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Variety of fair exhibits begin cropping up

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The annual pumpkin contest draws a crowd Saturday night, including some of the 58 members of the Chaves County Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Benny Wooton marks an entry prior to measuring and weighing it. New Mexico Rep. Candy Spence Ezell (R-Roswell) serves this year as official weighmaster. Last year's heaviest pumpkin weighed 387 pounds. The woman and man growing the biggest pumpkins by weight have their names engraved on a trophy. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The annual pumpkin contest draws a crowd Saturday night, including some of the 58 members of the Chaves County Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Benny Wooton marks an entry prior to measuring and weighing it. New Mexico Rep. Candy Spence Ezell (R-Roswell) serves this year as official weighmaster. Last year’s heaviest pumpkin weighed 387 pounds. The woman and man growing the biggest pumpkins by weight have their names engraved on a trophy. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

This year, more than 1,500 arts and crafts entries are on display, including these two paper mache creations, said Arts and Crafts Superintendent Judy Hobson. Also exhibited are photographs, sculptures, fine art, painted china, handcrafted jewelry and kaleidoscopes, fabric purses, quilts, wood and metal work, and barn quilts, where quilt patterns are painted on boards.