Fall officially arrived yesterday, but I don't think New Mexico received the message. I know while driving around yesterday my car's thermometer registered 93°! So I was a little wary about my plans to go to the New Mexico State Fair with friends right in the middle of the afternoon. I made sure to bring a big bottle of water (and band-aids since there would be lots of walking!).
Unfortunately, the New Mexico State Fair does not have a very good reputation. I heard more negatives than positives about the Fair. From size, to cost, to quality, to safety, I heard it all. So, admittedly, my expectations weren't very high.
I'm not really a "fair" person. I grew up in the same town as the Western Montana Fair and attended a few times, but I don't really have any strong memories of it. In the last six years I've been to the Minnesota and Indiana State Fairs. Both of those fairs are "professional," large-scale operations.
Now that I've visited the New Mexico State Fair (whose slogan is "Meet Me at the Fair!"), I can say that it is on-par with all fairs I have attended. I was just blown away by the Fair. Even though we went on the second-to-last day of the 2 week fair so most of the show animals were gone, 3 hours wasn't nearly enough time to see everything, not even close!
Enjoy the pictures!
|Homemade pie! Raspberry on the left, Lemon-Pineapple on the right.|
|52 years at the State Fair!|
In the Dairy Barn:
I was so excited I forgot to take pictures of the chocolate milk shake made fresh in the kitchen of the Dairy Barn.
|Even more reason to buy a shake or ice cream!|
In the "Made in New Mexico" building:
|Salsa, hot sauce, and tortilla chip sampling!|
|Dolores was sampling her salsa's and hot sauces. Incredibly tasty!|
|Look at all of the salsa's made in New Mexico!|
|A portion of the proceeds benefit the Rio Rancho Rotary.|
|The healthiest food at the Fair!|
|Fried beer! Yep... fried beer!|
|FFA had a barn of baby animals!|
|Pigmy or Miniature Goat in a child playhouse.|
|Dairy Heifer in the Dairy Barn|
|Wool gloves from Bemidji, Minnesota! (Home of the Great Minnesota Get Together!)|
|First Place Sunflower!|
|The Fair was packed!|
We ended our day with the State Fair Rodeo (so much fun) and a concert by country singer Jerrod Niemann!
|State Fair Rodeo grounds (Tingley Coliseum)|