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INDEX 4: Letter from Dan Mourning 6: NM State Fair Selected as Industry’s ‘Feature Fair’ for Second Time 6: Main Street Theme Days Calendar 8: State Fair Welcomes Return of Popular Junior Livestock Show 10: Renovations to Concession Area Create First True Food Court at State Fair 12: Livestock Schedule of Events 14: Rodeo & Concert Series 14: New Mexico State Fair Horse Show Schedule 15: New Mexico State Fair Spectaculars 16: Vacation 2022: Destination Alamogordo! 18: New Mexico State Fair to Host Navy Week

20: Stage Entertainment Highlights New Mexico’s Diverse Cultures 22: 2022 New Mexico State Fair Sponsors 24: Stages Schedule 25: Live Horse Racing at The Downs @ Albuquerque - Post Times 26: Fair Adds Cannabis to Exhibit Lineup 27: Chevron Pavilion 27: Food Contests 28: Home & Creative Arts Events 29: Unique Foods Contest 29: NMDA State Fair Schedule of Events 29: New Mexico State Fair Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge 30: Floriculture Shows 30: New Mexico State Fair Map and Directory

Photo credit to Nathaniel Paolinelli for all fair photography.

2022 New Mexico State Fair - General Information - September 8 - 18, 2022 FAIR HOURS:


Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Monday – Friday: Open at 2:00pm Saturdays & Sundays: Open at 10:00am



Adults (age 12-64): Seniors (age 65 & up): Children (age 6 – 11): Children 5 & under:

$15 $8 $8 FREE


Check website for pricing.


Free Bike Valet: 10:00am – 9:00pm daily Located just south of Villa Hispana (via Gate 4, enter from San Pedro between Copper & Lomas)

Rentals available at Gates 1, 4 and 8. All rentals require a valid driver’s license and a fee.

SENSORY STATION: The Sensory Station provides a safe space for our special needs Fair guests to de-escalate, and provides low-key and helpful sensory input activities. The Sensory Station is located inside the Youth Hall and is open daily, Sunday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday– Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Dear Visitors,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the New Mexico State Fair! Whether this is your first time, or your 50th, we’re thrilled at the opportunity to deliver this time-honored event to the citizens of our great state. As we come together to celebrate our state’s diversity and beauty, we’re proud to announce that the New Mexico State Fair continues to rank among some of the best fairs in the nation, known for first-rate programming and exceptional affordability. Fair fanatics will have a lot to love about this year’s fair! We’ve spent the last year packing this year’s event with traditional favorites, as well as a few new activities and entertainment options that are sure to appeal to audiences as diverse as the people of New Mexico. Events like “Out at the Fair,” that celebrate the LGBTQ community, and our nationally recognized Sensory Station, which provide a safe space for individuals with sensory sensitivities to get away from the fair’s stimulating environment, help ensure that everyone that attends has the chance to experience the fair. Making lifelong memories with the people you love is what the fair is all about – which is why we’ve set out to make the 2022 New Mexico State Fair the year you let your inner Fair Fanatic loose! From the cultural experiences that are distinctly New Mexico and extraordinary food options, to the outstanding lineup of rodeo and concert entertainment, you’re sure to find familiar favorites and new ones, too. You won’t find another diverse and dynamic entertainment experience for the price of admission as you will find here. Once again, we have amazing spectaculars, talented local and regional entertainment, education, interactive experiences for kids, and an event which overall honors our unique state, including our diverse culture and agricultural history. New Mexico’s 4-H and FFA participants showcase a year’s worth of effort and dedication at the state’s premier livestock shows with the hopes of making it to the Junior Livestock Auction, where many youths raise money to put toward their college educations. In addition to learning about our agricultural roots and rich history, children and adults alike will enjoy exciting carnival rides, magic shows and Main Street Theme Days. Our first-rate concert lineup features some of classic country’s biggest names. Superstars like Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam, and Mark Chesnutt are sure to have audiences singing along to familiar hits, proving that great music is timeless. Grammy Award winners Brothers Osborne, and Sublime with Rome are sure to bring their high-energy to the stage with a show none of us will soon forget. Pair those with two nights of the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls and five action-packed PRCA rodeos, and you have a top-notch Tingley Coliseum lineup to get any Fair fan on their feet! This year’s theme is “Fair Fanatics,” because if there’s one thing we know about New Mexicans, it’s that we are obsessed with all things New Mexico. Whether we’re engaging in a Twitter debate about who grows the best green chile (New Mexico, obviously), or where you’ll find the best sunsets (we rule there, too), or where you’ll find the best green chile cheeseburger (no shortage of those in NM), you’ll celebrate it all at this year’s fair. So put on some comfy shoes and bring your appetite for food, culture, and fun, because the fair is ON! Yours truly,

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NM State Fair Selected as Industry’s ‘Feature Fair’ for Second Time By Autumn Gray

The New Mexico State Fair has made history this year

as the only state fair in the country to be selected twice by the Western Fairs Association for its annual Feature Fair Tour. The tour gives industry peers and partners an opportunity to tour a fair that is considered a model of innovation and best practices. “It’s an honor to be chosen,” said WFA president & CEO Sarah Cummings. “The Feature Fair Tour is one of our most highly promoted events of the year. It is showcased at our annual convention in Reno, Nevada, in magazines and publications. We put a spotlight on that member fair throughout the year.” The WFA is the industry’s trade association, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and composed of more than 120 fairs and fair-related businesses throughout the western United States and Canada. While the tour is open to the entire WFA membership, typically an exclusive contingent of about 30 participate in the VIP experience. Those WFA members who come to New Mexico will get a rare glimpse at the tips and tricks behind a high-caliber state fair’s operations - a first-hand look at all that makes the fair so exceptional. In the case of the New Mexico State Fair, three primary factors have elevated it to superstar status in the industry, Cummings

said: its cultural offerings, such as those experienced at Villa Hispana and the Indian Village; its innovations, such as the Sensory Station, a firstof-its-kind safe space for guests with auditory disabilities to deescalate during regular fair hours; and its 2017 recognition as a Merrill Award winner. The WFA award is the highest a fair can receive, given to one deemed to demonstrate innovation, vision, and excellence within the fair industry. “We’re not just corn dogs and concerts,” said State Fair general manager Dan Mourning. “We actually believe we have a mission to make things better for people through the event that we produce. “Inclusive and representative programming is one of our hallmarks. No other fairs represent their state culture the way we do. They want to see what we’re doing to honor the best of New Mexico.” Those like Mourning, who run fairs, can take ideas back to their own communities and apply them. Likewise, Mourning said, he and his team expect to learn from the WFA guests about ways the New Mexico fair can improve. The Feature Fair Tour has occurred since 2005. WFA selected the New Mexico State Fair for the tour in 2008 and again in 2020. However, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the tour from happening until this year. The chair of the WFA’s board and the organization’s president collaborate to pick the lucky location. “This year, all eyes will be on us,” Mourning said.

