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Letter from the President...

Hello, fellow fair followers! We’re honored to have you as a guest of the greatest, oldest Fair in New Mexico - the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. We are proud to serve 16 counties in the great state of New Mexico. We must be doing something right as new counties petition to be included each year.

1st with the largest parade in all of New Mexico. Then, cruise on out to the fairgounds and fill your day with wonderful food, an outstanding carnival with gyrating rides, free entertainment - both national and local in flavor. We have scheduled hourly events every night at our entertainment stages, Bob Crosby Arena and daily Junior Livestock Shows. There’s truly something for everyone educational booths, a commercial building over flowing with wheeling and dealing businesses displaying their latest products, and an arts and crafts building filled with incredible talent. Of course, you won’t want to miss the culmination of the youth’s year long, hard work with the Junior Livestock Sale Saturday morning on the 6th. The best-of-the-best will sell their animals to the highest bidder - it’s a rollin’ good time! Check the Roswell Daily Record for our daily schedule of events.

You won’t recognize “Chile Row” this year Come join us as we cherish our hiswith its new/old transfor- tory and celebrate our bright future. mation. We’ve gone back See you there! in time and restored some of Roswell’s historical buildings - come travel back in time with us as you stroll down Roswell’s Main Street of yore. Larry Hobson President The exciting Fair week begins on Monday, October

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90 Years: Down Home Country Fair

Welcome to an event 90 years in the Covered pens were adjacent to the palace and schools were given three days off so that they making! The Eastern New Mexico State Fair housed the livestock. It is noted that as the and their families may enjoy the fair. Today, has a long and proud history. Although we wind began to blow, the Palace had to be the opening day of the fair is knows as “Fair count 90 years from the first Chaves County evacuated and one lady reluctant to leave was Day” and many children and their families Cotton Carnival in 1922, the roots of the fair carried out by a concerned gentleman. It was attend to celebrate the commencement of fair began many years before that with the later discovered that the “lady” was actually a week. Southeastern New Mexico and Pecos Valley dummy of Martha Washington from one of The tradition of gathering every year to Fair Association. The purpose of the fair was the displays. The gentleman in question was show off crops and wares has continued since to exhibit agricultural and orchard products. considered no less heroic upon this revelation. the 1890’s with few exceptions. Although The fairs of 1892 and 1893 were an opportuThose early days of community gathering there was a lapse during World War I the fair nity for local residents to show how produc- would slowly evolve into the Eastern New continued in 1922 when the Cotton Carnival tive the Pecos Valley could be. Even local Mexico State Fair that we enjoy today. The came into being. A noted addition to the fair farmers were surprised at the array of crops first parade to open a fair was held in 1900. began this year when a Cotton King was represented at the fair. The highlight of the This first parade created a new name for the crowned in grand style on the Courthouse event however was the Alfalfa Palace. This fair. There was such a wondrous display of lawn. In 1923 a poll of fair visitors indicated architectural phenomenon was constructed of floral decorations that the fair became known that along with local residents, 25 states were bales of sweet-smelling alfalfa and resembled as the “Flower Fair”. Today’s parade boasts represented amongst the fairgoers. Top on the a castle complete with battlements. The over a hundred floats and entries representing entertainment roster was a community singAlfalfa Palace was more than an amazing businesses, schools, teams, clubs, and more. along in which 2,000 school children particistructure as it also housed the local exhibits. In the early fair days children from local pated, the crowning of Miss Alfalfa and Miss A4 EASTERN NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR CELEBRATING 90 YEARS


90 Years: Down Home Country Fair

Apple, and of course the mock battle between the New Mexico National Guard and cadets of NMMI. By 1931 the Cotton Carnival was so successful that it became known as the Eastern New Mexico State Fair and soon outgrew its facility in the National Guard Armory and surrounding tents near North Main and 11th Street. To accommodate such a grand event the fair board purchased land southeast of the city limits. The 27th annual fair became the first fair to be held on the current fairgrounds in the year of 1949. Thus the current Eastern New Mexico State Fair was born. Over the years we have witnessed the evolution of local cowboys competing in calfroping events to a full Professional Bullriding Tour. We have seen the Junior Livestock sale become the largest event of its kind in the state. We have had the home economic skills

of farmer’s wives grace the displays and we have played host to entrepreneurs from all over the globe. From the time of the Alfalfa Palace-style fairs to the Chaves County Cotton Carnival to the current day Eastern New Mexico State Fair, one thing has remained the same: the focus of the fair is community. Whether gathering to compare crop techniques, to support the youth of 4-H and FFA, or to delight in the sights, tastes, and experiences of the midway, there is something for everyone at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Come be a part of history in the making as we look forward to the next 87 years and beyond.

