recorded Ranchmen’s Camp meeting in 1890 was the Bloys Camp established by Presbyterian missionaries in the Davis Mountains of Texas. A half century later, in 1940, the Nogal Mesa Camp Meeting near Carrizozo was established by Ralph Hall, according to a camp press release. This year’s event will feature food, singing and preaching. The camp is supported by donations with no charge for meals or activities required of participants. Rody Chesser of Grady will serve as pastor, and Kelly and Jackie Ashcraft are coordinating music. The daily schedule begins at 5 p.m. with devotional and fellowship times. The groups will be divided into men and boys, women and girls, and children’s church. No nursery will be provided. Supper will be served at 6 p.m. and special music will begin at 7 p.m. Evening services are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday is designated as youth and family day with a kickball tournament at 3:30 p.m. A free supper will be held at 6 p.m. followed by special music. Michael Dean and Neil Delk will serve as worship leaders, and Bobby Speer will speak to the youth in attendance. For attendees wishing to camp, a limited number of electrical hookups are available for a nominal cost. For further information, contact Fulgham at 760-6487 or Kelly Ashcraft at 389-3245, Travis O’Dell at 791-6630 or Dicky Massey at 359-1403.
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