Main Street Theme Days Calendar Thursday, September 8th Law Enforcement Day

Friday, September 9


Fire-Fighters / Smokey Bear Day / Red Ribbon Relay

Saturday, September 10


Parade Day, Classic VWs, Classic Jaguars, Mopars on the Midway, Classic Mustangs

Sunday, September 11


Antique Cars 9-11 Special Event (12 Noon) Model T’s, Model A’s, Classic Ford Flathead V-8 cars, VMCCA ‘Vintage Motor Car Club of America’, Classic Tractors

Monday, September 12th

NMSF Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge (starts at noon) Healthy Living & Seniors’ Day

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Tuesday, September 13th Veterans / Military Appreciation Day

Wednesday, September 14th Pathway to College & Careers Day

Thursday, September 15th NM True Day / Gathering of the Counties Day

Friday, September 16th

Science & Technology Day / Environment Appreciation Day

Saturday, September 17th

Hot Rods & Custom Car Show

Sunday, September 18th NMSF Classic Car Show, Classic Corvairs Classic GTO’s, Drifter’s Car Club, Classic Corvairs, others.


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State Fair Welcomes Return of Popular Junior Livestock Show By Autumn Gray

It’s the middle of summer in Portales, N.M., and teenagers

Kyleigh and McKennon Stephenson could be staying up late at night and sleeping in, playing team sports, hanging out at a pool with friends, and babysitting or mowing lawns for extra cash. They aren’t doing any of that. Instead, the siblings are waking at 4:30 a.m. weekdays and weekends to make sure their three cows get fed before the sun rises; that those same cows are bathed and their hair cushioned with leave-in conditioner, combed, and blow-dried silky smooth for 45 minutes; and that their 23 pigs are being walked, bathed, brushed, and oiled no later than 7:30 a.m., while it’s still cool outside. A similarly rigorous evening routine also occurs daily. In all, the teens estimate they dedicate 35-40 hours a week on livestock care. “They work pretty hard year-round,” said mom Sheila Stephenson. “It never stops.” Kyleigh, 16, and her brother, McKennon, 14, are members of the Elida Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter and the Roosevelt County 4-H Club. They were getting ready to show their animals at the highly-anticipated comeback of the Junior Livestock Show and Sale at the New Mexico State Fair. The show hasn’t happened since 2019. Though the annual fair occurred in 2021, after taking a year off during the pandemic, the return of the beloved Livestock Show was delayed another year. “I’m so excited,” said fair general manager Dan Mourning of the show. “My opinion is this is the fair. This is what the fair was established for - innovation in agriculture and farming and the livestock industry in New Mexico. … These young men and women will be representing what they’ve been working on the entire year.” The Junior Livestock Show involves about 1,000 steer, swine, goats, and sheep, and about 500 youth exhibitors from around the state. Participants are members of the historic 4-H or FFA organizations, or both. New Mexico’s 4-H organization dates back to 1912; the state’s FFA began in 1928. Rooted in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as STEM, agriculture, economics, and civic engagement, both organizations provide opportunities for young people to develop leadership and management skills, self-esteem, effective communication skills, and a sense of personal responsibility. The largest youth organization in the country, 4-H is composed of 7 million youth members, with more than 30,000 of them in New Mexico. Both the 4-H program, for ages 7 to 18, and FFA, involving ages 12-21, are rooted in learning by doing. Those who attend the State Fair Junior Livestock Show will have the opportunity to see New Mexico youth competing in a public speaking contest, exhibiting agricultural projects, participating in an agricultural science fair, and/or showing their livestock to judges in an arena. Judges evaluate animals not only on muscle mass, overall appearance, and health but also on the child’s showmanship, attentiveness to the animal, and attentiveness to the judge. 8 | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron

“It’s more than just about showing livestock. It’s an educational event for the kids, and they make friendships for a lifetime with other children from around Kyleigh Stephenson with steer. the state,” said Erin Dorsey, who has been organizing livestock shows for 30 years and is head of Livestock and Horse Operations for the fair. “For a lot of families, this is their family vacation for the year. It’s a family event. The whole state fair is a family event.” The goal for the exhibitors is to place in the top 30 percent or even win top honors, such as Grand Champion Steer. Those who place well go on to the Junior Auction, where sales of the best animals can result in tens of thousands of dollars for the child and his or her family. As evidence of just how lucrative the best of the best can be, a 1,389-pound European cross steer named Steve made history this past February at the Fort Worth, Texas, Stock Show & Rodeo when he sold for $310,000. The NM State Fair’s Mourning said he recalls a Grand Champion steer selling for $45,000 locally. Many families like the Stephensons split the earnings between a college fund and a kitty to support the next year’s projects. That’s why the animals’ spa-like mornings on the Stephenson home farm are so critical: “Hair on cattle is really important because it makes them look the part of a show cow,” Kyleigh said. Tristan Salopek, 14, a member of the Las Cruces High School FFA and the Urban Cowboys 4-H Club in Dona Ana County, has been showing pigs and lambs since age 9. She, too, says healthy hair, along with proper training, is critical for winning, helping her to be awarded Reserve Grand Champion Pig at the last New Mexico State Fair Junior Livestock Show in 2019. Tristan said she is particularly excited this year to be getting back in the ring after two years away. “I love the process leading up to the fair - all the training and work that goes into it and seeing all that pay off when you do get to exhibit the animals,” she said. “I definitely have learned a bunch of stuff that couldn’t be taught in school.” As is the case for so many of the youths who participate, showing animals, farming, or a combination of both is in their blood. The Salopeks, for instance, have lived on a 3,000-acre farm in Las Cruces, farming pecan trees for four generations. “Both of my parents showed,” said Tristan. Her 6-year-old brother is anticipated to be next in line. The Livestock Show is also an education for the public. Attendees not only learn about the care of the animals and all the different species and breeds of livestock but also about where food comes from and about the agricultural economy. “The agricultural industry is the backbone of America. We don’t eat unless we have ag people producing crops and raising livestock. A lot of that is showcased at the state fair,” Dorsey said. (continued on Page 14)

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Renovations to Concession Area Create First True Food Court at State Fair By Mary Ann Hatchitt Editor’s Update: As this publication was headed to print, EXPO New Mexico announced that the area to have been designated as the new food court will be named the Chevron Pavilion, in honor of the State Fair’s newest sponsor.