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Some Fun Facts: •There were once two parades held during fair: the opening day parade and the “OldTimers Parade” •In the 1890s children under 15 were invited to enter a burro race, the winner received $10.00 •The Chaves County Cotton Carnival is rumored to have acquired this name because fair officials ‘wanted each word of the title to begin with the letter C! •At the time of the first “Alfalfa Fair” a business lot in town could be bought for between $100 and $500. •In 1923 one hundred Mescalero Apache Native Americans lived on the fairgrounds in teepees exhibiting baskets and beadwork. •Fruit was the main crop in the Pecos Valley before cotton and alfalfa took over. In 1937 a devastating frost ended most of the commercial fruit crops. •In 1939 the fair hosted Tidwell Shows. The truck hauling the performing elephant broke down in Lubbock.

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Hypnotist to entertain attendees at ENMSF

Gary Roberts is a multi-dimensional speaker that fair -goers will have the opportunity to hear at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. In addition to hypnosis and magic, Roberts has used his skills as a motivational speaker, comedian and philosopher to engage many different crowds. Whether the function is about personal development, change, leadership, sales, or pure entertainment, Roberts combines his many orating talents to enhance the experience for his audience. He’s recognized as one of the leading stage hypnotist in the country and with crowd participation, he allows the crowd to become the stars of the show.

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Model trains attract audiences of all ages NOAH VERNAU RECORD STAFF WRITER

In what has steadily grown to become one of the main attractions at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, the Pecos Valley Society of Model Trains will entertain children and adults alike every day of the fair, and gets things started from noon to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1. The PVSMT railroad has been a staple of the fair since 1982, and according to longtime member Ronald Jarm, is often one of the first places fair-goers visit. “We hear from all sorts of people the fact that they come out to see the trains — that it’s one of the first places they go, that kind of stuff,” Jarm said. “And of course, that’s very heartening to hear.” Jarm said one of the best parts of the railroad is in the education it provides to people of all ages. At the viewing area around the building are strategically placed boxes with fliers that tell people what they’re seeing when they look through the windows, as well as a little bit of history on the club, Jarm said.

“From an older person’s standpoint, it brings back memories to them of railroading that they knew or that their parents or grandparents were involved with, and how the trains run even today in the big cities. Because we have very modern equipment out there, too. “From the little kids’ standpoint, one, it’s the fascination of, here’s an animated, operational railroad, that is in miniature, that looks like something they see when a train goes through Roswell. But it also, we hope, instills in them a love of trains, and to start up the fact that they might be interested in being hobbyists as they get older.” Jarm said with everything else parents are competing with today in the modern world, hobbies like model trains can be a difficult sell to children, but that they might just change their minds once they see the railroad. “Some of these hobbies have fallen by the wayside, because the young people don’t want to have to do things with their hands, or learn how to build stuff, or be creative and that kind of thing,” Jarm

said. “They want to tear the package apart, and it’s ready to go. But that’s part of the thing we’re looking at — we’re hoping that with their being able to see this, (they’ll) show interest. “... When you’re in there as one of the operators, you see the kids out there with their noses pressed against the glass, and they’re just fascinated. We’ve literally seen where mothers and dads have had to take them away — pull them, and say, ‘Hey

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we’ve gotta go!’ And the kids are crying — they don’t want to leave, they just want to sit and watch the trains.” PVSMT will welcome children with special needs Tuesday morning, and on Friday morning will welcome day care children. From Tuesday to Friday, the railroad will be operational for the general public from 4 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, will be operational from noon to 9 p.m.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 4-H Inside Exhibit Computer Disk & Summary Sheets from all Counties Due at Chaves County Extension Office Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 15-20, 2012

