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icated posthumously to a very special man, Johnny Ogden, a man of many hats. His career hat: NM Dept. of Ag Milk Specialist III. Johnny was a dairy inspector for 27 years. Over the years, he became an advocate for not only the area dairies, but was instrumental in the implementation of many of the dairy plants in the state of NM. Johnny found the appropriate balance between the needs of the dairy farmers as well as the needs of the public. Not only has the dairy industry lost an outstanding inspector, the dairy industry lost a friend.

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You may not know this man, which would be hard to believe. I was convinced he knew everyone at least everyone on the Eastern side of the state. This year at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, the expectation of this year comes with joy met with and a heavy heart. The 2013 Eastern NM State Fair Grand Marshall will be ded-

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Bus driver hat: Even though Milk Specialist was his career, Johnny had another job and one he sure enjoyed, school activity bus driver for Floyd Schools. He loved this activity which he lovingly referred to as “haulin” those kids around. Johnny, along with his wife, invested in these young adults. The bus kids always knew that there was someone in the stands supporting them, cheering for them and, above all, ensuring they would travel home safely. Many kiddos miss that hat he wore.

Fair hat: The 4-H & FFA programs and Fairs, were Johnny’s favorite hat of all. Oh how Johnny loved the fairs, he loved watching the excitement of the youth that participated in the livestock’s shows, and shared a tear with many as they fought to overcoming feelings of defeat. He, with all of his heart, believed in the life skills that 4H and FFA taught the members. Johnny spent endless hours organizing, helping and promoting area fairs. For over 40 years, Johnny has been involved with county, state and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. He served many tireless, selfless years on the ENMSF board and to quote a dear friend of Johnny’s, “he was the true definition of a volunteer.” The thing that many remember about Johnny is he wore so many different hats at the fairs, especially at the Junior Livestock Sale. He wore a dancing hat, a weighing hat, a granddad hat and, of course, the biggest of all - supporter hat. That hat worn by Johnny Ogden, in the opinion of many, can never be replaced. Along with the Dairy industry, and school activities, the ENMSF has lost a dear friend. Johnny hat: Husband to the love of his life and father to three daughters,

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was the first and final hat Johnny wore. Johnny fondly referred to his wife Janice as his bride, Johnny and Janice shared 48 years of marriage and raised three daughters, Debbie Allen, Sherrye Lovelace, and Tammy Fraze. Johnny and Janice have 12 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids; to those twelve, and most of Eastern New Mexico, he is Granddad Johnny. Johnny filled his spare time with supporting his grandchildren at ropings, sporting events, band practices and anything else that was important to his grandkids. He loved his family and was so proud of their lives together. Johnny left a legacy of love for his girls. Each one of them shares one of the hats that Johnny wore; Debbie with her Husband Curtis, is a strong volunteer and supporter of the ENMSF and the 4-H and FFA programs. Sherrye is a certified teacher and has a passion for young people’s education. Tammy shares the career hat with Johnny as she is employed in the Dairy Industry in Portales, NM. Of all of the amazing hats that Johnny wore, this hat, by far, was my favorite because he was Daddy, and he wore that hat the best.


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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 22 counties in the great state of New Mexico. We must be doing something right as new counties petition to be included each year. You won’t recognize “Chile Row” this year with its new/old transformation. We’ve gone back 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.

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Sunday, September 29th 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 8th. 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. Our theme this year is “The most fun you have with your boots on!” Come join us as we cherish our history and celebrate our bright future. See you there! Larry Hobson President

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Johnny Ogden of Floyd Named Fair Marshall, in Memorial Tess Townsend Record Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico State Fair Board has named as Fair Marshall Johnny Ogden of Floyd. Ogden was involved in the fair for over 40 years and served as Junior Livestock Superintendent for past seven years, until his death in March of this year at age 67. "Johnny has always been very well respected, not only in this area, but throughout the state," said fair board President Larry Hobson, who farms hay, corn, and alfalfa south of Roswell. "We had a saying about Johnny: If you didn't like Johnny, there was probably something wrong with you." Ogden will be mentioned on banners flanking the board's float in the fair parade on September 30. Signs leading to the Junior Livestock ring will read, "Johnny says welcome to the fair." Before the Junior Livestock sale on the morning of October 5, the first annual Top Hand award will be given in Ogden's honor to the all-around top-performing Junior Livestock participant. Members of Ogden's family say they plan to be present at both the parade and the award ceremony. Ogden's youngest daughter Tammy Fraze says she is emotional but proud her father was chosen as Fair Marshall. "He believed in what 4-H and FFA and showing animals invested in children's