It is really nobody’s guilty secret. Many people come to the

New Mexico State Fair just for the food. This year, renovations to the food concession area in the center of the fairgrounds are intended to streamline the hunting and gathering experience during the 11-day fair, while also enhancing EXPO New Mexico’s year-round use for a multitude of other attractions. Instead of food and drink booths facing the Creative Arts lot, they will face toward a big tent structure as guests come in off Main Street. In essence, the concentration of concessionaires will do an about-face inward, toward a shaded area where fairgoers can enjoy entertainment while eating. The changes, made over the summer by Nieto Construction of Corrales, come courtesy of $800,000 in capital improvement project funding from the State. Though the food concessions will be in basically the same spot as they have been for the last eight decades, a formal Food Court has been a long-time dream for State Fair general manager Dan Mourning, who first walked onto the fairgrounds to work a dozen years ago. “This will enhance the experience for everyone who comes to the State Fair,” he said. “The Food Court creates more of a destination feel. It is in the center of the fairgrounds, really, the hub. “ The configuration will be almost a U-shape, Mourning said, with gateways from the beer garden and into and out of the Food Court designed to move people through the area efficiently. While the Food Court changes the footprint of the fairgrounds, much of the renovation is to unseen utility infrastructure, including significant and much-needed upgrades to the electrical, plumbing, sewer, water and fiber-optic lines so that vendors will have improved services. “Every time we uncover dirt, we do a lot of praying,” Mourning said. “This is a 1938 property, and the infrastructure and needs

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for utilities have changed significantly in the past 84 years.” Mourning said the response from concessionaires has been overwhelmingly supportive. Quesados New Mexican, for example, has been a food vendor at the fair for decades. Owner Mike Quesada said, “This new layout is going to be good for vendors and the public in general. It gives people options so they can go in a big circle and see all the choices and enjoy a beer with their food. The design also gives the vendors a lot more room in the back which is just fantastic for me.” “I can’t wait to see it,” said Mike Howell, owner of The Boss and Piggy’s Pizza. Howell has spent 17 years at the fair after buying the businesses from an owner who had a presence at the fair for 40 years. “It is a great concept. The vendors will be side-by-side, which will make it easier for our customers to pick and choose. They have ironed out a lot of problems that had surfaced years ago and come up with a great plan for everybody.” The Food Court elements are designed to not only be functional but also will be more aesthetically pleasing. For example, upgrades include a level sidewalk to accommodate people with strollers, wheelchairs, small children, and dogs. The eating environment will also be more comfortable as tents are replaced by permanent shade structures. The Food Court will also provide one-stop shopping for fair patrons, “so they can experience everything the fair has to offer,” Mourning said. Howell’s The Boss booth will be unveiling a new taste treat at this year’s fair - the hand-dipped bacon green chile corn dog. “This is the place where the diet goes to the wayside," Mourning said. “This is the place for you to indulge yourself in those oncea-year concoctions that keep your mouth watering until next year’s fair.”

Welcome to the 2022 New Mexico State Fair!

Larry Chavez, Sr.

Eric Serna


Chairman, NM State Fair Commission Santa Fe


Michelle Lujan Grisham

Benny Roybal

Secretary-Treasurer Española

Dr. Carol Cloer Bloomfield

42nd New Mexico

Mineral Symposium November 12–13, 2022


*Schedule and rules are subject to change.*

PATTERN ENERGY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK PAVILION- JLP Thursday, September 8th 9:00am Wool Show Fleece Arrival Begins 5:00pm Wool Show Fleece In Place Friday, September 9th 8:00am Jr.Rabbit/Cavy Show Arrival Begins 9:00am Wool Show - JLP 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations, JLP 7:00pm Jr.Rabbit/Cavy Show In Place Saturday, September 10th 8:00am Jr. Rabbit/Cavy Show Rabbit/Poultry Building 8:00am Open Angus & AOB Cattle Arrival/Check In Begins 8:00am Agriculture Public Speaking Contest 8:00am Agriculture Science Fair 9:00am Jr. Poultry Show - Rabbit/ Poultry Building 9:30 Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00pm Milking Demonstrations, JLP 12:00pm Jr. Market Goats/Wether Does In place - JLP 1:00pm Jr. Market Goats/Wether Does - Weights due Online 4:00pm Wool Lead Show - JLP 5:00pm Market Swine - Weight Due Online 5:00pm Open Angus & AOB Cattle Arrival/Check In Ends Sunday, September 11th 8:00am NM Bred Swine Show Swine Barn 12

**Market Hog Showmanship, 30 minutes after conclusion of NM Bred Swine Show 8:00am Open Hereford Cattle Arrival/Check In Begins 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 9:30am Wether Doe Show - JLP 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 11:00am Jr. Market Goat Show - JLP 5:00pm NM Bred Steer Show–Beef Barn 4:00pm Classify Jr. Market Lambs-JLP 5:00pm Open Hereford Cattle Arrival/Check In Ends 6:00pm Jr. Market Lamb - Weights Due Online Monday, September 12th 8:00am Jr. Market Hog Classification & Show - Swine Barn 9:00am Classify Jr. Market Steers/ Market Heifers - JLP 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 11:00am Jr. Market Steer/Market Heifer Weights Due Online 1:00pm Open Angus Cattle Show – Beef Barn 2:00pm Open AOB Cattle Show Beef Barn 3:00pm Breeding Heifer - Check In Due Online AOB/Commercial Heifer Weights Due Online Tuesday, September 13th 8:00am Open Rabbit Arrival Begins 9:00am Jr. Market Lamb Show - JLP | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron

9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 10:00am Open Hereford Cattle Show – Beef Barn 7:00pm Open Rabbits must be In Place Wednesday, September 14th 8:00am Open Rabbit Show Rabbit/Poultry Building 9:00am Jr. Market Steer/Market Heifer Show - JLP 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 11:00am Calf Scramble Meeting Beef Barn 3:00pm Jr. Replacement Dairy Heifer Show - Beef Barn 7:00pm Calf Scramble - Tingley Coliseum Thursday, September 15th 9:00am Open/Jr. Dairy Cattle Show – Beef Barn 9:00am Jr. Breeding Heifer Show – JLP 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 1:00pm Livestock Judging Contest – JLP 7:00pm Parade of Champions Tingley Coliseum Friday, September 16th 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm

10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 11:00am Jr. Livestock Sale Registration opens - Horse Arena 12:00pm Open Poultry Arrival Begins 1:00pm Jr. Livestock Sale – Horse Arena 7:00pm Open Poultry must be In Place 5:00pm Texas Longhorns must be In Place Saturday, September 17th 8:00am Open Poultry Show – Rabbit/Poultry Building 8:00am Jr. Dairy Goat Show/ Showmanship - JLP Open Jr. Dairy Goat Show, Youth Sr. Dairy Goat Show, Open Sr. Dairy Goat Show all to follow 9:00am 4-H Cooking Challenge – Youth Hall 9:00am Table Top Serama Chicken Show – Poultry Building 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 10:00am 4-H Dog Show - JLP 10:00am Texas Longhorn Show Open & Junior – Beef Barn 11:00am Open Jr. Dairy Goat Show - JLP Sunday, September 18th 9:30am Sheep to Shawl - JLP **Demonstrations take place daily from 9:30am 5:30pm 10:00am Milking Demonstrations - JLP 10:00am Texas Longhorn Show–Beef Barn 1:00pm Rooster Crowing Contest– Rabbit/Poultry Building

Rodeo & Concert Series At Tingley Coliseum

Times subject to change.