Receive Mail-in Entries for Arts & Crafts

September 21-23, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fri/Sat (Sunday, September 23, 2012 1-6 p.m. only) Receive the following: Arts & Crafts, Preserved Food, Fine Arts & Photography. This does not include bakes goods which will be accepted Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday, September 24, 2012 Queen Contest Entries Due

All Junior Livestock Entries Due. This includes Swine, Sheep, Steers, Dairy Heifers, Rabbits, Poultry, Goats, & Breeding Heifers Natural Fibers and Wool Lead Entries Due Parade Entries Due

Friday, September 28, 2012

Parade Line-up instructions available at www.enmsf.com/parade

8:00-11:00 a.m. ......................4-H Inside Exhibits will be accepted NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED

12:00-8:00 p.m. ........................................Dairy Goats on grounds Saturday, September 29, 2012

10:00 a.m. ............................................................Dairy Goat Show

9:00-12:00 p.m. ............Receive Baked Goods, Pies, Confections 2:00 p.m. ........................All Dairy Goats Removed From Grounds

9:00 a.m. ..............................Queen Contest: Personal Interviews

12:00 p.m. ............Queen Contest: Luncheon, Speech, Modeling, Impromptu questions 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ....................Flower Show Entries Accepted

4:00 p.m. ......................................Queen Contest: Horsemanship, Queen Coronation will occur approximately one hour following horsemanship. 2:00-4:00 p.m.............................................Accept Farm & Garden 5:00 p.m. ....................................Rabbit Meat Pens will be Judged

5:30 p.m. ......................Measure and pregnancy test dairy heifers 7:00 p.m.............................Informal Livestock Meeting/Show Ring

8:00 p.m. ............................................WEIGHT DECLARATIONS FOR MEAT GOATS DUE IN JR. LIVESTOCK OFFICE

9:00 p.m. ..............................ALL INDIVIDUAL, EDUCATIONAL, EXTENSION CLUB, FFA, 4-H, FHA BOOTHS AND FFA AG MECHANICS MUST BE IN PLACE

Monday, October 1, 2012

9:00 a.m. ....................Market Swine Weight Declarations DUE, Market Lamb Weight Declarations DUE, and Steer Weight Declarations DUE in Livestock Office. 9:00 a.m. ................................................RABBIT SHOW BEGINS 10:00 a.m ..............................................Parade begins Downtown

12:00 p.m. ..............................................................GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m.-Close ......................................................Flower Show 3:30 p.m. ......................................... Parade Trophies Awarded

12:00p.m-10:00 p.m. ..........................Commercial Building Open

6:00 p.m. ........................................................MEAT GOAT SHOW 7:00 p.m. ................................................................DISFUNKTION

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

6:30 p.m. ............Fair Queen Orientation/Get Acquainted Party

Sunday, September 30, 2012

7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE BROUGHT TO FAIRGROUNDS This includes all animals - NO EXCEPTIONS

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Special Needs Day-AM “Noche de Musica”-PM

8:00 a.m. ................................................MARKET SWINE SHOW

12:00 p.m.................................................................GATES OPEN

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12:00 p.m.-Close ......................................................Flower Show

4:00p.m-10:00 p.m. ............................Commercial Building Open 6:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m. ....................................“Noche De Musica”

5:00-11:00 p.m.........................................................Carnival Open

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Seniors Day/Wake Me Up Wednesday

8:00 a.m. ..................................................MARKET LAMB SHOW All 4-H & FFA Birds MUST be in place to be judged 9:00 a.m. ............................................4-H & FFA BIRDS JUDGED

12:00 p.m.................................................................GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m.-Close ......................................................Flower Show

4:00p.m-10:00 p.m. ............................Commercial Building Open

5:00 p.m.....................................................DAIRY HEIFER SHOW 7:30 p.m. ............................SAMESTATE CHRISTIAN CONCERT 5:00-11:00 p.m.........................................................Carnival Open

Thursday, October 4, 2012

6:00 p.m ............................................................Chisum Challenge

7:00 p.m. ..............................................................KYLE BENNETT

9:00 p.m. ..............................................................DUSTIN LYNCH

5:00-11:00 p.m.........................................................Carnival Open

Saturday, October 6, 2012

JR. LIVESTOCK RELEASE TIMES WILL BE POSTED FOR ALL ANIMALS AND FFA MECHANICS

8:00 a.m...............................................................Buyers Breakfast

