|2015 Chairman's Message
Last year we celebrated the 75th County Fair in Otero County
and it was a great occasion! It started with more entries in the parade
than anyone can ever remember and continued with great participation in
the Fair, the rodeo and culminated with the Junior
Livestock Sale that brought in more money for the livestock exhibitors
than the year before.
This year's Fair promises
to be even better with a new carnival, new seating in the arena bleachers,
and the return of the Ranch Rodeo. The bleacher
seating has been a topic here for the last three years with the anticipation
we would see them installed each year. Finally, the installation is underway
and will most certainly be finished by August!
The County Fair is a
tradition in Otero County and is recognized as one of the best county fairs
in New Mexico. We are proud of our traditions and continue to have good
participation even as the demographics in the county change from rural
agrarian to a more urban population. To complement this, a local group
is providing a “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration
depicting the steps required to produce a finished woolen garment from
raw wool. It is satisfying to see the numbers of exhibitors and participants
sustain itself, and tells us that even though other county fairs struggle
and go away, our county continues to adhere to its customs and cultures.
The Fair is a volunteer
effort, and requires significant time and energy from the Fair
Board and the numerous other people and groups who devote their energy
and resources to producing this outstanding function. I applaud these folks
and am always gratified when people step down, there are plenty of others
who step up and fill in. We welcome three new Fair Board members this year
and are delighted with their energy and enthusiasm.
Come out to the Fair
every day and share the exhibits, demonstrations, and new facilities.
New Rodeo Grandstands
In 2015 the Otero
County Fairboard finished up a project that took 3 years to come to
fruition in seeing the new grandstands in place. We started in 2012
when we received a legislative appropriation for the new seating.
Over the next 3 years we had a few bumps to iron out but the bleachers
are now in place.
We want to thank Representative
Yvette Herrell and Senator Bill Burt for sponsoring our project in Santa
Fe and then helping with the follow up to get the funding released.
We also thank Governor Susana Martinez for approving the project to allow
more of the citizens of Otero County attend events held in the Guy Warden
arena. We appreciate our local county commissioners for their support
of the grandstand project as well as the County Manager. Jack Wayte
Construction helped out with the use of their forklift to get the old bleachers
taken down. Without each of you we would not have been able
to complete the new grandstands.
Our new seating is all
aluminum and has a closed system so if you drop your drink, it won't go
all the way to the ground. With several areas for handicapped seating along
the length everyone should be able to find a great spot to watch the events.
Sixty-three new reserved seats will be more comfortable than ever for those
that would like reserved seating.
Be sure to come out to
the ranch rodeo, Wednesday, August 12 and
Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm each night or Friday, August 14 and Saturday
August 15 at 8 pm each night to enjoy some rodeo
action and check out our new bleachers.
Removing Reserved Seating
New Concrete Footers
Assembly of the Grandstand
Installing New Reserved Seating