Rancher Steward BBQ – A Birthday Celebration!
By Amanda Castaneda and Jessica Lee
In early June Shumla hosted our annual Rancher Steward BBQ, an event we hold to honor and thank the many landowners, stewards, and partners that we work with throughout the year. This year marked our 8th BBQ and another very special occasion- Shumla’s 20th birthday!
A Little Bit of History
Rancher Steward BBQ
The annual Rancher Steward BBQ event is one of our favorite days of the year. We invite the region’s ranchers, as well as the many agency stewards of the land to our Harrington campus west of Comstock. We give a short presentation, compete at some good ol’ fashioned atlatl spear throwing, nosh on great barbeque, and give away great door prizes at the end! It’s a time where landowners can come together and see old friends or hopefully make some new ones.
Rancher Steward of the Year Award
This year we decided to begin an annual tradition that we’re calling the Rancher Steward of the Year Award. With this award we intend to specifically recognize a community-member, landowner or steward who has gone above and beyond in their protection of the rock art and their support of Shumla’s efforts. This year’s award went to two people who have watched over arguably one of the most unique rock art sites in the Lower Pecos for almost all of their lives – the Lewis Canyon Petroglyph site. We recognized Howard and Marilyn Hunt, lifetime residents of Val Verde County. Howard and Marilyn have instilled a legacy of stewardship for the land and the rock art that their children carry on.
Shumla Lifetime Achievement Award
As it was our 20th birthday, we also felt inclined to give a very special award, the Shumla Lifetime Achievement Award. Twenty years ago when Carolyn came to Comstock she was met by Jack and Missy Harrington with open arms. Twenty years ago they believed in us, and they gave of themselves, their talents, and their resources to make our dream a reality. Shumla would have never been able to get off the ground if it weren’t for Missy and Jack Harrington and we thank them from the very bottom of our hearts.