9:00 a.m.......................................JR. LIVESTOCK SALE BEGINS

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12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m ........................Commercial Building Open 6:00 p.m.............................................................Chisum Challenge

8:00 p.m. ..............................................................RICK TREVINO

Sunday October 7, 2012

10:00 am-12:00 p.m. ................Farm & Garden Entries Released

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8:00a.m. ........................................................BREEDING HEIFER SHOW STEER SHOW TO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW HEIFER 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ....ALL INSIDE EXHIBIT BOOTHS MUST BE SHOW. ALL JUNIOR LIVESTOCK PULLS DUE IN JR LIVEEMPTIED AND CLEANED OUT STOCK OFFICE ONE HOUR AFTER STEER SHOW 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ..........................4-H EXHIBITS RELEASED 9:00-11:00 a.m. ............................Flower Show Entries Released 9:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. ......................................Release Arts & Crafts 12:00 P.M. ................................................................GATES OPEN 4:00p.m-10:00 p.m. ............................Commercial Building Open 5:00-11:00 p.m.........................................................Carnival Open

Friday, October 5, 2012 Children’s Day

12:00 p.m.................................................................GATES OPEN

1:00 p.m. ................................Wool Lead animals due on grounds

2:00 p.m. ......................Natural Fibers and Wool Lead Orientation *Bring Garment*

4:00 p.m. ..................................................BARN YARD JUDGING 4:00p.m.-11:00p.m...............................Commercial Building Open

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Trevino to perform at Eastern New Mexico State Fair

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Country singer Dustin Lynch to perform Dustin L ynch is a country music star on the rise. Though new to the game, he’s already building an impressive resume. He’s been featured in Billboard magazine, on CMT’s Listen Up program and his self titled debut album earned the 13th spot on the Billboard 200. With 23,000 copies sold, he’s the first rookie country singer to arrive at No. 1 on the Independent Albums count. His

hit single “Cowboys and Angels,” has been on the top 10’s on Hot Country Songs (11-10) and one of the top country songs downloaded with 35,000 copies. He first developed his ear for country music at the Bluebird Café, the famous Nashville spot that played a large role in the development of country music greats such Garth Brooks and Faith Hill. Lynch moved into an apartment behind

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the café and would visit often to study and hone his crew and it would pay off. The singer/songwriter is now signed to Broken Bow Records, the home of established talent such as Jason Aldean, and will be performing his hit song live at the fair for all who attend. The Tennessee native will be performing on Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.

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Bennett to entertain during fair concert

Kyle Bennett

Eastern New Mexico State Fair attendees will have the chance to witness musician Kyle Bennett share a new chapter of his life. With his first solo project coming out later this year, Bennett is excited to share the changes taking place in his life. Af te r a split fr om his band, Bennett decided to continue his singing/songwriting career and gathered talented musicians from Texas to help him accomplish that feat. He will be performing his new single “Here In This Town,” along with his wife, L ydia, who has always had a

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hand in Bennett’s music. She helped him write “Crescendo” off the Kyle Bennett Band’s Red Album in 2005, and will use her vocal talents to sing backup for her husband. His new single addresses the topic of coping after being left behind by a loved one. Bennett comes from a musical family. His parents were both music directors at their church in Fort Worth, Texas, and have a few gospel albums under their belts. He followed in their footsteps at an early age and he will sharing his inherited gifts with Roswell on Friday, Oct. 5.

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Competitors to show off riding, shooting skills BY DR. PAUL WHITWAM

Cowboy Mounted Shooting will be returning to the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds during the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. This is a family oriented sport that can be enjoyed by cowgirls and cowboys alike of all ages. This is a timed event where contestants mounted on a horse ride through a course shooting two, 45-caliber single action revolvers at balloons. Each revolver is loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition that will break a balloon at 12-15 feet making the sport safe for horses, riders and spectators. The guns are like those used in the 1880s and must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back and then pulling the trigger. There are more than 60 patterns or courses. The courses for this event will be chosen just prior to the start of competition so that neither the horses nor riders will know which courses to expect. The patterns consist of 10 balloons, five

