September 28-October 6—New Mex-ico State Fair, Albuquerque.First week in October — Aspencadesfrom Alamogordo, Santa Fe, Taosand other New Mexico communi-ties.October 2-6—San Bernardino CountyFair, Victorville, California.October 3-4—Feast Day of St. Fran-cis de Assissi, Santa Fe.October 3-4—Candlelight Procession,Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.October 4—Fiesta and Dance, NambePueblo, New Mexico.Apple Days, Julian,ctober 5-6California.October 5-6—Second Annual Ridge-runners' Jeep Cruise from DesertCenter (write to A. Thomas, 1110
Magnolia, El Cajon,
forinformation).October 7-13—Nevada State AmateurGolf Tournament, Las Vegas,October 9-13—Eastern New MexicoState Fair, Roswell.October 10-12—Cotton Carnival, LasCruces, New Mexico.October 10-13—Seventh Annual Des-ert Empire Fair, Ridgecrest,
October 10-13 — Tri-State Fair andRanch Hands Rodeo, Deming, N.M.October 11-13—Days of the Donsand Pegleg Smith Liar's Contest,Borrego Springs, California.October 11-13—Fourth Annual Colo-rado River Cruise and Rodeo,Blythe, California.October 12-13—World ChampionshipJunior Rodeo, Phoenix.October 12-13—-Second Annual Sa-hara Cup Races, Lake Mead, Nev.October 1243—-Imperial Valley 50thAnniversary Celebration, El Centra,California.October 17-19—Four Corners Geo-logical Field Trip and Convention,Gallup, New Mexico.October 18-20 — Helldorado, Tomb-stone, Arizona.October 18-20—Annual Pioneer Days,Twentynine Palms, California.October 20 — Ranch Fiesta, Yuma,Arizona.October 22-24—Southwest Cattle Fes-tival, Clovis, New Mexico.October 25-27 — Seventh AnnualTrailer Rally, Palm Springs, Cali-fornia.Pima County Fair,ctober 25-28Tucson.October 26—'49ers Celebration, So-corro, New Mexico.October 31—Annual Chaves CountyYouth Parade and Hallowe'en Fes-tival, Roswell, New Mexico.October 31—Nevada Day, Parade and1864 Ball, Carson City.
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The Gong and the Gavel in the Land of StandingRocks, Utah (see story on page 5).By JOSEF MUENCHOld Town, Santa FeBy JOSEF and JOYCE MUENCH 2October events on the desert 3Glides the Rattlesnake and other poems ... 4We Camped in the Land of the Standing RocksBy RANDALL HENDERSON 5Painter of Taos, by W. THETFORD
test of your desert knowledge 14Cooking for Twenty At a Mercury MineBy BETTY WASHLAKE . 15Marine Treasures From the Beach at PuntaPenasco, by HELEN DuSHANE 17Picture-of-the-Month Contest announcement . . 2,0Insects That Sing in Desert Summer HeatBy EDMUND C. JAEGER 21Pictures of the Month ' 23Sleeping Ghosts in the New York MountainsBy NELL MURBARGER 24Hard Rock Shorty of Death Valley 26Comment from Desert's readers 29About those who write for Desert 30From here and there on the desert ..... 31Current news of desert mines ....... 34Amateur Gem Cutter, by DR. H. C. DAKE ... 37Gems and Minerals . 38Just Between You and Me, by the Editor . . . 42Reviews of Southwestern literature 43
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