lives," said Faze, who works as a quality assurance and compliance supervisor at a BFA powder plant in Portales. "He had such a love and passion for it. The fact that they're honoring him for that just recognizes his life's work." Ogden is remembered by friends and family for his commitment to children. In addition to serving as Superintendent of Junior Livestock at the fair, and working as a dairy specialist for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for 27 years, Ogden filled the role of school activity bus driver for Floyd Municipal School District. "He loved this activity, which he lovingly referred to as 'haulin' those kids around," writes Faze in a memorial essay about Ogden that appears in today's paper. The essay describes the many "hats" worn by Ogden: his career hat, bus driver hat, fair hat, and "Johnny" hat, referring to Johnny's love for and pride in his family. Those who knew Ogden say he was not only kind, but fair in his work with youth and in general. Shelby Cockerham, 21, participated in Junior Livestock while Ogden was superintendent. "The way he treated all the kids, he made all of us feel like we were the favorite," said Cockerham, who grew up in She said she referred to Ogden as "Granddad" growing up in Texaco but now lives in Lubbock where she will soon begin a new job as a Registered Nurse. Her mother Charolette Cockerham has been best

friends with Ogden's daughter Debbie Allen for roughly 30 years. Charolette Cockerham recalled that Ogden always "would get in there and get more money for the kids" when it came time for the auction at the end of the fair. Hobson and Debbie Allen's husband, Curtis Allen, who farms and ranches in Texaco, said Ogden would even dance and sometimes wore costumes to liven the event. Charolette Cockerham who helps her husband ranch and farm and also works in direct sales of bags and wallets, said that when Ogden's grandchildren entered the ring, he would exit until their animals had been sold, so as to avoid any conflict of interest. Curtis Allen said Ogden dealt with difficult situations with a gentle finesse, and calmed down many a disgruntled parent. He conveyed how once, a parent was upset that Ogden had disqualified the parent's child's animal due to it being overweight. "I remember after that show how Johnny went and found that parent and they went through it and that parent apologized," he said. "He could have just got mad and say the heck with them, but instead he just wanted to make it right." Curtis is the 2013 Junior Livestock Superintendent. "I hope I do half the job he did," he said. "I've hung around him for the last 27 years and I learned a lot."

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Hobson said the fair won't be the same without Ogden. "We're gonna have a lot of things on our mind as far as Johnny not being with us." He said the Junior Livestock sale, in particular, "will be somewhat of an emotional time," but added, "If Johnny was there, he'd be telling me to hurry up just get on with the sale." Ogden was born March 20, 1945 in Albuquerque. He moved to Portales with his family when he was nine years old, and graduated from Portales High School. He received his degree in Agricultural Education from New Mexico State University, and worked as an Agriculture Teacher in Elida before founding a dairy. After he closed the dairy in 1986, he became a dairy inspector. The Johnny Ogden Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Ogden at the time of his death. The fund will grant two college scholarships of $500 each. One award will go to a graduating high school senior who participates in 4-H or FFA at the Roosevelt County Fair, and one for a senior who participates in 4-H or FFA at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Information about the scholarship will be sent to county extension offices and local school districts in early 2014, and the awards will be given out in May. Contributions to the scholarship fund may be sent to the Johnny Ogden Scholarship Fund, c/o J. P. Stone Community Bank, P O Drawer 888, Portales, NM 88130.

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91 Years: Down Home Country Fair Welcome to an event 91 years in the making! The Eastern New Mexico State Fair has a long and proud history. Although we count 91 years from the first Chaves County Cotton Carnival in 1922, the roots of the fair began many years before that with the Southeastern New Mexico and Pecos Valley Fair Association. The purpose of the fair was to exhibit agricultural and orchard products. The fairs of 1892 and 1893 were an opportunity for local residents to show how productive the Pecos Valley could be. Even local farmers were surprised at the array of crops represented at the fair. The highlight of the event however was the Alfalfa Palace. This architectural phenomenon was constructed of bales of sweet-smelling alfalfa and resembled a castle complete with battlements. The Alfalfa Palace was more

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than an amazing structure as it also housed the local exhibits. Covered pens were adjacent to the palace and housed the livestock. It is noted that as the wind began to blow, the Palace had to be evacuated and one lady reluctant to leave was carried

out by a concerned gentleman. It was later discovered that the “lady� was actually a dummy of Martha Washington from one of the displays. The gentleman in question was considered no less heroic upon this revelation.