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Friday, September 9th

Saturday, September 10th

PRCA Xtreme Bulls & An Evening with Martina McBride Tickets: Box - $65; Chair Back – $55; Bench - $25

PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Dwight Yoakam Tickets: Box - $65; Chair Back – $55; Bench - $25

Wednesday, September 14th PRCA Rodeo Tickets: Box - $35; Chair Back – $25; Bench - $15

Friday, September 16th

Thursday, September 15th

PRCA Rodeo & Mark Chesnutt Tickets: Box - $65; Chair Back – $55; Bench - $25

PRCA Rodeo & Brothers Osborne Tickets: Box - $65; Chair Back – $55; Bench - $25

Saturday, September 17th PRCA Rodeo & Sublime with Rome Tickets: Box - $65; Chair Back – $55; Bench - $25

SUNDAY, September 18th PRCA Rodeo Tickets: Box - $35; Chair Back – $25; Bench - $15

NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR HORSE SHOW SCHEDULE September 8th September 9th-11th September 12th September 13th-14th September 15th-16th September 17th September 18th

9:00am – 11:00am 12:00pm – 6:00pm 9:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm 9:00am – 4:00pm

New Mexico Horse Rescue Demonstrations & Meet The Horses Arabian Horse Association Of New Mexico Riding & Clinics Arabian Horse Show Mule & Donkey Show Ranch Horse Show All Breed Horse Show 4-H Horse Show Barrel Race

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For example, “We have live milking demonstrations,” Mourning said. “It’s important to make sure urban kids know chocolate milk doesn’t come from a brown cow and that vegetables aren’t grown at a local store.”

They don’t do all of this for just the NM State Fair, either. Most children like the Stephensons will make a circuit of shows throughout the year at other fairs, such as the Roosevelt County Fair or the Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell.

While the fair may teach children from the cities about the sources of their meals, preparation for the fair teaches exhibitors about the nutritional needs of livestock. In addition to training and grooming and exercising their steer and swine, Kyleigh and McKennon must also closely measure and weigh food, read nutrition labels, and monitor their animals’ general health needs.

Still, the New Mexico State Fair stands out. “Just the fairground is really neat,” Kayleigh said. “It’s pretty unique among fairgrounds, I’d say.”

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“There’s a sense of nostalgia, too, having it there,” said her mom. “Just the New Mexico tradition of taking your livestock to Albuquerque.”

New Mexico State Fair SPECTACULARS FREE WITH ADMISSION Southwest Dairy Farmers Milking Demonstration Location: Jr. Livestock Pavilion Daily - 9:30am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm Great American Duck Races Location: Youth Hall Courtyard Daily - 10:15am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm Additional races: Sat-Sun: 6:30pm Chef Landry Comedy Show Location: Lujan B Daily: 11:30am, 1:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm Sea Lion Splash Location: Kiddie Lot Daily - 11:00am, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm Additional shows Fri. & Sat.: 8:45pm

Hot Glass Academy Location: Creative Arts Lot Daily: 10:30am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm GASCAR Animal Races Location: Box Car Lawn Daily - 10:45am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm Conjurer Fortune Machine Location: Main Street/Box Car Lawn Daily: 11:15am, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, 5:15pm Additional shows Sat. – Sun.: 6:45pm Salsa Steel Drum Band Location: Pavilion Stage Daily: 2:00pm Daily Strolling shows: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:45pm, 5:45pm

Interactive Circus Station Location: Main Street Stage Daily: 10:15am, 12:15pm Science Girl’s Lab Location: Main Street Stage Daily: 11:15am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm Jason D’ Vaude- The Circus Man Location: Main Street Stage Daily: 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm Stilt Circus Location: Strolling Act Daily: 1:45pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm Street Drum Corps Location: Strolling Act Daily: 11:15am, 1:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm

New Mexico State Fair Ambassadogs Location: Strolling Act Daily: 9:30am-11:30am Sun – Thurs: 6:00-8:00pm Fri – Sat: 7:00-9:00pm The Strolling Piano Location: Strolling Act Daily: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm 8:15pm Dueling Pianos Act: 4:00pm, 5:15pm Amazon Wonders Photo Booth Location: West Heritage Street Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Monkey Hut Location: West Heritage Street Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm (continued on Page 25)

Vacation 2022: Destination Alamogordo! Whether

you are seeking an outdoor adventure, historical journey, or just to enjoy a local brew while looking toward the cosmos, consider immersing yourself in the art, culture, history, surreal natural beauty, and simple wholesome charm of Alamogordo. Founded in 1898 as a railroad town in southern New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin, Alamogordo is situated in the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains, with Holloman Air Force Base just to the west. The town’s unusual name translates to “fat cottonwood” – ‘alamo’ meaning cottonwood and ‘gordo’ meaning fat. Three Rivers Petroglyphs Site

Delve into the history of the Native Americans who lived in the area, as well as the railroad, La Luz pottery, and ranching. Don’t miss the interactive NM Museum of Space History and New Horizons giant screen dome theater and planetarium. Explore the rocket park, pose as an astronaut on the moon, and try to land a shuttle. This Smithsonian affiliate museum educates and entertains adults and children alike. White Sands National Park.

Ready for some outdoor fun? Grab a picnic basket, lots of water, and a sled, and head out to White Sands National Park with its spectacular glistening white gypsum dunes just 15 miles away. Explore and sled the dunes, hike the trails, visit the museum, and then take a ranger-guided sunset stroll. Strolls are offered daily. Full moon hikes are offered April to December, and guided tours of Lake Lucero are available from November to March. Check the park website,, for more details.

The region is ideal for growing pistachios, pecans, and grapes. You can sample uniquely flavored nuts, enjoy sweet treats, sip some wine, and take a guided tour of local nut farms. Don’t forget to take a selfie in front of the World’s Largest Pistachio! Wrap up your day by enjoying a magical sunset, delicious meal, and live music at one of the local breweries, taprooms, or wineries.

Enjoy more outdoor fun at the historic Alameda Park Zoo, hiking or camping at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, and ancient rock carvings at the Three Rivers Petroglyph site. For a little indoor culture, visit the Tularosa Basin Museum of History housed in a historic 1938 Pueblo Revival style building. Visitors can view artifacts from the days of early man, to Alamogordo's role in the Atomic and Space ages. McGinn’s PistachioLand

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Schedule your trip to enjoy special events. Take in a worldclass show at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts or a tailgate concert throughout the summer. On the second Saturday of each month, Roadrunner Emporium hosts a walking ghost tour in Alamogordo’s historic district. Familyfriendly nights with live music, food, and craft vendors happen on the fourth Friday of each month all summer long at the Alameda Park Zoo, and don’t miss the annual White Sands Balloon & Music Festival on September 16-18. Visit, or call 1.800.826.0294 for more information.

