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INDEX Photo credit to Nathaniel Paolinelli for all fair photography. 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 2 02 2 New Mexico State Fair - General Information - September 8 - 18, 2022 FAIR HOURS: Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults (age 12-64): $15 Seniors (age 65 & up): $8 Children (age 6 – 11): $8 Children 5 & under: FREE PARKING: Check website for pricing. BIKE VALET: Free Bike Valet: 10:00am – 9:00pm daily Located just south of Villa Hispana (via Gate 4, enter from San Pedro between Copper & Lomas) MIDWAY HOURS: Monday – Friday: Open at 2:00pm Saturdays & Sundays: Open at 10:00am WHEELCHAIR AND STROLLER RENTALS: 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. 32022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron |


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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. | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron4


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! truly, D an

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.


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Thursday, September 8th Law Enforcement Day Friday, September 9th Fire-Fighters / Smokey Bear Day / Red Ribbon Relay Saturday, September 10th Parade Day, Classic VWs, Classic Jaguars, Mopars on the Midway, Classic Mustangs Sunday, September 11th 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

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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 “It’spractices.anhonor 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.”


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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 “Thislocation.year, all eyes will be on us,” Mourning said. 6:44 AM

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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 WhileCanada.thetour 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 “Inclusiveproduce.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 ThoseMexico.”likeMourning, 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.


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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.”

A similarly rigorous evening routine also occurs daily. In all, the teens estimate they dedicate 35-40 hours a week on livestock “Theycare. work pretty hard year-round,” said mom Sheila Stephenson. “It never stops.”

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.

“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.

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.

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.

“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 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.”

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.

“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.”

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.

State Fair Welcomes Return of Popular Junior Livestock Show | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron8 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tristansaid.

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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.

“Every time we uncover dirt, we do a lot of praying,” Mourning said. “This is a 1938 property, and the infrastructure and needs for utilities have changed significantly in the past 84 Mourningyears.” said the response from concessionaires has been forQuesadossupportive.overwhelminglyNewMexican,example,hasbeenafood

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. “

“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 Theeverybody.”FoodCourt 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.

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.

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.” | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron10

Renovations to Concession Area Create First True Food Court at State Fair

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.”

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.

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.

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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.” to change. Tingley

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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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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.” 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. 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.

September 8th 9:00am – 11:00am New Mexico Horse Rescue Demonstrations & Meet The Horses 12:00pm – 6:00pm Arabian Horse Association Of New Mexico Riding & Clinics

September 12th 9:00am - 6:00pm Mule & Donkey Show | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron14

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

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 Daily:Lawn11:15am, 2:15pm, 3:45pm, Sat.Additional5:15pmshows–Sun.:6:45pm

Monkey Hut Location: West Heritage SunStreet–Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

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

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Science Girl’s Lab Location: Main Street Stage Daily: 11:15am, 1:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm

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The Strolling Piano Location: Strolling Act Daily: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm

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

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Delve into the history of the Native Americans who lived in the area, as well as the railroad, La Luz pottery, and ranching. | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron16 Vacation 2022: Destination Alamogordo!

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. 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.

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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 whole some 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 unusu al name translates to “fat cottonwood” – ‘alamo’ meaning cottonwood and ‘gordo’ meaning fat.

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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. 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. 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. Larger than life.

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.”

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.

• 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.

• Navy Band Southwest performances and master classes with Navy musicians.

“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.”

• Navy Expeditionary Combat Command educational STEM presentations and fitness demonstrations by technicians, medics, and divers.

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.

Navy Week demonstrations, performances, and engagements planned on the fairgrounds include:

For more detailed information and a calendar of Albuquerque-2022/.visit,

New Mexico State Fair to Host Navy Week

“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.” | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron18

• Namesake Sailors – A visit with sailors serving on USS New Mexico (SSN 779), a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine.

• U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team precision rifle drill demonstrations and engagements with local high school Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. units.

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.