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Those early days of community gathering would slowly evolve into the Eastern New Mexico State Fair that we enjoy today. The first parade to open a fair was held in 1900. This first parade created a new name for the fair. There was such a wondrous


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display of floral decorations that the fair became known as the “Flower Fair”. Today’s parade boasts over a hundred floats and entries representing businesses, schools, teams, clubs, and more. In the early fair days children from local schools were given three days off so that they and their families may enjoy the fair. Today, the opening day of the fair is knows as “Fair Day” and many children and their families attend to celebrate the commencement of fair week. The tradition of gathering every year to show off crops and wares has continued since the 1890’s with few exceptions. Although there was a lapse during World War I the fair continued in 1922 when the Cotton Carnival came into being. A noted addition to the fair began this year when a Cotton King was crowned in grand style on the Courthouse lawn. In 1923 a poll of fair visitors indicated that along with local residents, 25 states were represented amongst the fairgoers. Top on the entertainment roster was a community sing-along in which 2,000 school children par-

ticipated, the crowning of Miss globe. From the time of the Alfalfa youth of 4-H and FFA, or to delight Alfalfa and Miss Apple, and of Palace-style fairs to the Chaves in the sights, tastes, and experiences course the mock battle between the County Cotton Carnival to the cur- of the midway, there is something New Mexico National Guard and rent day Eastern New Mexico State for everyone at the Eastern New Fair, one thing has remained the Mexico State Fair. cadets of NMMI. Come be a part of history in the By 1931 the Cotton Carnival was same: the focus of the fair is comso successful that it became known munity. Whether gathering to com- making as we look forward to the as the Eastern New Mexico State pare crop techniques, to support the next 87 years and beyond. Fair and soon outgrew its facility in the National Guard Armory and surSome Fun Facts: rounding tents near North Main and •There were once two parades held during fair: the opening day 11th Street. To accommodate such a parade and the “Old-Timers Parade” grand event the fair board purchased •In the 1890s children under 15 were invited to enter a burro race, land southeast of the city limits. The the winner received $10.00 27th annual fair became the first fair to be held on the current fairgrounds •The Chaves County Cotton Carnival is rumored to have acquired in the year of 1949. Thus the current this name because fair officials ‘wanted each word of the title to begin Eastern New Mexico State Fair was with the letter C! born. •At the time of the first “Alfalfa Fair” a business lot in town could Over the years we have witbe bought for between $100 and $500. nessed the evolution of local cowboys competing in calf-roping •In 1923 one hundred Mescalero Apache Native Americans lived on events to a full Professional the fairgrounds in teepees exhibiting baskets and beadwork. Bullriding Tour. We have seen the •Fruit was the main crop in the Pecos Valley before cotton and alfalJunior Livestock sale become the fa took over. In 1937 a devastating frost ended most of the commercial largest event of its kind in the state. fruit crops. We have had the home economic •In 1939 the fair hosted Tidwell Shows. The truck hauling the perskills of farmer’s wives grace the displays and we have played host to forming elephant broke down in Lubbock. entrepreneurs from all over the EASTERN NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR CELEBRATING 91 YEARS 7


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Fair Queen National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade point average. The daughter of Greg and Mary Creager of Hobbs, Katie loves animals. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University where she will study veterinary medicine. As rodeo queen, she was required to visit five counties. She made appearances in Chaves, Roosevelt, Curry, Lincoln, and Eddy counties. One of her favorite sports is barrel racing. Katie said that the duty of a rodeo queen includes acting as an ambassador for the sport of rodeo and represent the Western way of life Courtesy Photo Katie also acts as judge in the FFA. As a Jessica Palmer parliamentarian in National FFA, Katie Record Staff Writer rules on all questions of parliamentary conduct at chapter meetings and conducts The Eastern New Mexico State Fair parliamentary procedure workshops. She Rodeo Queen is not just a pretty face. Last has been president of 4-H Club. year’s winner Katie Creager, 17, is a senThe Rodeo Queens, past, present and ior at Hobb High School, a member of the future, must excel in horsemanship. She

