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Special Events
Cellphone Competition
   As easy as a cellphone photo! Capture those vibrant moments that express what the Otero County Fair and Rodeo means to you. ...read more
Rides and Wristbands
   Ride tickets are $1 each, 22 for $20, and 48 for $40. Wristbands for $20 during the hours of 1 pm to 5 pm only on Fri, Sat and Sun. ...read more.
4th Annual Ranch Rodeo
   Two nights of rodeo action where teams will compete in 5 events like wild cow milking, trailer loading and others. ...read more.
Horseshoe Tournament
   50 teams will compete for over $1,200.00 in prize money. Deadline to enter is Aug 1st. ...read more.
Photo Competition
   Photos entered into this special competition must include "Red or Green", into the theme of the photo for a chance to win $100.00.
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Street Dance
   KRSY-FM not only plays songs for the kids to dance to, but does different contests for prizes from their dance sponsors. ...read more.
Sheep to Shawl
   A demonstration of the whole process of making a shawl from wool fiber prep - carding, spinning, and weaving to a woven shawl. ...read more.
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2015 Chairman's Message

                                      Mershon    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.

Bill Mershon

New Rodeo Grandstands for 2015!

   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
Removing Reserved Seating
New Concrete
New Concrete Footers
Assembly of the
Assembly of the Grandstand
New Decking
New Decking
Installing New
                                                Reserved Seating
Installing New Reserved Seating
Completed Seating
Completed Seating
Completed Project


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