of each color. One color must be shot, the first gun holstered and then the second gun used for the second color. This must be accomplished while going around barrels and through gates following a predetermined pattern. The riders are scored on time and accuracy. Speed is important but accuracy is more important because penalties are assessed for missed balloons, knocked over barrels, going off course, etc. Competition includes use of the shotgun and rifle. The shotgun and rifle competitions are exciting because on the second color balloons, the riders drop the reins to use both hands on their long guns. This requires considerable skill and trust between the horse and rider. The eliminator consists of a fast pattern with the top 10 cowgirls and top 10 cowboys coming back for the event. If you'd like to see good wholesome family fun and meet some friendly gals, guys and horses, come out to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting. If you have questions, you can visit cowboymountedshooting.com.

Mark Wilson Photo Haley Pybus competes in the Chisum Shootout in Septemeber.

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Many people have simply come to expect a healthy dose of entertainment at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, but in 2012, fair organizers believe they have put together one of the biggest and best fairs to date. Tuesday night’s !Noche de Musica! will bring four local bands to stage, as well as feature the debut of a new dance group, KidsFolklorico Durangense. Fair organizer Sergio Jimenez, who booked each of the acts for !Noche de Musica!, said the most exciting part of the night will be the variety of entertainment. “All four bands are coming up with new material, and so you’re going to hear that,” Jimenez said. “It’s going to be that kind of atmosphere where you hear the music and you want to dance. And not just stand there!” Each of the four bands are in either their first or second years performing

a t E N M S F, a n d i n c l u d e L a C u l p a Norteño, Grupo Maldad, Reto de Chihuahua and Los Consentidos de Ciudad Juarez. Jimenez said Reto de Chihuahua, the youngest gr oup at the fair, along with Los Consentidos de Ciudad Juarez, which has been in norteño music for 10 years, will be playing songs from new albums. Jimenez said that despite their youth, Reto de Chihuahua will be one of the big reasons people will want to attend. “These guys have a lot of talent, and they’re going to go big. And soon. So that’s something people can come out and see, is an upcoming band. “There’s going to be a nice family environment where people are going to be able to dance and enjoy the music, the different styles of norteño music from four bands. They’re all norteño, but each band has their own style that makes each band unique.” Wednesday night will feature Christian-themed entertainment dubbed

“Wake Me Up Wednesday,”with a concert by the Nashville-based Christian group Samestate. T rish Lair, ENMSF manager, said that when she and other organizers were searching for a band to play on Wednesday, Samestate was “the one that stood out to all of us.” “They’re kind of like Linkin Park — not hard rock, not soft rock — kind of that in-between. They’re really, really good,” she said. “Their type of music is what the younger kids are listening to, so we wanted to give something for the youth groups. We know that a lot of the churches in town do youth group nights and stuff, and so we just thought we would give them something they can come and do and have a good time.” Lair said local group Dysfunction kicks off music entertainment Monday at 7 p.m., and that local hip hop and rap groups will play Thursday night, all leading up to a

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very impressive weekend lineup that will include Kyle Bennett, Dustin L ynch and Rick Trevino. “We look for this to be one of the biggest and best years we’ve had, especially with the caliber of talent we’re bringing in,” Lair said. “We’re super excited this year. We just want everybody to come out and support us, and have a good time. And eat lots of funnel cakes!”

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We are simultaneously shaped by absence and presence. People, memories, experiences…all are molded by items both here and not. Bands are the same way. Lyrics form via the things that happen and the people that depart, for one reason or another. Melodies emerge from everything heard before and the desire to create something never heard before. And even a band’s name can come from leaving out a single character and leaving in the inspiration it brings. Absence and presence have aligned to bring us Samestate. “Within the five guys in the band, there’s such a wide range of life experiences,” says Samestate guitarist Darren Harms. “We’ve all grown up in such different environments; it’s crazy to see how vast a life space five guys can cover.” Yet, from a musical standpoint, the five guys that make up Samestate (Darren Harms, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Dalton Diehl, bassist R yan L ytle, guitarist/keyboardist Raymond Wyatt and drummer Blake Leoni) certainly make it work. The sonics found on the band’s Sparrow Records debut The Alignment mesh seamlessly, taking each member’s disparate musical influences – be it a whole bunch of rock and pop, a touch of Americana, a smidge of country – and merging them into a sound that’s infectious and approachable. The bombast of the nominal title track “Realign” and follow-up “Sons and Daughters” counteracts, but doesn’t fight with the emotional, Avett Brothers-esque

