Get roped into the county fair

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Annual event plays an important role in the Los Alamos community

By Kirsten Laskey

There is a calmness and quiet at Brewer Arena on North Mesa. The stands are empty and there is no activity at the arena. This weekend, however, it will be an entirely different scene.

Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo will have the stands packed and the arena bustling.

The annual event will get rolling with check-in for fair exhibits from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

Paula Roybal-Sanchez, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension home economist, said about 100 people have pre-registered so far. Usually, she said, between 400-600 exhibits are showcased during the fair.

There are 11 categories, Roybal-Sanchez said. They include baked products, preserved foods, clothing, knitting, crocheting, needlework, quilts, fine arts, hobbies, crafts and horticulture. There is also a 4-H division.  

The fair plays an important role in community, Roybal-Sanchez said.

“I think county fairs have been a tradition,” she said.

“It’s been a community-wide event where people have the opportunity to show their talents and it is deeply rooted in our culture. The whole county fair is an experience where people bring in their various food or crafts and arts and show them to their neighbors.”

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