The annual New Mexico State Fair brings thousands of visitors through its entryway each year. No matter how many times you may go, the fair always does a few things differently so there's a new show or spectacular to participate in each year. The food often remains the same, but there are always added goodies that become that year's popular treat to eat. And the fair also has the same exhibits and specials each year so that visitors can go back to their favorites, such as the baking competition, the quilts or the Lego models, which change each year with different competitors.
Main Street Theme Days at the New Mexico State Fair
Every year, the New Mexico State Fair has special theme days. You’ll be sure to find one that is just what you’re looking for. The theme day events and special activities take place along Main Street, which is the largest, longest street in the fairgrounds. Main Street fills up with special car shows, such as the Model A's Model T's, Early Ford Flathead V* and classic tractor day, where cars and tractors line up along the street. Fairgoers get to see what the cars look like up close, and sometimes the car's owner is nearby for anyone who might have questions.
Updated for 2016
Thursday, September 8
Opening Day/Law Enforcement Day
All law enforcement officers are admitted free with a valid ID.
Friday, September 9
Fire Fighters Day, Smokey Bear Day, Red Ribbon Relay Day
The Red Ribbon Kids run in from the four winds of New Mexico, and then they continue on to the Indian Village for a large event.
All firefighters are admitted free with valid ID or uniform.
Saturday, September 10
Classic VW Show
You'll see classic cars from the 1960s and 1970s on Main Street, after the parade.
Sunday, September 11
Model A's, Model T's and Early Ford Flathead V-8s
Veteran Motor Car Club of America
There will be a special ceremony at noon at Main and Heritage, for first responders on 9-11.
Also, some of the cars driving to the fair will be over 100 years old. Come out and learn about these old cars.
Monday, September 12
Seniors Celebration Day
Healthy Living Day
New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge
Main Street will be filled with booths that include information from the New Mexico State Agency on Aging, the Department of Health and the Healthy Aging Collaborative. The green chile cheeseburger challenge takes place at 4 p.m. Don't miss the Beatles tribute at 2 p.m. at the Pavilion.
Tuesday, September 13
Military and Veterans Day: All military and veterans get in free with valid ID or uniform. Like chicharrons? The chicharon challenge takes place this day, with 10 restaurants competing for the title of winner.
Wednesday, September 14
Pathways to College and Careers Day
Environment Appreciation Day
Meet schools at the fair, and learn about the environment and resources on Main Street on this day.
Thursday, September 15
New Mexico TRUE Day
Gathering of the Counties Day at the Box Car Stage
You'll meet people from every part of the state on Main Street this day. The gathering of counties takes place at 11:15.
Friday, September 16
Oil and Gas Day
Science and Technology Day
Junior Livestock Auction at the Box Car Stage
Learn about the oil and gas industries in the state.
The Parade of Champions takes place on the boxcar stage, with New Mexico youth winners.
Saturday, September 17
Hot Rods and Custom Cars, Classic Campers
Native American Day - Indian Village
There will be Airstreams, hot rods, low riders and big foot trucks on Main Street this day. A pow wow and Apache Crown Dancers will be part of the festivities in Indian Village.
Sunday, September 18
Classic Chevys, Corvairs, vintage Chevrolets
See classic Chevys this last day of the fair.