ALBUQUERQUE, NM – With the Albuquerque Thunderbirds playing a series of road games this weekend, Tingley Coliseum will once again play host to the Shrine Circus, while Bob Gerding’s Outdoor Adventure Hunting & Fishing expo and the New Mexico Invitational Team Roping competition take place elsewhere on the State Fairgrounds.

“There’s almost always something going on at EXPO,” said General Manager Judith M. Espinosa. “A lot of people still think we’re just about the State Fair and the Flea Market, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

“Our Events staff works around the clock all year to bring a wide variety of events to the grounds,” Espinosa continued, “our goal is to provide diverse, top-notch events to Albuquerque – everything from rodeos and circuses to trade shows and premier arts and entertainment – for families and individuals alike.”

Bob Gerding’s Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2009 takes place in the Manuel Lujan Complex on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 13, 14 and 15. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 adults and children age 12 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free. Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and KZRR 94 Rock, this is unquestionably the best show of its kind in New Mexico. Guides, outfitters and exhibitors from all across the United State and beyond will be on-hand to present hands-on demonstrations, informative seminars and fun activities for kids. Door prizes and special trips will be given away. Visit or for more information.

The Shrine Circus takes place in Tingley Coliseum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 13, 14 and 15. Show times are 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Box seats are $17 children, $23 adults. General admission tickets are available at any Albuquerque Albertson’s location. Box seat and general admission tickets are available at the Shrine Circus Box Office (505-255-5329). The Annual Shrine Circus is one of the largest fund-raising events sponsored by the Shriners. The Shrine Circus provides a quality, fun-filled, family experience with proceeds going to a great cause – the good work of Shriners in your community and their official philanthropy, children's hospitals. So come out, one and all, and join the circus for the day. Visit for more information.

The New Mexico Invitational Team Roping Competition takes to the Indoor Horse Arena on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15. Registration and entry start at 9 a.m., roping competition begins at 10 a.m. both days. Admission to the public is free. Team roping is among the most action-packed and exciting events in all of rodeo, and some of New Mexico’s finest cowboys and cowgirls are expected to take part.