“Upside Down,” the jangly romp of “Love Remembers You” or the quiet, stringsdriven ode “Symphonies.” And then there’s “Hurricane,” The Alignment’s first single, with a simple message of hope. The song reminds us that if we do everything or even if we do nothing, God’s love will always find a way back to us. It’s a sophistication of thought, syncopation and lyric coming together all at once that wedges that message in our heads, and gives us a glimpse that the members of Samestate have a maturity well beyond their years. For all of us Who have a hard time getting it through our brains That all we did was nothing But love still came, and it’s bringing in good news Love is coming back for you -- From “Hurricane”

But again, it is absence and presence that inform a good deal of the lyrical content of Samestate’s songs, notably some of the people missing from principal songwriter Dalton Diehl’s life. “I lost three family members to cancer in the span of two years, right as the band was starting,” Dalton says. “So, on the back side of that emotion and the healing, and realizing that if I’m going to make it back to being able to talk about hope and what we stand for, I’m going to have to start putting more of my trust back into God.” Dalton used both the losses of close family members and the gains of his cre-

ative pursuits coming together to shape The Alignment’s messages, notably those on “Upside Down”. “You don’t realize it, but if you’re having a rough day and you’re asked to write a part, it’s going to be a little more emotional and aggressive than normal,” Dalton continues. “Those things do come out on a song like ‘Upside Down.’ “It’s been interesting to see how God has used some of these songs to really speak to me,” he says. “I often feel like I’m just writing a song, but then a couple weeks later, I’ll realize God was trying to say something to me in that time, and it finally clicks. I hope the fans have that same kind of experience.” The members of Samestate came together initially at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS, a small town 25 miles outside Kansas City. Dalton called Blake and Darren to sit in on some shows he was doing in 2008, soon bringing in Ryan on bass to fill out the low end, and adding Ray to complete what would become the band’s emerging sound. “Something you always have to consider with music is the experience,” Blake notes. “You have to set an atmosphere. The really great bands know how to do that. For instance, Ray is probably the most in touch with his emotional side, where sometimes I’m very analytical and it can show through in my drumming. So there’s room to keep both those approaches in mind within the music, and that’s when our personalities show through and create that experience.” That notion of God taking hold of expe-

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riences and using them to mold greater things is nothing new to the members of Samestate. Each band member comes to the work of the whole with their own skills and challenges, and all see how they’ve been led to this time and place. “I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed is how the band has allowed each of us to connect and find strength and confidence in a community,” Blake says. “Ray is one of my best friends, and he was brought up with a pretty tough childhood; his mom was in and out, and his dad passed away when he was young.” “We met in junior high, we kind of grouped together and it’s been really exciting, especially over the past three years, to see such exponential growth in his confidence and his outlook on life,” Blake continues. “Just having a community that so many kids in his similar situation don’t have. As for me, my parents divorced when I was in third grade, and Dad moved away when I was in sixth grade, so I kind of turned to music as an escape. It was something I was good at and could find identity in, so I really consider it a gift from the Lord that He’s letting me continue to do it at this level. And I think that’s something we want our fans to realize as well, that God will find you right where you are, and make great things happen out of what you might think are your worst moments.” The guys of Samestate recognize that the idea of absence and presence generates one more thing that goes along with their experience, both onstage and off. “This is a community,” Darren says. “And we’re a band for many more reasons than just for us and for fans to like us. We want to offer what we can because we’re also going through life’s struggles and it’s great to be able to offer help, advice and encouragement to each other and to the people we meet on the road.” It’s a little about honoring the opportunities and people that are absent. It’s a little about being present in the moment in front of you. And it’s a lot about seeing how the similar states all line up in front of you to make an impact on the world. SAMESTATE. The Alignment.- Lucas Hendrickson