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New Mexico State Fair to Host Navy Week By Barbara Armijo

New Mexico does not have a Navy military base

or installation. It doesn’t have a shipyard, port or major dock. What it does have, however, is a long and storied history of men and women who have proudly served in the U.S. Navy, as well as 95 Naval ships given a New Mexico namesake since the Civil War. In part because of these connections, the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) has picked Albuquerque to celebrate Navy Week, September 12-18, with events to be held primarily at EXPO New Mexico during the New Mexico State Fair. This year marks the sixth time that Albuquerque and the surrounding communities have hosted Navy Week. The Navy Week program will include exhibits and celebrations that give residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. “Navy Week gives us the opportunity to help connect Americans to their Navy,” said NAVCO’s director, Cmdr. John Fage. “We are looking forward to safely and responsibly building those connections in the Albuquerque area and showing everyone why their Navy is so important.” No one needs to explain it to the family of Charles Chavez, who enlisted and served in the Navy during World War II and was a proud member of American Legion Post 13 in Albuquerque, before his death in 2006. While he was alive, he relayed stories of his Navy years to his family of 10 children and more than 90 grandchildren and great-grandchildren combined. His family is one of many locally that understand the Navy’s importance and look forward to the Navy’s visit. “We knew how proud my father was to serve in the Navy,” said Kathie Chavez, the eldest of his children. “We want to keep his military legacy alive for our children and grandchildren. To be able to see the artifacts and meet the Navy personnel will mean so much to us.” World War II lasted nearly four years for the United States. During that time, almost 50,000 New Mexican men either volunteered or were drafted into military service. New Mexico had both the highest volunteer rate and the highest casualty rate out of all 48 states that were then in the Union, according to Susan Roberts and Calvin Roberts in their state history book titled simply New Mexico. Since 2005, America’s Navy has come home to up to 15 cities across the country every year. The Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s principal outreach effort into areas of the nation without a significant Navy presence, with over 250 Navy Weeks held in 80 cities, according to its website. “We coordinate about 75 outreach events during a Navy Week through corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, and community service engagements,” said NAVCO Navy Week program manager Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Chambers. “The 2022 schedule is exciting for us because we will be in several brand-new markets, and we have the opportunity to engage in markets we’ve previously visited, like Albuquerque.” 18 | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron

Albuquerque Navy Week will bring between 50 and 75 sailors from across the nation to discuss why the Navy matters to the city and volunteer at events throughout the community. For example, working in partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Navy is planning a groundbreaking during Navy Week for the future site of the sail of the USS Albuquerque, a decommissioned nuclear submarine. The site, which had yet to be announced by deadline of this publication, will be dedicated to the sailors who served on the submarine. The USS New Mexico is another of the many Navy vessels with state names, enumerated by New Mexico historian and author John Taylor. The Navy uses a naming convention set forth by Congress in the 1800s to name all its vessels, said Lt. Joel Borrelli-Boudreau, spokesman for NAVCO. Navy Week demonstrations, performances, and engagements planned on the fairgrounds include: • Senior Navy Leaders – A flag officer and senior civilian Navy leaders with ties to Albuquerque and the surrounding area will be on hand to speak to visitors. • Namesake Sailors – A visit with sailors serving on USS New Mexico (SSN 779), a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine. • Navy Band Southwest performances and master classes with Navy musicians. • Naval History and Heritage Command educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between New Mexico and the Navy. • U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team precision rifle drill demonstrations and engagements with local high school Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. units. • Navy Expeditionary Combat Command educational STEM presentations and fitness demonstrations by technicians, medics, and divers. • A U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command educational presentation on the importance of atmospheric and oceanographic science and the overall value of STEM education to the Navy. Though the primary focus of the week is to increase awareness of the sea-going service, recruiters will also be working the event, said Lt. Borrelli-Boudreau. For more detailed information and a calendar of events visit, Albuquerque-2022/.

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Stage Entertainment Highlights New Mexico’s Diverse Cultures By Barbara Armijo

For New Mexico State Fair goers who love live entertain-

ment, all stages at EXPO New Mexico will be bustling this year with local and regional musicians, dancers, and even poets representing the state’s diversity of cultures. Fair patrons should be ready to crisscross the fairgrounds to find action honoring Hispanic, Native, Western, and African American influences. “I’ve been to state fairs all over the country, and I always come back to New Mexico feeling like we honor and celebrate all of the diverse cultures in our state,” said EXPO New Mexico general manager Dan Mourning. “These various venues with stages and vendors are a tribute to New Mexico, and for two weeks during the New Mexico State Fair, nobody does it better than we do.” Mourning said that while each stage has unique qualities, there is a kind of symbiotic relationship among them such that fair patrons of any age, cultural background, or socio-economic status are likely to find something that interests them at each. From the working horno baking bread in the Indian Village and folklorico dancers in Villa Hispana, to gospel choirs at the African American Pavilion and karaoke on stage at the newly named Chevron Pavilion, there will be no shortage of entertainment at this year’s event. The Chevron Pavilion, in the center of the fairgrounds, features famous returning acts, such as Beatles tribute band Twist and Shout and the popular Karaoke Challenge contest, where the winner earns the chance to audition in front of executive producers from the TV reality singing show, American Idol. A new Pavilion act coming to the fair is Outlaw Mariachis from California. “They not only play some of the best mariachi music in the country, but they break out and can do a rock medley of Red Hot Chili Peppers songs,” Mourning said. “And once you buy a ticket to enter the fair, all the entertainment in the various venues is free. The reason we make sure our programming is top-notch is because New Mexicans deserve the best.” Take note that Tingley Coliseum tickets sold for concerts and rodeos include Fair admission. This year’s slate of concerts includes Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam, Mark Chesnutt, and the Brothers Osborne, which also come with a rodeo before each performance. There are also five nights of standalone rodeos. To purchase concert/rodeo tickets, visit: Tickets & Deals at For daily listings of performers at all the different villages and pavilions, visit: “We strive to put on the best two weeks of entertainment in the state for our patrons,” Mourning said. “Our programming allows you to embark on a journey of New Mexico’s cultural diversity and strong dedication to inclusivity. It’s really special. And we need this right now in America.”

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Here are some of the State Fair village and pavilion highlights for 2022: Villa Hispana Stage At Villa Hispana, the Spanish Village, the stage and surrounding grounds are filled daily with local dance groups, bands, and speakers. One of the main events at Villa Hispana is a day dedicated to Hispanic Heritage. This year, the day will be honored on September 15 and headlined with a native New Mexican musician coming home to help celebrate. Grammy-award winning conjunto band Los Texmaniacs, featuring Max Baca Jr. and his son Josh Baca, is the headliner on Hispanic Heritage Day. Conjunto refers to a vibrant mix of Mexican and Tejano music, often played by small musical ensembles according to Latin American musical tradition. Plans are for Los Texmaniacs to have some special guests with them on stage – country and Tejano superstars Rick Trevino and Flaco Jimenez. “This will be a homecoming of sorts for Max Baca and his son,” said Orlando Marquez, chairman of the New Mexico Hispanic Heritage Committee. “While they are our headliners, the Villa Hispana highlights some of New Mexico’s best entertainers, school groups, dancers and spoken word artists.” State Fair favorites Darren Cordova and Gonzalo also are set to perform at Villa Hispana on September 17 and 18, respectively. African American Pavilion The Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion is located at the south end of the historic, tree-lined Avenue of the Governors at EXPO New Mexico. The pavilion and its surroundings are dedicated to Hoppes, who was a longtime civil rights activist in the city, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 12 years, and president of the Albuquerque section of the National Council of Negro Women. She also worked to establish a state Office of African American Affairs. Unique to this pavilion is its large great room with high ceilings that lend the space to gallery hangings. In fact, this year the venue will feature school art exhibits, along with various pieces of African American local art on display. Additionally, the African American Pavilion features a raised stage with ample seating. Performers during the State Fair include singer/songwriter Chris Dracup and the popular local party dance band Fat City. There also will be soul tribute bands and local dance groups performing. Western Heritage at Chevron Pavilion The best in cowboy culture will be showcased at the first ever Western Heritage Day at the State Fair on September 15, when national, regional, and local musicians, dancers, and poets take the stage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Main Pavilion is the largest stage at the fair and is located smack dab in the middle of the EXPO grounds. “Western culture has always been present at the State Fair,” said Dennis Russell, president of the New Mexico Chapter of the International Western Heritage Association. “This year, we (continued on Page 25)

