New Mexico State Fair Attractions

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Swinging Riders

Swinging Ride at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to give it the moniker of being the biggest show in New Mexico. See prize-winning quilts and handmade items, visit the agricultural building to try some New Mexico grown food products, and see the animals in the big barns. Horse shows, concerts, rodeos, amusement rides, and every kind of food imaginable, all await you at the fair. Here's a ​pictorial sampling of what you might see at the New Mexico State Fair.

Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Riders swing above the heads of State Fair goers. Ride tickets can be purchased individually or with an all day pass.

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Waving Monkey

Souvenirs at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Blowup animals on a stick are offered by vendors and seen on strollers and in children's' hands.

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Solar Cars

Solar Cars at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Hands-on solar cars run around a track, powered by the sun and visiting children.

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Food at the Fair

Food Vendors at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

One of the most enticing elements of the fair is the food. From turkey legs to bbq brisket, it's all there, as well as sweets, pickles, food on a stick, and anything else that's enormous. Bring your appetite and try something new.

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Pigs and Piglets

Pigs at the New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The big red barn features farm animals such as pigs, goats, chickens, and goats. Visitors vote for their favorite animals by putting coins in bottles labeled with animal names. The barn is run by Future Farmers of America.

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Chile Prize Winners

New Mexico State Fair Chiles
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Gardeners enjoy putting their vegetables in the state fair, and one of the most popular categories is chiles. There are categories for jalapeno, reds, greens and more. These prize winners look good enough to eat.

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Sunflowers Take the Prize

NM State Fair Sunflowers
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Junior agriculture categories include​ the biggest sunflower. Sunflowers are easy to grow, and here some of the junior entries are on display.

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Souvenirs

New Mexico State Fair Vendors
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The fair has many souvenir vendors. Children love the superhero blowups, and since this is New Mexico, there are always aliens on display.

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Teaching with Agriculture

New Mexico State Fair Exhibits
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

These vegetable baskets at the McDonald Farm are part of an educational exhibit. There are many educational exhibits at the fair, teaching about energy, food production and a wide variety of topics. This exhibit is also hands-on.

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Backyard Circus Puppets

Puppet Faces at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The Backyard Circus puppets are larger than life. Children take a puppet of their choice and carry it into the Backyard Circus parade.

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Backyard Circus Parade

Kids on Parade at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The Backyard Circus provides kids with the opportunity to join the parade.

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Quilts and Homemade Arts

Quilts at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Handmade quilts which are works of art can be found in the Creative Arts building. Each year, the designs delight and captivate.

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Dairy Barn Exhibit

Dairy Barn at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Many of the fair's exhibits for children explain and teach, such as the milking demo found in the Dairy Barn.

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Mr. Potato Head Takes the Prize

New Mexico State Fair Wood Sculpture
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Wood sculptures are one of the most popular categories at the fair. Mr. Potato Head won first prize and sports a blue ribbon.

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Pony Rides

Pony Rides at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The fair has lots of animals, and some are available for more than petting. Near the McDonald Farm, children can ride ponies.

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Roping a Steer

Calf Roping at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

At McDonald's Farm, children try their hand at roping a calf.

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Roasted Corn

Roasted Corn at the New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Roasted corn is one of the most popular foods found at the fair. Here, corn in the husk is sold along with bbq.

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Midway Food Vendors

Midway Food Vendors
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The Midway houses the rides and many of the fair's ​candy confections.

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Midway Ride

Ride at the New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Rides at the Midway can transport riders hundreds of feet in the air. The kids enjoy the rides, especially because the summer season of rides at places like Cliff's Amusement Park are closed for the season.

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Midway Games

Midway Games at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The games in the Midway features colorful prizes. Many try to win the largest stuffed animal on display.

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Carnival Sideshows

Spiderwoman Sideshow at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

The old time carnival sideshows still thrive at the fair.

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Twirling Ride

Twirling Ride at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

Midway rides at the fair bring out the thrill seeker in everyone.

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Carousel Rides

Carousel Ride at New Mexico State Fair
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Every September, the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque provides entertainment, food, rides and enough attractions to make it the biggest show in New Mexico.

One of the most popular rides in the Midway is the carousel, which is suitable for young riders.

There are also theme days at the State Fair!

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