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Fair starts today

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By Don Pace

Anastazia Alvarez was one of the 4-H students coaxing their reluctant goats onto one of the shearing blocks Monday for a close shave in preparation for the 2009 San Miguel-Mora County Fair, which is from today to Saturday.

The Mora Middle School seventh-grader has been showing animals at the fair for the past four years.

“I have mainly raised pigs, rabbits and chickens. This is the second year I raise a goat. The pigs are the easiest to take care of,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said the first couple of years she had a hard time when it came to selling her animals.

“I used to start crying because I knew where they were going,” Alvarez said. “But that’s part of learning about farming and growing up.”

Alvarez uses the money she earns from the auction to buy animals for the next year, to purchase feed and to support her rodeo events. She wants to become a veterinarian someday.

The San Miguel County Extension Office sponsors the four-day event, with registration for participants beginning today.

The fairgrounds has a brand new building that houses animals and now has a new show ring.

Some of the other events include a livestock show and sale, indoor exhibits featuring sewing, gardening and baking and the second annual chile cookoff.  

County fair schedule

The San Miguel-Mora County Fair will be held at the fairgrounds, which is a mile past Camp Luna on the west side of N.M. Highway 65 on the way to Montezuma.

Today

2-7 p.m.: Indoor and horticulture exhibit entries taken for open, 4-H and FFA.

Thursday

8 a.m.-noon: Fairgrounds open to accept large animals.

8 a.m.-noon: Weigh-in begins with lambs, followed by meat goats, swine and steers.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Indoor exhibits closed for judging.

1 p.m.: Mandatory meeting in show barn for all large-animal exhibitors.

2-7 p.m.: Entries accepted for small animals.

2-7 p.m.: Indoor exhibit hall open to public.

4 p.m.: Swine show.

Friday

8:30 a.m.: Lamb show followed by goats, steers and breeding stock.

8:30 a.m.: Indoor exhibit hall open to public and remains open until 7 p.m.

1 p.m.: Small-animal judging, followed by showmanship.

1 p.m.: Southwest Dairy, milking demonstration.

2 p.m.: Horse show at fairgrounds arena.

5 p.m.: Watermelon-eating contest.

5 p.m.: Chile cookoff.

Saturday

9 a.m.: Tug of War sponsored by Rociada High Country 4-H Club.

9 a.m.: Pet show in show ring.

10 a.m.: Pack horse race

10 a.m.-noon: Korney contest/Stick Horse Rodeo – ages 2 to 10.

1-3 p.m.: Kiddy Karnival.

4-6 p.m.: Junior Livestock Sale and Awards.

6 p.m.: Buyers barbecue.

8 p.m.-midnight: Dance, music provided by ACT 1.

Sunday

8 a.m.: Cleanup. Large animals released by superintendent. All indoor and small-animal exhibits released by superintendents. Any exhibits left will be the property of the county fair. All booths to be taken down.