says the Eastern New Mexico State Fair rodeo queen pageant is a test of skills and knowledge. The successful participant will ride a set pattern and then a pattern of own choice, followed by a fast ride around the crowd. Katie will be a hard act to follow. She has been Miss Rodeo NM princess in the Lea County Fair. She hopes to continue her rodeo career all the way to Miss Rodeo America competition. The Pageant will be held at the Fairgrounds on Sept. 29, starting with personal interviews in the morning and a luncheon, which will be open to the public, at noon in the fairgrounds Sales Pavilion where they will hold a silent auction. “Every girl will bring an item for the auction,” she said. In the past the items presented included jewelry, bags, shoes and purses. The afternoon events start with the modeling, speech, and what she calls the impromtu portion of the contest. “The

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girls are judged on the grace and ability to captivate and connect with the audience. The impromtu question tests the girl's ability to think on their feet under pressure,” said Katie. She recommends that each contestant bone up on fair and rodeo history before the pageant. The Rodeo Queen competition will culminate with the demonstration of horsemanship at 4 p.m. An hour after the demonstation the 2014 Rodeo Queen will be crowned. Katie invited all people to attend. “We’d love to have an audience.” The outgoing queen says that becoming Eastern New Mexico State Fair Rodeo queen has opened many doors for her at other rodeos and fairs within the state and in other states. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and the first runner up receives $500. A full schedule of the events can be found on the ENMSF website.

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The Roswell Fire Department is involved with the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Jessica Palmer Record Staff Writer The Roswell Fire Department is involved with the Eastern New Mexico State Fair long before the gates open. Fire Protection Services inspects the booths, vendors and the carnival equipment to ensure compliance with all state and local fire and safety regulations. Deputy Chief Devin Graham said that the city of Roswell Fire Department will be extremely active during the 2013 State Fair. They are involved with all aspects of the fair from public relations, to passing out fire prevention information, to providing public safety to all fair goers. The emergency medical personnel provide emergency treatment for fairgoers,

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with personnel on stand-by for any needed EMS service. The Fire Department also operates the Fire Prevention booth where firefighters can talk with people, especially the children. They present a “Combat Challenge” course for children which allows them to experience some of the tasks performed by firefighters. The RFD will have fire fighting equipment on display for people to examine. However, said Graham, the primary objective of the fire department as it pertains to the ENMSF is to provide a high level of public service and public safety. He added: “We want to put a smile on the face of all the citizens that we come in contact with.”

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The Emergency Services play a part in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair The Emergency Services play a part in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, including the protection of the public. The Roswell Police Department provides security. “What the Police Department is doing at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair is enforcing the laws as necessary,” said RPD Capt. Tom Moody, who is charge of the police efforts at ENMSF. He noted that officers will the there to direct traffic into the Fair Grounds. “We also direct traffic during the parade,” he said. Despite manpower shortages, the police will do what is necessary for crowd control. “Sometimes we have two officers and other times we have six to eight officers

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depending on the events,” said Moody, although he said that generally the fair is quiet. “We have enjoyed working the fair in the past. We are used to it and are ready to take action when necessary.” RPD works with the assistance of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. However, Sheriff Rob Coon explained they only help the RPD who are the primary law enforcement agency. Moody explained: “The Mounted Patrol also helps out quite a bit. The Fire Department is there for medical issues and we work cooperatively together. We’re all prepared for it.”

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday September 4 4-H Inside Exhibit Computer Disk & Summary Sheets from all Counties Due at Chaves County Extension Office ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 16-21 Receive Mail-in Entries for Arts & Crafts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Friday, September 20, Parade entries due ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 20-22 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. st th Friday 20 and Saturday 21 nd 1-6 p.m. Sunday 22 Receive the following: Arts & Crafts, Preserved Food, Fine Arts & Photography. This does not include bakes goods which will be accepted Saturday September 28, 2013 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