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STAGES SCHEDULE VILLA HISPANA Thursday, September 8th 1:00pm Tino’s Band 2:15pm Good Tymes Band 5:45pm Una Mas y La Cha Cha 7:30pm Legacy Band of Santa Fe Friday, September 9th 4:15pm Piñata Protest 5:30pm Ballet Folklorica del Valle 6:30pm Gilbert & Esmeralda & The All-Star Band 8:30pm Power Drive USA Saturday, September 10th 11:00am Ballet Folklorico Santa Fe 12:15pm Gavriella Salazar 1:30pm Rose Elva & The Crew 4:00pm Grupo Divino 5:15pm The Dave Maestas Band 6:30pm Black Pearl Band 8:00pm Ballet Folklorico Santa Fe 8:30pm Severo Y Grupo Fuego Sunday, September 11 12:15pm Legacy Band of Santa Fe 2:45pm Ana Maria y Sangre Latino 4:00pm Cuarenta y Cinco 5:45pm Sangre Joven 7:30pm Peter Vigil Monday, September 12th 2:00pm Chile Bean Express 4:30pm Las Bailarinas de Oro 24

5:45pm Tino’s Band 7:30pm DeLuz Tuesday, September 13th 4:00pm Good Tymes Band 5:45pm Northern Revolution 7:30pm Rose Elva & The Crew Wednesday, September 14 4:00pm Luisa Gaytan 5:45pm Rhythm Divine 7:30pm Paul Pino & The Tone Daddies Thursday, September 15th 5:45pm DeLuz 7:30pm Grupo Divino Friday, September 16th Hispanic Heritage Day Saturday, September 17th 1:00pm Chile Bean Express 2:15pm The Dave Maestas Band 4:15pm Antonio Reyna con Mariachi Plata 5:30pm Ballet Folklorico del Valle 6:30pm Darren Cordova y Calor 8:30pm Mark Rendon 7 Deztino Sunday, September 18 1:00pm Una Mas y La Cha Cha 2:15pm Los Tapatinos w/ Ballet en Fuego 3:30pm Gonzalo 5:15pm Power Drive USA | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron

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in Christ 8:15pm – 9:00pm Reggae Group Monday, September 12th Thursday, September 8th 5:00pm – 6:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm Amaya Wise Women Gypsy Oscar Butler Dancers 6:15pm – 7:15pm 6:15pm – 7:15pm Animated Jukebox Calvin Appleberry & Trio 7:30pm – 8:45pm 7:30pm – 8:45pm Brenda Hollingworth Marley Sapphire Band


Friday, September 9th 5:00pm – 6:00pm Bodies in Motion 6:15pm – 7:15pm Sapphire Band 7:30pm – 8:30pm Ryan Montaño 9:00pm – 9:45pm Ryan Montaño

Tuesday, September 13th 5:00pm – 6:00pm Youth Jazz Collaborative 6:15pm – 7:15pm DeWave and Friends 7:30pm – 8:45pm Black Smoke Band Wednesday, September 14 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dance Divas 6:15pm – 7:15pm Wamba Band 7:30pm – 8:45pm Brenda Hollingsworth Marley

Saturday, September 10th 11:30am – 12:30pm Ballet En Fuego 12:45pm – 1:45pm Los Tapatios 2:00pm – 3:00pm Black Smoke Thursday, September 15th 3:15pm – 4:15pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm Gershon Brothers Dajerney 4:30pm – 5:30pm 6:15pm – 7:15pm Abe Torres Jay Scribe 5:45pm – 6:45pm 7:30pm – 8:45pm Rodney Bowe Raven and the Sweet Potato 7:00pm – 8:00pm Band Tracey Whitney 8:15pm – 10:00pm Friday, September 16th Legacy 5:00pm – 6:00pm Amaya Wise Women Gypsy Sunday, September 11th Dancers 1:00pm – 2:00pm 6:15pm – 7:15pm Entourage Jazz Kapaya Martin 2:15pm – 3:15pm 7:30pm – 8:30pm NM Mass Choir Chris Dracup 3:30pm – 4:30pm 8:45pm – 9:45pm Diane Bethany Tracey Whitney 4:45pm – 5:45pm Kingdom Remix Saturday, September 17th Youth Choir 11:00am – 12:00pm 6:00pm – 7:00pm Explosive Dance AFC 12:15pm – 1:15pm 7:15pm – 8:00pm Arthea Meadows Metro Church of God 1:30pm – 2:30pm (continued on next page)



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Sensational Highway 3:30pm – 4:30pm Petting Farm Location: Box Car Lawn Singers Diane Bethany 2:45pm – 3:45pm 4:45pm – 5:45pm Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Abe Torres New Beginnings 4:00pm – 5:00pm 6:00pm – 7:00pm Pony Rides Ron Crowder New Hope Location: Box Car Lawn 5:15pm – 6:15pm 7:15pm – 8:15pm Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Rodney Bowe Shiloh Inspirational Choir 6:30pm – 7:30pm 8:30pm – 9:45pm Lorikeets Encounter Toni Morgan Raven and the Sweet Location: Main Street 7:45p – 8:45pm Potato Band Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fat City Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm 9:15pm – 10:00pm INDIAN VILLAGE MindWorks! Fat City Please check the State Fair Location: Lujan B website for a full schedule Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Sunday, September 18th of Indian Village events Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm 1:00pm – 2:00pm and demonstrations at Sir Loin-The Mechanical Bull Gary Allison Location: Creative Arts Lot 2:15pm – 3:15pm Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Sons of Shiloh Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

Giant Snake Educational Experience Location: Creative Arts Lot Sun – Thurs: 10:00am9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Axe Throw Zone, Archery, and Giant Horse Shoes Location: Creative Arts Lot Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm UNM Truman Health Services- HIV & HEP C Testing Location: Box Car Lawn Daily: 10:00am-8:00pm Out at the Fair Location: Pavilion Stage Sunday, September 11, 2022- 10:30am-9:00pm

