New Mexico State Fair kicks off at Expo New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – After a year of restrictions and closures in New Mexico, including the cancellation of the State Fair, the annual state get-together is back.

The NM State Fair begins September 9 at 10 a.m. and ends September 19 at 9 p.m. The State Fair will feature many of the same events as before, including rides, food vendors, performers and areas to see and pet animals, among other attractions.

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Ticket deals are available for the State Fair and admission on opening day is only $2. Although the livestock exhibit is canceled for this year, there will be other animal exhibits, including a petting exhibit and therapy dogs at the fair.

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Another attraction is GASCAR, or the Great American Speedway Crazy Animal Races. The title, a pun on NASCAR, refers to the goat NASCAR races its owner, Great American Entertainment Co., brings to fairs across the country.

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If you plan on attending, remember to present proof of vaccination or exemption from vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. There will also be other precautionary COVID-19 measures in place for the fair, including extra hand-washing stations.

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For more information on the New Mexico State Fair, visit the fair’s website.