Fair Fun

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By Don Pace

Fairgoers could smell the chile cooking as contestants prepared their special recipes for the chile cookoff, the Blue Ribbon Wranglers were keeping score at the mud volleyball pit and watermelon seeds were flying during the watermelon eating contest — just a few of the activities taking place at the 35th Annual San Miguel-Mora County Fair.

“It was a great fair. I think it’s probably the best fair during the seven years I’ve been president,” fair board President Kenny Zamora said, adding that the crowd was bigger than it has been in several years.

Zamora said even in this sluggish economy, people generously wrote checks at the Junior Livestock sale. He said the sale generated more than $95,000 for kids who worked long and hard hours since last year raising prize farm animals to show at this year’s county fair.

Some of the other events included a horse show at the fairgrounds arena, a lamb show followed by goats, steers and breeding stock. Kids had fun at the Kiddy Karnival, as well as, participating in the Korney Kontest and Stick Horse Rodeo.

The fair concluded with a buyers barbecue and a dance Saturday night.