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Stage Entertainment Highlights New Mexico’s Diverse Cultures Continued from Page 20 get our own special day to show off a little of what makes us different. We are not Garth Brooks, but we are people who love cowboy culture and what makes it special.” Russell himself is one of the poets scheduled to perform on September 15. “We tell stories about how we came to be, about cowboy life on the trail, and some of it is even true,” Russell said with a chuckle. “If you love a good western song and love the romantic life of cowboys, you will be entertained whether you are a cowboy or not.” Indian Village Stage The stage inside the Indian Village will welcome fair favorite Aztec Dancers & Totonac Pole Flyers from Mexico back to the New Mexico State Fair. Their performance of an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual is a thrill to behold. Believed to have originated with indigenous people in central Mexico, before spreading throughout most of Mesoamerica, the ritual consists of dance and the climbing of

a pole that’s nearly 100 feet tall, from which the performers launch themselves to the ground tethered only with rope. A flute and drum player provides music from the top of the pole throughout the scene. It’s a performance that New Mexicans should welcome not only for the entertainment value but also because legend has it that the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought. Boye Ladd, Indian Village entertainment coordinator, said entertainment for the village will be culturally stunning, beautifully orchestrated and varied – as fairgoers have come to expect. “From the drummers to the dancers and bands, there will be something for everyone who loves the Native American cultures,” Ladd said. “We have young groups that are making a name for themselves and dance groups that have been showcasing their culture for decades. Some of these dances are hundreds of years old.” 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron



Fair Adds Cannabis to Exhibit Lineup By Mary Ann Hatchitt

For the first time in anyone’s memory or in researchable

history, the New Mexico State Fair will feature a cannabisfocused exhibit for patrons 21 and older this September. “Discovering Cannabis” is designed to explain marijuana from seed to consumption and everything in between. Recreational cannabis sales became legal in New Mexico on April 1. The law allows any person 21 or older to legally grow six mature plants and six seedlings, with a maximum of 12 mature plants per household. The event includes a section about how to grow your own marijuana plants, along with information about how to use cannabis safely, and how to educate yourself on its properties. Individuals age 18 and over with a medical marijuana card will also be allowed inside the exhibit. “New Mexico is the first state to allow adults to grow up to six plants per person,” said exhibit organizer Michael Silverman. “This exhibit is like Cannabis 101, a primer to educate people about cannabis and its properties and destigmatize this new and vital industry in New Mexico.” Discovering Cannabis will give people an idea for what to expect upon visiting a dispensary, explaining some commonly used industry acronyms and what some of the scientific compounds mean, Silverman said. For anyone who takes exception to the Fair’s embrace of an exhibition highlighting the once illegal substance, event organizers are reminding residents that agriculture is the true mission of state fairs nationwide. State fairs started proliferating in the 19th century for the sole purpose of promoting state agriculture through competitive exhibitions. “We always like to showcase new industries in New Mexico,” said State Fair general manager Dan Mourning. “It is part of the Fair’s mission. It is what fairs were based on, to highlight new industries.” For example, he said, “Craft beer is a $330 million industry (in New Mexico), just since 2015. We are the only state fair in the country that has highlighted this industry with a State Fair-branded brew, and last year, we added a State Fair cocktail.” Just to be clear, there will be no cannabis or cannabis products on site, and no cannabis or cannabis product consumption will be allowed on EXPO New Mexico property during the Fair. Silverman says there will be multiple local sponsors of the exhibit and about 10 cannabis businesses represented. With nearly a decade of experience in the cannabis industry in New Mexico and Colorado, Silverman is collaborating with local growers and dispensers and local entrepreneur Rhys Harper to design the exhibition, which will consist primarily of stunning extreme close-up photographs. From information on seeds to mature plants, the Discovering Cannabis exhibit will cover germination, the best soils to use, options for growing indoors vs. outdoors, supplements 26 | 2021 NM State Fair presented by Pattern Energy

that are available to enhance growth, how to tell male from female plants, and how to know when a plant is ready for harvest. (Fun fact: Male plants produce a plethora of seeds, and, in proximity to a female plant, can ruin the female plant’s yield.) In short, it will provide “basic educational information in pieces that would allow any user to go home and grow their own,” Silverman said. There will be a best practices segment for do-it-yourself growers, offering tips about how to grow safely and responsibly, as well as discussing the liability that a person assumes when they choose to grow. The exhibit will also review the various ways to consume cannabis - via smoke, dab, vape, drinkables, edibles, topicals, transdermal, and even suppositories for cancer patients. It will explore the physiology of cannabis and how it affects the body; the differences and benefits of differing methods of consumption; how to safely and responsibly lock down and store your edibles; and how to educate children about the dangers of edibles. Indeed, the science of cannabis has come a long way, and as a result, cannabis myths abound. This exhibit will shed light on what is fact and what is fiction. “It is not just about getting high,” Silverman said. “Cannabis is medicine with amazing healing properties we are only beginning to fully employ.” Folks who think they understand cannabis because they know the difference between sativa, indica and hybrid, have more to learn. “Legalizing recreational cannabis in New Mexico has created a lot of questions for people. This is our first educational exhibit aimed at informing the public and helping eliminate the stigmas of cannabis use,” Mourning said. “We hope that the New Mexico State Fair cannabis education program will help fight the illegal market and encourage licensure for marijuana growers and sellers.”

Chevron Pavilion Thursday, September 8th 10:30am Special Needs Orchestra 12:00pm Unique Foods Competition 1:00pm Ravin Hills 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:00pm Nathaniel Kurtz 5:00pm JD Nash & Rash of Cash 7:00pm Stratus Phear Friday, September 9th 10:00am Underground Cadence 12:00pm Brian Marshall Duo 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:00pm El Brujo Trio 5:00pm Smooth 7:00pm Pinata Protest 9:00pm Ryan Painter & the Risistors Saturday, September 10th 10:00am 5Deep 11:30am Bandelier Jump Rope Team 12:00pm The Uz Band 1:30pm Bandelier Jump Rope Team 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:15pm

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Los Anayas de Santa Fe 5:00pm Bardo Trujillo 7:00pm Grupo Divino 9:00pm Brian Marshall Romero Sunday, September 11th 11:00am Out at the Fair celebration all day Monday, September 12th 12:00pm Jude-House Rock-Tribute to Elvis 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:00pm Grant & Randy Two Man Band 5:00pm Alchemie 7:00pm -10:00pm & 10:00pm Karaoke Tuesday, September 13th 10:00am Military Day – programming dedicated to honoring our country’s Armed Forces 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 5:00pm RavinHills 7:00pm-10:00pm & 10:00pm Karaoke 10:00pm-11:30pm Third Degree

Wednesday, September 14th 11:30am NMSU’s “Proud Pete” 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 4:00pm Daniel Rivera 5:00pm Nosotros 7:00pm Outlaw Mariachis Thursday, September 15th Western Heritage Day 10:00am Deanna Dickenson McCall – Cowboy Poet 10:30am Grace Clark – Western Songster 11:30am Dennis Russell – Cowboy Poet 12:00am Independence Creek – Folk & Bluegrass 12:30pm Redwing Russellers – Singers/Songwriters 1:30pm Jack George – Cowboy Poet 2:00pm Kacey & Jenna Thunborg – Folk & Western 3:00pm Valerie Beard – Cowboy Poet 3:30pm Doug Figgs – Western Singer/Songwriter 4:30pm Floyd Beard – Cowboy Poet 5:00pm Jim Jones – Western Singer/Songwriter

