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Countdown to Chaves County 4-H FFA Fair

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With the 2018 Chaves County 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Fair starting in a week, youth belonging to 4-H and FFA chapters and their parents and other adult volunteers gathered at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds Saturday morning for the traditional fairgrounds clean-up day. At left, mother Mari Fely Benavides and daughter Priscila Benavides, a 4-H and FFA member in Dexter, help around the livestock pens. Dozens of youth spent the first part of the day washing windows, cleaning exhibit areas, hauling dirt, raking leaves, stocking needed items and otherwise preparing for the 36th annual fair, which allows youth to show their skills and abilities in raising livestock, animals and plants; completing wildlife, conservation, agricultural, mechanical, citzenship or educational projects or creating art, crafts or food. Even those too young to participate in the fair took part in the clean-up as Emmett Pirtle, at right, helps his family members wash exhibit hall windows. The annual event starts with horse shows on July 28, officially kicks off with exhibits and shows on July 30 and ends with a livestock sale for top exhibitors on Aug. 3. A complete schedule can be found on the website of the Chaves County Cooperative Extension Office of New Mexico State University, chavesextension.nmsu.edu


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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.