Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo set to kick-off

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As the month of August begins to take full swing, the annual Los Alamos County Fair is quickly approaching. The event is set for today through Sunday, with the theme “100+ Years of Homesteading.”
Following the theme choice, Los Alamos Homestead families have been named Grand Marshal to the 2013 fair. The original Los Alamos was home to 17 homestead families, who lived on the site before the nuclear-era emerged. In 1942, when the army chose Los Alamos as their secret nuclear power development location, original residents were evicted in order to make room for the incoming scientists and their families.
However, the homesteaders stuck around in the area, and their decedents still have strong ties within the Los Alamos community. A tribute to these families will be brought via the Homestead Tour, which highlights 17 homesteads noted on historical markers located in seven areas across town.
These areas are: Fuller Lodge Historic District, Sullivan Field Parking Lot, Urban Park, Los Alamos Golf Course, Guaje Pines Cemetery, North Mesa Tennis Courts, and the Deer Trap Trailhead on Barranca Mesa. Maps for this self-guided tour are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
The most prominent homestead remnant on the Pajarito Plateau is the 100-year old Romero Cabin, located in the Fuller Lodge Historic District. The cabin was restored and furnished in 2010 after being removed from its original location, because it was based on laboratory property. It introduces visitors to the Los Alamos way of life in the 1930’s.
Alongside the original Los Alamos homesteaders, another important group of guests is the Los Alamos Rodeo Queen’s Court, led by the 2013 Rodeo Queen, Rachel Larson. Larson, 17, is an upcoming senior at Los Alamos High School. After graduating, she is planning to attend New Mexico State University and major in physical therapy. For the Rodeo, she will be riding Razzamataz, an Arabian horse owned by the Montoya family.
This year’s Rodeo Princess is Maria Gibson, 16, an upcoming junior at LAHS. In the future, she hopes to attend college and obtain degrees in agriculture and business management.
The 2013 Rodeo Sweetheart is Marie MacInnes, 13, who is homeschooled. For the county fair, she will be riding Luli Abi, a 22-year old Arabian mare. One day, she hopes to become New Mexico’s Rodeo Queen.
Check-in for County Fair exhibits begin on today, between 2-6 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. On Friday, the fair kicks off with a pool tournament at Betty Ehart Senior Center at 8 a.m. Exhibits can be viewed at the library starting 4 p.m. for the handicapped, and 5 p.m. for the general pubic. The evening brings two event choices: a James Hyland and the Joint Chiefs concert at Ashley Pond, beginning at 7 p.m., or open roping at the Brewer Arena, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Both events end at 10 p.m.
Saturday brings the Festival and Fair, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Concurrently, Fuller Lodge will be home to the Arts and Crafts Fair, and County Fair Exhibits will be open at Mesa Public Library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The parade will take place on Central Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m. The festive atmosphere will be complete with other activities such as a County Fair Concert, Rodeo and a Cowboy Dinner taking place at the Posse Lodge.
On Sunday, the last Fair day, will feature the Rodeo at the Brewer Arena between 1-3 p.m.
Divisions for the fair exhibits at the Mesa Public Library include clothing, crochet, knitting, needlework, quilts, baked goods, preserved foods, hobbies and crafts, fine arts, photography and horticulture. Each above-mentioned division has at least two subcategories. 

-Ada Ciuca