Friday, September 16th 12:00pm Twist & Shout 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:00pm Night Moves 5:00pm Nathaniel Krantz 6:30pm Black Pearl Band NM 8:15pm Alter Apex 9:30pm Savannah Rae (9:30-11:30) Saturday, September 17th 10:30am The Chachalacas 12:00pm Twist and Shout 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:15pm High Desert Jazz Band 5:00pm Hartless 7:00pm Vakenn 9:00pm Austin Van (9:00-11:30pm) Sunday, September 18 10:00am Marimba Anaya 11:00am Rio Grande Symphonic Band 12:45pm Bad Habit & the Enablers 2:00pm Salsa Steel Drum Band 3:15pm Twist and Shout

FOOD CONTESTS Friday, September 9th Saturday, September 10th Sunday, September 11th Monday, September 12th Tuesday, September 13th Wednesday, September 14th Thursday, September 15th Friday, September 16th Saturday, September 17th Sunday, September 18th

Bread Contest Sewing Style Show Candy Contest Cookie Contest Chile Contest International Cuisine Contest Cake Contest Cake Decorating & Gingerbread House Contest Junior Baking Contest Pie Contest

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home & creative arts events

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HOME ARTS EVENTS September 9th Bread Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 15th Cake Contest 1:30pm Judging

CREATIVE ARTS EVENTS September 8th-18th Calligraphy 10:00am Daily

September 10th September 16th September 8th-18th Opening Day Sewing Leathercraft Cake Decorating Contest Style Show 2:00pm 10:00am Daily 1:30pm Judging September 11th Candy Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 16th September 8th-18th Gingerbread House Contest Woodcarvers 1:30pm Judging 10:00am Daily

September 12th Cookie Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 17th Junior Baking Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 11th Square Dancers 11:30am – 1:30pm

September 13th Chile Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 18th Pie Contest 1:30pm Judging

September 12th Drop Stitch Knitters 10:00am – 2:00pm What’s My Coin Worth 10:00am What to do with Grandpa’s coins? 1pm

September 14th International Cuisine Contest 1:30pm Judging

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September 13th Rubberstamping 12:00pm – 3:00pm September 14th Rubberstamping 12:00pm – 3:00pm What’s My Coin Worth? 10:00am What to do with Grandpa’s coins? 1pm September 18th Square Dancers 11:30pm – 1:30pm

UNIQUE FOODS CONTEST Item: Bacon Green Chile Corn Dog

• Item Description: We start with a foot long all beef hot dog, wrap it in bacon, then hand dip it in a batter infused with Hatch green chile, and deep fry it to a perfect golden crisp. • Concessionaire Information: o The Boss o This is Mike Howell’s first year as owner of Action Foods but his 17th year operating at our Fair. o Located: In the Food Court.

Item: Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie

• Item Description: A tart, yet sweet, slice of double crusted pie filled with rhubarb and red raspberries. • Concessionaire Information: o Asbury Pie o This is Asbury’s United Methodist Church 61st year. o Located: Next to the Hispanic Arts Gallery

Item: Peanut Butter Carmel Apple Avalanche

• Item Description: Cored and sliced granny smith apple covered in homemade caramel sauce with a scoop of creamy peanut butter, chocolatey tiger butter, sprinkled with chocolate crisp rice cereal bites, and finally topped with mini peanut butter cups. • Concessionaire Information: o Sugar Mama’s Sugar Shack o This is Valerie Clark’s 5th year. o Located: In Lujan B

Item: Pueblo Meat Pie

• Item Description: Handmade dough stuffed with a savory meat mixture then deep fried to a golden brown and served with red or green chile. • Concessionaire Information: o Native Cafe o This is Gil Stewarts 11th year. o Located: In the Indian Village.

Item: Deep Fried Green Chile Cheese Steak Sandwich

• Item Description: Thin sliced beef with roasted green chile, caramelized onions, and sweet bell peppers in a hoagie bun with melted swiss cheese expertly deep fried in Quesada’s own special batter. • Concessionaire Information: o Quesadas New Mexico Food o This is Mike Quesada’s 21st year. o Located: In the Food Court

Times subject to change.

Item: Unicorn Fart

• Item Description: A non-conventional sundae derived from fruity and sweet layers of rainbow ice and cotton candy Dippin Dots piled high with fresh swirls of whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a sparkling strawberry cake unicorn horn. It’s so magical you won’t believe it’s real! • Concessionaire Information: o Dippin Dots o This is Ron Whitings 3rd year. o Located: Next to Asbury Cafe.

Item: New Mexico Green Chile Peanut Brittle

• Item Description: This is a yummy melt in your mouth Green Chile Peanut Brittle! We blend New Mexico green chile with an old time brittle recipe to create a unique and delicious crisp peanut brittle with a spicy twist. • Concessionaire Information: o Cowboy Nut Shoppe o This is Donna Hernandez 8th year. o Located: On Heritage Ave in front of the Flower Bldg.

Item: 911 Pizza

• Item Description: A twist on traditional pizza. We take a pizza shell, smother it in buffalo hot sauce, top it with gooey cheese, a generous amount of Hatch green chile, and finally jalapenos. You’ll need to call 911 after a bite of this! • Concessionaire Information: o Piggy’s Pizza o This is Mike Howell’s first year as owner of Action Foods but his 17th year operating at our Fair. o Located: On the NW corner of Main Street & Heritage Ave

NMDA State Fair Schedule of Events Reds, Whites & Brews Happy Hours: September 9th - 10th & 16th - 17th, 3:00pm-8:00pm Live Music 5:00pm-8:00pm

Battle of the Salsas:

Saturday, September 10th, Begins at 1:00pm

NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER CHALLENGE Blind judging will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 12 in the Agriculture Building Courtyard. People’s Choice will begin at 1:30 p.m. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Sparky’s Burgers & BBQ - Espresso …………………… Hatch Oak Tree Café ……………………………………………………… ABQ Big Mike’s Burgers ………………………………….…………… Belen Starr Brothers Brewing …………………………..……………. ABQ Anaheim Jacks …………………………………………….………. Ruidoso Lava Rock Brewing Co …………………………….….……….. ABQ Meateor Burgers …………………………………………………. ABQ Slate Street Billiards …………………………………………... Rio Rancho 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron



floriculture shows September 7th

September 17th

September 9th

Presentation: Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms at Home

September 10th

Where: Floriculture Building When: Sept. 9th & Sept. 16th Times on both days: 2pm & 4pm

First Flower Show Second Flower Show

First Youth Flower Show September 12th

Second Youth Flower Show

Third Flower Show September 15th

Fourth Flower Show

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