The public can experience the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum for free on Aug. 26 as part of the annual Community Appreciation Day.

The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities for the day include the Parade of Breeds cattle program at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. There also will be demonstrations during the day, as well as food trucks, and a children’s craft activity. Pony rides have been canceled due to the flooded condition of the riding ring after Friday night’s rain.

In conjunction with Community Appreciation Day, the Friends of the Museum will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum. Cake will be served from 1-2 p.m., or as long as it lasts, and the group also will kick off the Friends Market, which includes a plant sale and Museum merchandise.

Guests can tour all of the Museum’s exhibits, including: The Dairy Spot: Discovery Center, Riding Herd with Billy the Kid: The Rise of the Cattle Industry in New Mexico, Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets, Antidotes: Seeing Beauty, Finding Connection, Beyond the Farm: Groundbreaking Agriculture, Wheels & Gears, and much more.

Visitors can also check out the Museum’s livestock, including six different breeds of cattle, horses, sheep, and a donkey.

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