By Marc Schoder
The countdown is under way for one of New Mexico oldest fairs, the Roosevelt County Fair.
The fair is just about a month away, as it starts off Aug. 22 with setups for vendors and fair entrants and concludes on Aug. 27.
“Most everything that was at the fair last year will be there this year,” said Jana Roberts, fair board president. The fair officially opens on August 24.
The entry day for indoor exhibits is Aug. 22, according to the county fair book.
Roberts said the fair’s final day will feature the Colgate Country Showdown from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.,. The winner of the showdown, Roberts said, would get a recording contract.
The Allie Brooks band will be performing both Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Brooks won the Colgate Country showdown two years ago.
“This will be the first time I have ever headlined at the Roosevelt County Fair,” said Allie Brooks, lead for the band. Brooks said she has been doing talent shows since the age of eight.
“We were very excited and we have worked very hard when we first learned that we asked to play at the at the fair three months ago,” Brooks said.
The Christian music concert, set for Aug. 24, and square dancers (Aug. 25) will be moved to the Jake Lopez Center, Roberts said. The Blackwater Band will appear Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the slab.
The 4-H events will begin showing the day the fair officially opens, according to county 4-H Agent Patrict Kircher.
“4-H members will be showing livestock that they have been working with all year,” Kircher said. Kircher added that baking and sewing projects will be on display as well.
The annual junior livestock sale has been moved to Saturday night. Roberts added that all entries submitted to the fair will be taken down on the Monday following the fair.