• Naval History and Heritage Command educational presentations and lesson plans about the deep ties between New Mexico and the Navy.

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.

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.

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.

• 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.

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.

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“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 Mourningdo.”said

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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 Torodeos.purchase concert/rodeo tickets, visit: Tickets & Deals at of performers at all the different villages and pavilions, visit:

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.

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

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 rep resenting 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.

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“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.” 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.

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.

Western Heritage at Chevron Pavilion

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.”

State Fair favorites Darren Cordova and Gonzalo also are set to perform at Villa Hispana on September 17 and 18, respectively.

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.” | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron22 Aimbridge AlbuquerqueHospitalityMarriott Uptown American Home Furniture B & R Disc-ItDairyCordovaCoca-ColaChevronCanoCabela’sbeBigBaptistConstructionConventionRStoreswellnmHealthConstructionMax The New Mexico State Fair Would Like To Thank Our Valued Sponsors: Document Solutions Downs of Albuquerque Fogo De Chao Hispanic Heritage Committee Houston Wholesale Cars Johnny Boards Just PGPatternPaceNMNativeMelloyJustinSqueezedBrandsNissanCaféSyntheticTurfAudioEnergyEnterprises Albuquerque Journal American General Media • KIOT – Coyote 102.5 • KABG – Big 98.5 • KKSS – 97.3 Kiss FM • KLVO – Radio Lobo • KKRG – Mix 105.1 • KJFA – Fuego 102.9 Cumulus•KRST – 92.3 • KMGA – Magic 99.9 • KDRF – 103.3 ED FM • KKOB FM – 93.3 Premier Distributing Premier Photography Ram RoadRodeoShow Promotions Southwest Safety Sponsor Source Starline Printing Sysco UNMU.S.T-MobileFoodsArmyTruman Health Services ZiaWranglerGraphics Entravision•Univision Nuevo Mexico • Uni Mas Nuevo Mexico • KRZY – La Suavecita 105.9 iHeart Media • KPEK – 100.3 The Peak • KZRR – 94 Rock • KBQI – Big 107.9 • KBQI HD – 98.1 The Bull • KTEG – 104.7 The Edge KANW New Mexico Public Media MoonMy50CWFoxKRQEKOBKOATNMTVDog Publishing 2022 Media Partners 2022 New Mexico State Fair Sponsors NMSF Sponsors Ad.indd 1 8/10/22 9:33 AM

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Ballet5:30pmPiñata4:15pmProtestFolklorica del Valle Gilbert6:30pm& Esmeralda & The All-Star Band Power8:30pmDrive USA Saturday, September 10th

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– 6:00pm Bodies in Motion 6:15pm – 7:15pm Sapphire Band 7:30pm – 8:30pm Ryan Ryan9:00pmMontaño–9:45pmMontaño Saturday, September 10th 11:30am – 12:30pm Ballet En Fuego 12:45pm – 1:45pm Los Legacy8:15pmTracey7:00pmRodney5:45pmAbe4:30pmGershon3:15pmBlack2:00pmTapatios–3:00pmSmoke–4:15pmBrothers–5:30pmTorres–6:45pmBowe–8:00pmWhitney–10:00pm Sunday, September 11th 1:00pm –Metro7:15pmAFC6:00pmYouthKingdom4:45pmDiane3:30pmNM2:15pmEntourage2:00pmJazz–3:15pmMassChoir–4:30pmBethany–5:45pmRemixChoir–7:00pm–8:00pmChurchofGod in 8:15pmChrist– 9:00pm Reggae Group Monday, September 12th 5:00pm – 6:00pm Amaya Wise Women Gypsy 6:15pmDancers– 7:15pm Calvin Appleberry & Trio 7:30pm – 8:45pm Sapphire Band 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 Brenda7:30pmWamba6:15pmDivas–7:15pmBand–8:45pmHollingsworth Marley Thursday, September 15th 5:00pm – 6:00pm 6:15pmDajerney– 7:15pm Jay Raven7:30pmScribe–8:45pmandtheSweet Potato Band Friday, September 16th 5:00pm – 6:00pm Amaya Wise Women Gypsy 6:15pmDancers– 7:15pm Kapaya Martin 7:30pm – 8:30pm Chris Tracey8:45pmDracup–9:45pmWhitney Saturday, September 17th 11:00am – 12:00pm Explosive Dance 12:15pm – 1:15pm Arthea Meadows 1:30pm – 2:30pm Times & schedule subject to change. STAGES SCHEDULE

