Festival celebrates the controversy of Pat Garrett

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The first ever Pat Garret Western Heritage Festival kicks off Friday at the Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces. The event comes as city officials consider whether to change the name of Motel Boulevard to Pat Garret Boulevard.

The Pat Garrett Western Heritage Festival explores the life, controversies and legacy of Pat Garrett, the Wild West’s most famous lawman best remembered for killing Billy the Kid. Garret shot and killed Billy the Kid in 1881 after he escaped from the Lincoln County Jail.

Garrett lived in Dona Ana County for 12 years, served as county sheriff for 4 years, and was killed there on February 28, 1908.

This weekend’s festivities include historical presentations, courtroom reenactments and a musical review.

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