10:00 a.m. DAIRY GOAT SHOW 2:00 p.m. All Dairy Goats Removed From Grounds 6:30 p.m. Fair Queen Orientation/Get Acquainted Party ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sunday, September 29 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE BROUGHT TO FAIRGROUNDS This includes all animals – NO EXCEPTIONS 9:00 a.m. Queen Contest: Personal Interviews 12:00 p.m. Queen Contest: Luncheon, Speech, Modeling, Impromptu questions 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Flower Show Entries (Horticulture Only) Accepted

Monday, September 23 All Junior Livestock Entries Due. This includes Swine, Sheep, Steers, Dairy Heifers, Rabbits, Poultry, Goats, & Breeding Heifers Natural Fibers and Wool Lead Entries Due

4:00 p.m. Queen Contest: Horsemanship, Queen Coronation will occur approximately one hour following horsemanship.

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5:00 p.m. Rabbit Meat Pens will be Judged

Wednesday, September 25 Queen Entries Due ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Friday, September 27 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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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9:00 p.m. All individual, educational, extension club, FFA, 4-H, FHA booths and FFA Ag mechanics must be in place ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Monday, September 30 9:00 a.m. Market Swine Weight Declarations DUE in Livestock Office, Market Lamb Weight Declarations DUE in Livestock Office, Steer Weight Declarations DUE in Livestock Office. 9:00 a.m. RABBIT SHOW 10:00 a.m. Parade begins 12:00 p.m. GATES OPEN 12:00p.m-10:00 p.m. Commercial Building Open ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Monday, September 30 12:00 p.m.-Close Flower Show ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Monday, September 30 3:30 p.m. Parade Trophies Awarded 6:00 p.m. MEAT GOAT SHOW Carnival will open upon set-up and inspection 7:00 p.m. Disfunktion ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tuesday, October 1 8:00 a.m. MARKET SWINE SHOW 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. SPECIAL NEEDS DAY ENMSF hosts organizations working with people with special needs. Groups should sign up with the fair office prior to September 25th. 12:00 p.m. Gates Open

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 JR. LIVESTOCK RELEASE TIMES WILL BE POSTED FOR ALL ANIMALS AND FFA MECHANICS

9:30-10:30 Flower Show DesignEntries Accepted

8:00 a.m. Buyers Breakfast

12:00 p.m. GATES OPEN

9:00 a.m. JR. LIVESTOCK SALE BEGINS Saturday, October 5, 2013

12:00 p.m.-Close Flower Show 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Commercial Building Open 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Carnival Open 6:30 p.m. – Family & Faith Night 7th Day Slumber Manic Drive Submission Red

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12:00 p.m. GATES OPEN

Friday, October 4 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CHILDREN’S DAY ENMSF hosts schools, child cares, and other organizations working with young children. Groups should sign up with the fair office prior to September 25th.

12:00 p.m.-Close Flower Show

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

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

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

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Flower Show Design and Container Grown entries released

4:00 p.m. BARN YARD JUDGING

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 4-H exhibits released

4:00p.m.-11:00p.m. Commercial Building Open

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Release Arts & Crafts

9:00 a.m. 4-H & FFA BIRDS JUDGED

5:00 p.m. DAIRY HEIFER SHOW 5:00-11:00 p.m. Carnival Open 6:30 p.m. Noche De Musica featuring: Reto de Chihuahua Los Consentidos Maldad

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sunday October 6 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Farm & Garden Entries Released ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Monday, October 7 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All inside exhibit booths must be emptied and cleaned out

5:00 p.m. Natural Fibers & Wool Lead 5:00-11:00 p.m. Carnival Open

Thursday, October 3 8:00a.m. Breeding heifer show Steer show to immediately follow heifer show. All junior livestock pulls due in Jr. livestock office one hour after steer show

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¡Noche de Musica! lineup a concentration of homegrown talent Tess Townsend Record Staff Writer This year’s ¡Noche de Musica! lineup is shorter than last year, but still packs a punch with high caliber local music. The free concert will start at 6 p.m. on October 2. The lineup includes Los Cosentidos del Norte, Reto de Chihuahua, and Grupo Maldad. All three bands are returning acts and are donating their time to the event free of charge. Event organizer Sergio Jimenez, 25, categorized the general style of music to be showcased as Mexican regional music. He said he booked fewer bands this year so as to let each play two 30 to 45 minute sets. He said that last year, when one additional band played, some bands only had time to play short sets. "I want everyone to have the opportunity to be known out there," he said. Last year’s event also included a per-