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Lorikeets Encounter Location: Main Street Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

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Petting Farm Location: Box Car Lawn Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Pony Rides Location: Box Car Lawn Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

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MindWorks! Location: Lujan B Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Sir Loin-The Mechanical Bull Location: Creative Arts Lot Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

Giant Snake Educational Experience Location: Creative Arts Lot Sun – Thurs: 10:00amFri9:00pm–Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm Axe Throw Zone, Archery, and Giant Horse Shoes

Sensational Highway 2:45pmSingers – 3:45pm Abe Fat9:15pmFat7:45pToni6:30pmRodney5:15pmRon4:00pmTorres–5:00pmCrowder–6:15pmBowe–7:30pmMorgan–8:45pmCity–10:00pmCity

Sunday, September 18th 1:00pm – 2:00pm Gary Sons2:15pmAllison–3:15pmofShiloh 3:30pm – 4:30pm Diane Shiloh7:15pmNew6:00pmNew4:45pmBethany–5:45pmBeginnings–7:00pmHope–8:15pmInspirational Choir 8:30pm – 9:45pm

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.

Location: Creative Arts Lot Sun – Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm Fri – Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm

INDIAN VILLAGE Please check the State Fair website for a full schedule of Indian Village events and demonstrations at 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.”

Location:Testing Box Car Lawn Daily: 10:00am-8:00pm Out at the Fair Location: Pavilion Stage Sunday, September 11, 2022- 10:30am-9:00pm

Boye Ladd, Indian Village entertainment coordinator, said entertainment for the village will be culturally stunning, beautifully orchestrated and varied – as fairgoers have come to “Fromexpect.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.”

Folks who think they understand cannabis because they know the difference between sativa, indica and hybrid, have more to “Legalizinglearn.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.”

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.

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 Justcocktail.”tobe 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.

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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.”

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.”

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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 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.

“Discovering Cannabis” is designed to explain marijuana from seed to consumption and everything in between.

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.”


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Wednesday, September 14th NMSU’s11:30am “Proud Pete” Salsa2:00pmSteel Drum Band Outlaw7:00pmNosotros5:00pmDaniel4:00pmRiveraMariachis Thursday, September 15th Western Heritage Day Deanna10:00amDickenson McCall – Cowboy Poet Grace10:30amClark – Western Dennis11:30amSongsterRussell – Cowboy Poet Independence12:00am Creek – Folk & Bluegrass Redwing12:30pm Russellers Jack1:30pmSingers/Songwriters–George–Cowboy Poet Kacey2:00pm& Jenna Thunborg –Folk & Valerie3:00pmWesternBeard–Cowboy Poet Doug3:30pmFiggs –Floyd4:30pmSinger/SongwriterWesternBeard–Cowboy Poet Jim5:00pmJones –Singer/SongwriterWestern Friday, September 16th Salsa2:00pmTwist12:00pm&ShoutSteelDrum Band Black6:30pmNathaniel5:00pmNight3:00pmMovesKrantzPearlBand NM Savannah9:30pmAlter8:15pmApexRae (9:30-11:30) Saturday, September 17th

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Band High3:15pmDesert Jazz Band Austin9:00pmVakenn7:00pmHartless5:00pmVan

