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Fair spices up with country and Spanish music

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Matt Kimbrow of Forth Worth, Texas, will be one of the seven music performers at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Kimbrow is scheduled to sing Friday night. (Submitted Photo)

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Whether you’re looking for an adrenalin-boosting ride, some foot-stomping music or up-close time with scaly creatures, step right up to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

Of course, the fair carnival is a fan favorite. Each year the carnival offers rides and games meant to entice the thrill-seeker as well as offer some gentle fun for younger children. Three performing acts also will give free shows each day during carnival hours, with those groups announcing their show times during the carnival.

This year’s acts will include Reptile Adventures, David Malmburg Ventriloquist and Zuzu African Acrobats.

Reptile Adventures is described as an educational and entertaining presentation about reptiles. The show is expected to feature snapping turtles, lizards and snakes, including pythons.

David Malmburg will bring his many years of experience as a ventriloquist, humorist and classically trained musician to audiences. The Zuzu African Acrobats are a troupe that display “traditional Kenyan acrobatic skills” performed to “high-energy beats.”

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The music entertainment starts Monday evening and crescendoes with Friday performances by the Matt Kimbrow Band and Shari Rowe and Saturday shows by five Tejano, Mexican and Spanish music acts.

Monday night features Nathan Dean and the Damn Band, a country-western group from Freeport, Illinois. Anthony Torres, the Piano Man, of El Paso, Texas, hits the stage Tuesday night with his singing and piano accompaniment. A Roswell group, Nu Gruv, will perform a variety of music genres Thursday evening.

Friday night brings a couple of county singers to the fairgrounds.

Matt Kimbrow, a singer-songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas, describes his music as “in your face, hallelujah and amen” entertainment. His songs — which include “Where the Seeds Fall,” “Lonestar Paradise,” and “Livin’ the Good Life” — have been No. 1 radio hits, and he has had six consecutive songs reach the Top 10 on Texas music charts. In his years as a performer, he has shared the stage with such country stars as Easton Corbin, Granger Smith, Dwight Yoakum, Aaron Watson and Craig Morgan.

Shari Rowe, now from Nashville, Tennessee, but a native of Arizona, brings country, bluegrass and blues-rock music to the stage. Her better-known songs include “Beach Town,” “Southern Spells,” “Take That Shot,” “Moonshine,” and “Silly Boy,” which won the 2013 Independent Music Award for Best Country Song. The singer-songwriter has been touring for a few years now, including performing in Poland. She has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Three Dog Night, Parmalee, Diamond Rio, Aaron Carter and Tracy Lawrence.

Morro y su Reunion from Mexico is among the five bands performing Saturday at the fair. (Submitted Photo)

Saturday is what Eastern New Mexico State Fair staff refer to as “Spanish Music Day” with five performers and bands in the queue. Those are Nacho Galindo Jr., who performs Norteno music; Morro & Su Reunion from Mexico; Son Ardiente; Grupo Varonil from Austin, Texas; and Culpa Nortena.

Exact times for the music performances had not been released by press time. Friday concert prices are listed as free for children 4 or younger; $4 for seniors (55 or older) and children 5 to 12 years old; and $8 for adults and children over 13. Saturday concerts are free for children 4 or younger; $5 for seniors and children 5 to 12; and $10 for adults and children 13 and up.

Fair gates open Monday and Saturday at noon with regular admission prices. Wednesday through Friday, people can enter the fair for free from noon to 2 p.m., with the fair re-opening at 4 p.m. at full admission prices.

General admission fair prices are as follows: free for children 6 or younger or military and first-responders with identification; $4 for seniors (55 or older) or children 6 to 12; and $8 for adults and children 13 or older. Wednesday is Seniors Day, with free admission for seniors all day. Parking is free every day.

Carnival hours and prices for unlimited rides with a wristband are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, noon to 10 p.m., $25; Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. to closing, $20; Friday, 5 p.m to 11 p.m., $25; and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., $30.

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