formance by children’s dance group, KidsFolklorico Durangense. Reto de Chihuahua, a band from the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, is the newest band playing. The seven-member group has been together three years and will release its first album at the end of 2013. Grupo Maldad started in Roswell 15 years ago. The five-member band was created after lead singer and accordion player Fabian Anaya, 34, came to town from Bletsoe, Texas to play a gig with another band, and never left. Anaya said a strong stage presence is one of Maldad's greatest attributes. "We're really charismatic. We draw people. For some reason, they like us," he said. The band plays Tejano, or Tex-Mex, music. Anaya says his band is different fro other local Tejano bands because it is a Cojunto band, meaning it uses an accordion, bass, drum, and 12-string instrument

bajo sexto. Los Cosentidos del Norte, from Juarez, has been around for over 25 years, according to Jimenez. Jimenez is married to the daughter of the lead singer of the sixmember band. The youngest member if Los Cosentidos is Jimenez's seven-year-old son, Sergio Jr. Sergio Jr., who is in second grade, plays the accordion. Jimenez says his son enjoys playing with the band on weekends, and that he likes to dance on stage and "[put] on a show." He says the band has helped encourage good behavior in his son, and that school is still his son's priority. "I've done stuff like where he refuses to clean is room or just kid stuff, where I'm like, 'You can't play' " in the band, said Jimenez. ¡Noche de Musica! has been around for as long the lifelong Roswellian event organizer can remember, and used to be

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Model train show commemorates lost member Jill McLaughlin Record Staff Writer This year’s model train display will be full of the usual action, excitement and miniature thrills at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. The only major piece missing will be one of its most dedicated members, Ron Jarm. A model-train enthusiast and President of the Pecos Valley Society of Model Trainmen died earlier this month. He spent the past 30 years as a member. As a tribute, this year’s fair display will be dedicated to Jarm. “He ran our merchant car program for most of those years,” said Pete Kelly. “The merchant car program is pretty much what people see when they see the trains operating.” The merchant cars are made up of 10 trains, each with about 30 cars on them. Local businesses from eastern New Mexi-

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co run advertisements on the side of the cars, Kelly said. New to this year’s fair display will be a miniature city with a 20-story skyscraper, grouped with a few other smaller skyscrapers. The city will be complete with lighting inside the windows. “One modeler has bee working the entire year on this city,” Kelly said. “It’s quite impressive and we’re happy to show

that one this year. One of the most popular highlights of the display every year is the camera train, which takes video as it travels through the thousands of feet of tracks. Fair visitors can watch a monitor and view the live feed on a monitor. “Trains are always running, but we have different layouts,” Kenny said, “When people come and see the fair trains, they

can see everything through the windows, how a train club operates, how the bench work is built. What they see is basically these trains running on the tracks.” The layout includes a few miniature towns. “What our mission, or primary purpose of this club is, is to enjoy this hobby of model railroading,” Kelly said. “We try to have fun. The layout you see is a contribution of a number of members.” Some 30 members contributed to the layout seen at this year’s fair. It is the third layout built for the fair. The first was built in 1980. Then, in 1993, the club started on the layout that will be shown this year. “The excitement to see the trains still remains with the merchant trains, though. Visitors recognize all of the local businesses and slogans. “It’s fun to see all of that,” Kelly said. The trains run from 4 to 9 p.m. every day the fair is open.

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Children’s Day and Special Needs Day build memories The fair can be fun for families or work for those running it, but regardless of whether it's a job to time to play, the fair offers the opportunity to educate children. Nearly 1200 school-aged children will arrive at the fair grounds and go on tours to see exhibits and the animals, and learn how FFA and 4H kids raise those animals, said tour coordinator Cheryl Butterfield. "I wanted kids to have more of an educational experience," she said, explaining the reason she helped organize the concept. On Tuesday, the day will be specifically for special needs students. These children will have the chance to visit the fair in a way that allows them to really see everything instead of being stuck behind a mass of adults when an event happens. Last year there were roughly 850 people on Special Needs Day, including parents, teacher and students, Butterfield said. She said the best part for the students is the aspect of a smaller crowd since the tour takes place during the school day. Following Special Needs Day will be Children's Day on Friday. Having more than 1,000 people on Children's Day last year, Butterfield expects another large

