The New Mexico Ag Expo, Feb. 27 and 28, sponsored by New Mexico Bank and Trust and Plateau Wireless, will be serving steaks at the Chuck Wagon Lunch and showing off antique tractors in the Antique Tractor Parades, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, in Portales.

The Chuck Wagon Lunch, sponsored by Portales National Bank, is Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Sheep Barn. The Antique Tractor Parades will be held each day, at 11:30 a.m., along the midway.

The Portales Rotary Club will be serving steaks to raise money mainly for the Rotary scholarship fund. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Portales Rotary member, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce or at the door.

The Chuck Wagon Lunch is Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year. The group served more than 500 steaks last year. According to Jimmy Shearer, committee chairman, the club's members work to put on the lunch by cooking, cleaning and working the doors.

"We will be going around the booths Tuesday morning, taking orders of food for delivery," said Shearer. Then vendors can enjoy the steak, without having to leave their booths, he added.

Chester Harth is chairman of the expo's Antique Tractor Parade. "I think people really enjoy the antique tractors," said Harth. "It gives them a look back at how it used to be."

The antique tractors will be on display at the expo and will be parading around the fairgrounds each day, at 11:30 a.m. The tractor displays get larger each year, featuring more than 30 makes and models of antique tractors, but John Deere tractors seem to be the most popular among owners.

According to Harth, the South Plains Antique Tractor Association and the Texas Plains Two Cylinder Club have been invited to attend the show and display their tractors. Locals who are not members of a club also are invited to attend. To register antique tractors for the expo, contact Harth, at 505-273-4396.

For more information about the New Mexico Ag Expo, call the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, at 505-356-8541 or 800-635-8036.

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