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Children’s Day and Special Needs Day build memories Special Needs Day on Oct. 2 and Children’s Day on Oct. 5 are inextricably linked for event coordinator Leslie Robertson of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. “It’s my favorite part of the fair,” Robertson said. “I look forward to it every year. It’s a time when we give access to people who wouldn’t normally have access to the fair.” Robertson cherishes memories about each event. “It’s something different every year. Last year we had a robot who knew sign language and watching their expressions as they realized they could communicate with this great big robot is one of my favorite memories of last year. I can’t wait to see what will happen this year.” Special Needs Day provides learning and entertainment for 800 individuals from Tobosa and specialneeds students from the Roswell Independent School District and Parkview Preschool. Children’s Day is a special day for kids from various day care centers, area kindergarten and those from Head Start. “We get around 1,000 children, not only from Roswell, but from Carlsbad, Dexter and Artesia,” Robertson said. She added that other cities may register or choose to participate. The two days, Special Needs Day and Children’s Day, mirror each other, with similar entertainment. The programs start at 9 a.m. Participants are bused to the fair-

grounds. They load up the buses at 1:15 p.m. “We assign a color to each group to get them down to manageable numbers,” Robertson said. The assigned colors go to different areas of the fairgrounds where they are introduced to such things as the wonders of dairy farming to gardening. Then the groups are rotated from one area to another throughout the day. Representatives of all the local 4H and FFA groups give tours of the buildings, explaining the displays. The members talk about what is done and what is expected of them during the livestock shows. Every year, the ENMSF has different entertainment for their audiences, but the special-needs individuals and the children get a private showing, just for them. This year’s delectation includes the Great Bear Show, with Gary Roberts, who is a hypnotist and magician, and Ken Karter, The Funny Dummy Show. Both entertainers boast interactive comedy tailored to suit the needs of the audience. Southwest Dairy Farmers are going to provide a show about Ag in the Classroom. They are bringing their Mobile Dairy Classroom, which is a traveling milking parlor. It features a live cow during the presentation. Instructors demonstrate how to milk a cow and describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer. “This year, the participates will get to make butter as they watch the live milking,” Robertson said.

The Southwest Dairy Farmers is an alliance of dairy farmers from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. These producers have pooled their resources to provide consumer education in nutrition, to promote dairy product use and provide dairy product information. The business Let’s Play specializes in kids’ party planning and entertainment. They show up with some of the kids’ favorite cartoon characters. “So we may have Cookie Monster ... or some other character. We never know who is going to join the group,” said Robertson. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase food from a vendor, and for those who don’t have a lunch, the Lions Club will help out. The special-needs group will get a special treat just for them when Miller Spectacular Shows, the ENMSF carnival provider, opens up the carnival rides for those who can enjoy the rides. The warm glow the staff receive from Special Needs and Children’s days last beyond the fair. “After Children’s Day we get a lot of thank you notes when they tell us their favorite part of the fair. We always enjoy that,” Robertson said.

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Ventriloquist will perform during this year’s ENMSF

Ken Karter is the only performer at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair who will openly admit he works with a group of dummies. The vocal impressionist has entertained audiences around the world with his ventriloquist act and will bring his talents to Roswell this October. He combines his talents of joke telling, voice impersonation and audience participation to create a

truly dynamic performance. With the help of his wife, Renee, he’s been able to bring his colorful characters to life at various fairs, festivals and other celebrations. He told FunnyDummyStuff.com, “Many of us talk to ourselves. I talk to myself, get answers, and get paid for it. I started with ventriloquism when I was 12 years old, and it has been a life-long love affair bringing my many characters to life to entertain wonderful audiences.”

Animal enthusiast are in for a treat at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, as The Great Bear Show comes to town. Those in attendance will get the opportunity to see and learn about bears. The Great Bear Show started in 1977 and is the oldest and longest running wild animal educational show in the

country. It is a privately owned facility and the bears themselves are ordinarily orphaned cubs which have lost their parents to hunters and have trouble surviving on their own. All proceeds from the shows go to feeding and caring for the bears until a licensed facility with adequate room has been located for the bears to live.