crowd. The age of the students will depend on specifics of the schools, but most of the students are second through fourthgraders. They will, however, also often times have kindergartners, sixth-graders and even ninth-graders. For the last ten years Butterfield has been doing agricultural education at the fair, and she said the schools in Roswell have been great to work with. They are helpful and easy to coordinate with, whereas with the State Fair she did everything on her own. Her favorite part however, besides having good teamwork within the schools, is seeing high school students educate the younger children. "It's fun to show the education part itself, but seeing kids lead these large groups of people (is inspiring,)" Butterfield said. She trained the FFA and 4H teenagers, but they lead the groups on their own as they try to share information on the animals. Butterfield liked the education element so much she actually recently became a teacher, so now her educating leadership will spread to classrooms, but it all started and will continue at the fair.

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It's not their first rodeo, or in this case fair.. It's not their first rodeo, or in this case fair, but Dysfunction Band is looking forward to once again helping to kick start Roswell's fair from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 30. "We're four musicians and one drummer," said the band's drummer Jeff Weathers. Him along with singer Mike Green originally got together 10 years ago, and since then they have lost and added members, and now perform all around town at various functions, one of their favorite haunts being Classics every Friday night. Along with Green and Weathers, the band has four other members: Jason Tutor on guitar, Satty Chavez on bass, Rollah Aston rocking keyboard, and their newest member, Curtis Vaughn plays guitar and has been nicknamed "Fingers" after the calloused tip of his index finger got caught in a cutter at work. So the gang has assembled and they are prepared to play a collection of covers, from rock and roll, Elvis and the 50's, to the classic rock of the 60's and 70's. They will even touch on newer artists such as the Black Keys, and in between they'll dapple with a couple country songs, but "that's only for the audience," Weathers said with a laugh.

For Dysfunction Band, the fair is a great chance to get some exposure. Although many people will sit and listen for a little bit before moving on, and only die hard fans will sit through the entire show, there are still a lot of people who will linger for at least a song. "Usually parents will listen while their kids are off doing their thing," Weathers said. And the point is to entertain on a family level. The band usually only plays at family events. "We want to be able to play for kids and grand kids... it's for all ages," Weathers explained. And they have fun with it. They'll tell jokes, wear costumes and put on funny hats for various songs. "We always have fun, and if it's not fun it's time to quit," Weathers said bluntly. But along with having fun the band members still put family first. So although they have become their own little family, the fair performance will be their last of the year so they can spend some time with family members. And really, that just gives them one more reason to play their hearts out at this year's fair.

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Wool Lead touts natural fiber fashions Tess Townsend Record Staff Writer Participants in this year's Wool Lead will have the opportunity to strut the best of their natural fibers stuff, whether those wares be made at home or bought at a store. The Wool Lead is a fashion show in which participants display silk, cotton, wool, and leather outfits. The practice started in the U.S. in the 1950s, but didn't make it to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair until the 1980s. The contest has a wool division and a natural fibers division. Each of the two divisions has a handmade and readymade category, as well as five classes, ranging from pre-school age to adult, which is defined as age 20 and older. The wool division includes a sixth class for contestants competing with ewes. This class is all

ages. Participants are judged on the quality of products displayed as well as quality of show. The contest has four judges, one of whom specifically judges ewes. According to the guidelines for the contest as stated in the 2013 Fairbook, the ewe should be clean and "stylish." Wool Lead Superintendent Jeanine Corn-Best said she especially wants to emphasize the readymade division, which began a few years ago. She says the division "[allows] people to come in and showcase their outfits and show that there are still products out there that are still 100 percent cotton, wool, leather, silk, and all that." Readymade entries must be made in the United States. In addition to hoping to attract more participants in the readymade division, Corn-Best hopes more adults will be

involved this year. Corn-Best did not have this year's number of participants available, but said last year the competition was between 40 and 50 participants strong. While the contest has winners, no one goes home without a show of appreciation. Each participant will receive a ribbon and gift bag. Corn-Best, who is a rancher in Roswell and owns Copyright Printing, first became involved in the contest in the 1980s. She said her now-grown children were involved as youngsters, and that she stays involved in Wool Lead because of the experience it provides for young participants. "I'm just excited to always do it. It's always fun to watch the children and how they smile and have a good time and how they learn."

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