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Possum Gets Big Press in Lubbock; Not So Much Kristi

One nasty mammalian visitor got some free press visiting Lubbock, Texas this week:

Lubbock was also supposed to receive a visit from Kristi Noem this week:

It will be a night to remember for the ranching and livestock communities in Lubbock and for those traveling to Lubbock for the 45th Annual National Golden Spur Awards.

The event will be held at the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences on Friday, November 3. The reception will begin at 5:30pm with the award show starting at 7:00 p.m.

The 45th National Golden Spur Award recipient, Craig Haythorn will be on stage with the Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award recipient, Jimbo Humphreys. According to a press release by the National Ranching Heritage Center, the award recipients will be interviewed by the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem and Red Steagall [Chad Hasty, “Big Names Coming to Lubbock for the Golden Spur Award,” KFYO Radio, 2023.10.31].

But for whatever reason, the local Lubbock press hasn’t run any pix, vids, or quotes from the Governor’s latest charge of the Texas field. Nor do any snaps of Noem on the Buddy Holly stage come up in my casual breakfast-time searches of social media. Maybe Noem found out that Golden Spur Honors co-sponsor the American Quarter Horse Association just created a new award, the Wrangler® Women of Influence, and didn’t include her in their inaugural recipients, so she skipped the event in a huff.

Or maybe her social media team is just playing possum to keep Noem’s far-flung travels from gathering too much attention.

Related Record Retrieval: The Golden Spur sponsors have posted video of the event online, but 4KLivestream365 requires viewers to provide a credit card number to watch.


  1. Arlo Blundt 2023-11-04 19:44

    A Credit Card number to watch the “Working Cowboy Award” plus, maybe, Governor Noem and Red Steagal askin the recipient softball questions?? A working Cowboy wouldn’t put down either cash or credit for that show.

  2. jerry 2023-11-05 06:20

    There is a resemblance between NOem and the possum. That snarl is picture perfect.

  3. e platypus onion 2023-11-05 08:27

    Imagine the similarities between Br’er Possum and the other guest. The possum can literally wrap its tail around anything.and hang by its tail.

  4. cathy 2023-11-05 17:03

    Please don’t insult oppossums by comparing them to Kristi Noem. Possums may look weird, but at least they’re beneficial and they do the job they’re supposed to do.

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