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NM State Fair wraps up Sunday


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Ongoing until Sept. 16

New Mexico State Fair

The 80th annual New Mexico State Fair takes place. This year’s New Mexico State Fair lineup is the most diverse featured in recent years and includes some of music’s top names in pop, country, reggae, classic rock. Music headliners are Rebelution, DNCE, Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, Hotel California, Maddie & Tae with High Valley and Collective Soul with special guest Cordova. Roswell’s own, Nova Rush, is to perform as well.

Special entertainment this year is provided with the Wild West Gun Fighter Show, a traditional West Coast lumberjack show, Lumber Jacks and Jills with three shows daily, Sea Lion Splash, the only traveling, self-contained sea lion show, as well as the new “New Mexico State Fair Sensory Station.” Magician Sheldon Casavant will thrill the crowds and culinary artist chef Ray L. Duey shows his food sculpting art in a show at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex.

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There will be Native American dancers, artists and craftsmen showing off their skills, rodeos and on the first Saturday New Mexico biggest and best annual parade marches down Central Avenue into Nob Hill starting at 10 a.m.

Main Street will host some of the best automobiles from the 1960s and 1970s as well as vintage VW Bugs and Busses.

For more information, visit statefair.exponm.com.


Ongoing until Sept. 16

Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western Week

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Western Week attracts events for the entire family. Individual events will be listed and updated on the respective Facebook event page and on the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Facebook page. The week includes the parade on Sept. 12, barbecue, queen contest, rodeos, barrel racing and dances. For more information, call 325-668-0163.


Ongoing until Sept. 29

Artesia Quilters Guild exhibit

The Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center, 505 W Richardson Ave., is hosting the 17th annual Artesia Quilters Guild exhibit. This year, Guild members experimented with stained glass quilts, some with optical illusion designs and small projects. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, call 575-748-2390.


Sept. 14 to 16

Robin Scott competes at Blues challenge

Local Roswell musician Robin Scott was accepted to compete at the Telluride Blues Challenge

The Telluride Blues Challenge finals will be held Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Telluride Elks Lodge, 472 W. Pacific Ave. The contest is part of Blues for Breakfast, complete with a breakfast spread and full bar including breakfast cocktails during the event.

Admission to the competition is free. Breakfast and drinks available for purchase. This event is a great way to see up-and-comers in the blues genre while starting Saturday morning off before the grand tasting and music starts in the festival grounds. The challenge is an annual competition providing talented up-and-coming artists from the blues genre with an opportunity to advance their professional career and play the Telluride Blues & Brews Main Stage in front of 10,000 national and international blues fans. The event is limited to 10,000 guests. Last year Scott was runner up; this year he is going for the win. For more information, see Sunday’s Vision section in the Roswell Daily Record or visit tellurideblues.com/events.


Sept. 14 to 16

White Sands Balloon Invitational

This year’s White Sands Balloon Invitational kicks off with a pilot reception on Friday evening. This reception is for the pilots, sponsors and crew. On Saturday, balloons will launch from the White Sands National Monument. Gates to the park will open at 6 a.m. Park fees will apply. No vendors will be at White Sands. Expected launch time is 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday evening, the balloon glow takes place at Ed Brabson Balloon Park. There will be vendors on site. On Sunday, balloons launch from Ed Brabson Balloon Park between 7 and 7:30 a.m. Vendors on site. This is a free event; however, White Sands National Monument park fees will apply. All activities are weather-permitting. For more information, contact Ed Brabson at mande@totacc.com.


Sept. 15

Walk the Line: Tribute to Johnny Cash

Walk the Line: Tribute to Johnny Cash comes to the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., with the performance starting at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call the box office at 575-746-4212.


Sept. 15


This year’s Heritagefest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Halegueno Arts Park. There will be live music and a wide variety of food from chuck wagon fair to barbecue and a pie eating contest. Kids of all ages can learn about the collective and historic heritage by churning butter, mule packing, quilting or shoeing a horse. There will be unique demonstrations highlighting underground activities in the region such as caving and mining. The entire family can participate in the Heritage Stampede — an “Amazing Race” style competition — going up against other teams searching for clues around the city. There will be prizes for the best racers. For more information, call MainStreet Carlsbad at 575-628-3768.


Sept. 18

Free Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration

Pecos Valley Baptist Association invites all senior adults in Southeaster New Mexico to the Senior Adult Cowboy Celebration at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center, 322 W. Grand Ave. — corner of Roselawn Avenue and Richardson Street — at 10 a.m. Donations to help with the cost of lunch can be made at the registration table at the day of the event.

There will a musical performance by the Mountain Saddle Band from Show Low, Arizona and Don Lankford — New Mexico native and cowboy poet — will be the guest speaker. The Mountain Saddle Band has appeared in concerts and western festivals for more than 15 years from Canada to Louisiana and everywhere in between. Their sound recalls the days of the old West because of its unique blend of mostly old, some new, cowboy music, gospel music and cowboy poetry.

The Mountain Saddle Band is a member of the Western Music Association, the Academy of Western Artists and is committed to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the American cowboy. For more information visit pecosvalleybaptist.com or call 887-879-2729.


Sept. 18 to Oct. 12

Quilt Show

The Quilt Show exhibit will be at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, 418 W. Fox St. The event includes free demonstrations by Sally Garner, Nan Clayton, Beverly Spencer and Marilyn Tackett. For more information, call 575-887-0276.

Silver City

Sept. 20 to 23

Gila River Festival

The 14th annual Gila River Festival celebrates 50 years of wild and scenic rivers. Speakers include writers Phil Connors, Tim Palmer, Melissa Sevigny and filmmaker Tony Estrada. Keynote speaker is Senator Tom Udall. Featuring hands-on activities designed to foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River, the four-day event includes river outings and field trips. For more information, visit gilaconservation.org.

White Oaks

Sept. 21 and 22

Rock on weekend

Dance to the tunes of the band Reckless on Friday afternoon and La Ultima band featuring rock, Latino and western music, which will rock the No Scum Allowed Saloon, 933 White Oaks Road, in the afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. and the night from 7 to 11 p.m. Ride out on your bikes, rent a house for the weekend or bring your RVs. For more information visit its Facebook event page.


Sept. 21 to 23

‘Murder’s In The Heir!’

The Artesia Community Theatre presents the interactive murder mystery comedy, “Murder’s In The Heir!’ by Billy St. John, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W Main St., with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, visit act88210.org.


Sept. 22

Staked Plains Family Fun Day

Every year, students are invited to the Junior College campus to discover how life has changed on the Llano Estacado, also known as the Staked Plains.

For the second year, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame are inviting the public to discover the same thing. The day includes roping demonstrations, a chuck wagon cook-off, blacksmithing demonstrations and live animals.

The event is free, but tickets for the chuckwagon meal must be purchased ahead of time. The Staked Plains Family Fun Day will all take place at the Rodeo Arena on campus.


Sept. 22 to 23

Ruidoso Kite Festival

Ruidoso Parks and Recreation are hosting the Ruidoso Kite Festival at the White Mountain Recreational Complex. There will be food vendors and build-your-own-kite demonstration. Time is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 575-257-5030.


Sept. 22 and Nov. 11

Fee Free Day at Carlsbad Caverns

The public is be invited to experience all national parks, including Carlsbad Caverns National Park, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018. For more information, visit nps.gov.

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