Roosevelt County prepares for local fair

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt County residents will be able to enjoy the livestock shows and arts and crafts on display at the fair beginning on Tuesday, but much of the work behind the scenes has already been done.

The Roosevelt County Fair begins Tuesday and ends Aug. 27.

Roosevelt County 4-H Agent Patrick Kircher said for the children and teens who enter in their projects for the fair, preparation happens year-round.

“Everyone’s anxious,” Kircher said about the fair. “Everybody participates in it because they enjoy it. It provides quality time for the family. It’s a big time for kids to demonstrate what they have worked on all year. It gives them a chance to see their friends and develop camaraderie. The children also meet other kids from across the state (through 4-H) and establish a friendship.”

Kircher said there are 202 pigs pre-entered into the fair show, up 17 from last year. Kircher said the 4-H participants in the county fair can enter their projects into the eastern New Mexico fair in Roswell and the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

Roosevelt County Road Department workers have been busy with improvements to the fairgrounds. Roosevelt County

“This year they chip-sealed the heavily-trafficked areas by pedestrians,” County Manager Charlene Hardin said. “They also chip-sealed both entrances and it will keep the dust down and so it won’t get muddy in case it rains.”

Hardin said the county received $250,000 in capital outlay funds for the projects.

Jackie Clark of the Roosevelt County Ag Extension office said three people with previous fair experience have been brought in on a temporary basis to help with gathering and inputting results.