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Bean Day celebrating 100th year

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By Mercy Lopez

Grady Loveland, 12, will remember the centennial celebration for Wagon Mound Bean Day for years to come.

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On Saturday, during the rodeo, he rode a steer for a score of 74. Loveland, from Raton, was visibly thrilled after his ride.

“It was cool,” Loveland said minutes following his ride.

His mother, Tina Gallegos, was both proud and anxious.

“This is the first time I’ve seen him ride. Feels like I was going to have a heart attack when he was riding,” she said.

Bean Day continues today with a free barbecue lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Wagon Mound Village Park, a parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Railroad Street and the final rodeo starts at 2 p.m. at the Wagon Mound Rodeo Grounds.

Bean Day Association member, Carlos Romero, said, “100 years is a long time. My grandfather participated in Bean Day all his life. I remember I used to come to this event as a kid.”