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Wool Lead to showcase home-crafted apparel JULIA BERGMAN RECORD STAFF WRITER

Beginning nationally in the 1950s under the premise of “making it yourself with wool,” the Wool Lead Show appeared at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell in the 1980s, providing home economic students with a venue to showcase their work. Last year, to keep with the times, the contest expanded to include a natural fibers division, and now Superintendent Jeanine Corn-Best says she’s expecting the 2012 Wool Lead and Natural Fibers Show at the ENMSF to draw more participants than in years past. Aiding in that effort, the ENMSF Board has recruited more counties to participate this year, resulting in a fuller fair. The Wool Lead Show has been forced to evolve over the years in order to keep current. Keeping abreast of current trends instigated the inclusion of the new division last year. “We want to get more town people involved,” Best said. “We want more people that don’t necessarily raise sheep or whatever, we want them involved.” For contest purposes natural fiber is defined as naturally occurring renewable fiber such as cotton, leather and silk. Each division — wool and natural fibers — will feature a handmade and readymade category, as is custom. Clothes may be store bought or homemade but must feature 60 percent of a natural fiber and be American made. Best estimated that 75 percent of the clothes worn in the contest are handmade, usually by the contestant’s grandmother or mother. Expanding to cotton enables contestants to sport today’s fashions. “I’ve got a

Participants in the 1989 Wool Lead Show at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

girl thats wearing a hand-knit sweater with tights,” Best said. “And she’s going to be rolling in on her skateboard.” Contestants will be judged on their general appearance — eye appeal, fit of clothes, fashion awareness— is the outfit traditional, is it age appropriate? and overall poise — is the contest smiling? Are they glad to be there? Participants are broken down into five age groups as follows: pre-school, age 5 and under; novice, age 6-8; junior, age 9-

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13; senior, age 14-19; and adult, age 20 and older. Many of the participants, Best said, begin at a young age and continue showing into their adulthood. Show winners are awarded scholarships for programs ranging from agriculture to fashion. Contestants have the option of using a lead lamb, which is judged on its own merit. The ewe, which receives its own ribbon, is scored on the length of its wool, the micron of the wool, the market-

ing of the wool and its overall look. Though the contest has evolved over the years, Best said, it still shows “ people that sewing is still something that we do, it’s a time honored tradition.” And while the style of the participants has changed, “Their smiles are the same. Their excitement is the same.” The Wool Lead show will take place at the Sales Arena on Oct.5, Children’s Day at the fair, starting at 5 p.m.

Boosters help fund school activities by taking tickets

that one fundraiser to help pay a lot of their expenses, as opposed to do doing several little fundraisers throughout the year. “... And of course, they have fun doing it, they all come A familiar sight to fair-goers for more than a decade, Roswell and Goddard high school booster clubs will greet in and tell us how fun it is out here. They get to see lots of people at the gates and in the parking lots during this people and meet lots of people, and then the return is to year’s Eastern New Mexico State Fair, the biggest annual help the kids get to the competitions and stuff like that. fundraiser for each club. Roswell and Goddard high So it’s a good, positive thing.” Goddard High School football booster Shannon Wooton school football boosters will handle parking, while band boosters from each school will take care of tickets at the said parents will work half-days at the fair, while Roswell High School football boosters will work the second half. gates. “It’s a great fundraiser,” Wooton said. “It’s a great time Trish Lair, ENMSF manager, is in her 12th year helping with the fair, and said each year the boosters are a huge for the parents to come together, help park cars, help out with the fair and help Rockets football at the same time! part of the fair’s success. “They’re awesome. We couldn’t do it without them, The money goes back into the football program, so we are that’s for sure,” Lair said. “They work hard all week, and grateful that the Eastern New Mexico State Fair does this they’re able to make enough money in that one week with for the Goddard football booster club, along with Roswell A35 EASTERN NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR CELEBRATING NOAH VERNAU RECORD STAFF WRITER

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High. And I know that the ticket takers, the ones that you’re paying to get into the fairgrounds, they are Goddard volleyball boosters and band boosters, so a lot of school organizations depend on this as one of their main fundraisers.” Joy Storm, Roswell band booster, said she has always been grateful for the opportunity to raise needed funds. She said she sat in on one of the fair meetings this year for the first time, a memorable experience for her. “I was very impressed with how smoothly things run, and they just really think of everything,” Storm said. “When you’re dealing with the general public, there are a lot of details that come into play. And with that being my first year, (I was) just so impressed with how courteous they are, and how well they listen to ideas and things that need to be improved upon, and just a general passion for the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.”

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