D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e  April 2005

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What's in a Name?

For T or C, it's 55 years worth celebrating.

Fifty-five years ago, Hot Springs, NM, evaporated into history and "T or C" was born. In 1950, game-show host Ralph Edwards and his NBC production crew came to what had long been Hot Springs to air the first live, coast-to-coast broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" from the newly named city of Truth or Consequences. The city had earned the spotlight by renaming itself after the popular program. For years after, as long as his health allowed, Edwards returned to his "adopted home" annually with his Hollywood friends to celebrate the name change and to help promote the town.

T or C still celebrates its rechristening with an annual fiesta, which will be April 29-May 1 this year. The theme of this year's fiesta is "Truth or Consequences Time Warp: Past, Present and Future."

The annual Fiesta Parade will be Saturday at 10 a.m. Following the parade, the main stage in the Bank of the Southwest parking lot will showcase local and regional entertainment all day and into the evening. Acts will range from country and bluegrass music to belly dancing and drumming. Club E & the Transient will perform at the Community Youth Center (Skate Zone) from 9 p.m.-midnight. All entertainment is free for all ages.

On Saturday following the parade, there will also be a car show, the Lions' Club barbeque, arts and crafts booths and food vendors. The Fiesta Biker Rodeo will be held Saturday in the State National Bank parking lot. On Sunday, in Ralph Edwards Park, the festivities continue with the fishing derby, kids' karaoke contest, horseshoes, Kiwanis Duck Race, Spam and salsa contests.

A new tradition, the Sierra County Sheriff's Posse Fiesta Rodeo, will be added to the action this year, at the Sheriff's Posse Arena. Events will include bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, calf roping, ladies breakaway, barrel racing and special events for the kids.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 894-3536.