Pecos gained early fame as a hangout for rowdy cowboys and fast-draw lawmen. Touted as the "Home of World's First Rodeo," Pecos held a cowboy contest in 1883 that was the forerunner of today's popular sport. The annual West of the Pecos Rodeo is held in June. Pecos also is known for cantaloupes. Night in Old Pecos & Cantaloupe Festival is held in July.

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