September 8th-18th 10:00amCalligraphyDaily September 8th-18th 10:00amLeathercraftDaily September 8th-18th 10:00amWoodcarversDaily September 11th Square 11:30amDancers–1:30pm September 12th Drop Stitch Knitters 10:00am – 2:00pm What’s My Coin Worth What10:00amtodo with Grandpa’s 1pmcoins? September 13th 12:00pmRubberstamping–3:00pm September 14th 1pmcoins?What10:00amWhat’s12:00pmRubberstamping–3:00pmMyCoinWorth?todowithGrandpa’s September 18th Square 11:30pmDancers–1:30pm CREATIVE ARTS EVENTS | 2021 NM State Fair presented by Pattern Energy28 September 9th Bread 1:30pmContestJudging September 10th Opening Day Sewing Style Show 2:00pm September 11th Candy 1:30pmContestJudging September 12th Cookie Contest 1:30pm Judging September 13th Chile 1:30pmContestJudging September 14th International Cuisine 1:30pmContest Judging September 15th Cake 1:30pmContestJudging September 16th Cake Decorating Contest 1:30pm Judging September 16th Gingerbread House Contest 1:30pm Judging September 17th Junior Baking Contest 1:30pm Judging September 18th Pie 1:30pmContestJudging Times & schedule subject to change. HOME ARTS EVENTS home & creative arts events

Action Foods but his 17th year operating at our Fair. o Located: On the NW corner of Main Street & Heritage Ave Reds, Whites & Brews Happy Hours: September 9th - 10th & 16th - 17th, Live3:00pm-8:00pmMusic5:00pm-8:00pm Battle of the Salsas: Saturday, September 10th, Begins at 1:00pm 292022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron | 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. Sparky’s Burgers & BBQ - Espresso …………………… Hatch 2. Oak Tree Café ……………………………………………………… ABQ 3. Big Mike’s Burgers ………………………………….…………… Belen 4. Starr Brothers Brewing …………………………..……………. ABQ 5. Anaheim Jacks …………………………………………….………. Ruidoso 6. Lava Rock Brewing Co …………………………….….……….. ABQ 7. Meateor Burgers …………………………………………………. ABQ 8. Slate Street Billiards …………………………………………... Rio Rancho NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER CHALLENGE NMDA State Fair Schedule of Events UNIQUE FOODS CONTEST Times subject to change.

• Concessionaire Information: o Asbury Pie o This is Asbury’s United Methodist Church 61st year.

o Located: In Lujan B Item: Pueblo Meat Pie

• 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.

Item: New Mexico Green Chile Peanut Brittle

• Item Description: Handmade dough stuffed with a savory meat mixture then deep fried to a golden brown and served with red or green chile.

Item: Unicorn Fart

• Concessionaire Information: o Sugar Mama’s Sugar Shack o This is Valerie Clark’s 5th year.

o Located: Next to Asbury Cafe.

• 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.

o Located: In the Food Court

• 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.

• 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 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 Description: A tart, yet sweet, slice of double crusted pie filled with rhubarb and red raspberries.

o Located: Next to the Hispanic Arts Gallery

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 This is Mike Howell’s first year as owner of

• Concessionaire Information: o Native Cafe o This is Gil Stewarts 11th year. o Located: In the Indian Village.

• 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.

Item: Bacon Green Chile Corn Dog

Item: Peanut Butter Carmel Apple Avalanche

• Concessionaire Information: o Quesadas New Mexico Food o This is Mike Quesada’s 21st year.

• Concessionaire Information: o Dippin Dots o This is Ron Whitings 3rd year.

Item: Deep Fried Green Chile Cheese Steak Sandwich


• 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: Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie

September 7th First Flower Show September 9th Second Flower Show September 10th First Youth Flower Show September 12th Third Flower Show September 15th Fourth Flower Show September 17th Second Youth Flower Show Presentation: Cultivating Oyster Mushrooms at Home Where: Floriculture Building When: Sept. 9th & Sept. 16th Times on both days: 2pm & 4pm | 2022 NM State Fair presented by Chevron30 floriculture shows

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