The 2019 Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair starts soon, so about 100 youth and adults gathered Saturday morning at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds to clean inside buildings and outside pens.
Families, youth, 4-H and Future Farmers of America members, and fair leaders began arriving about 6:30 a.m. with their rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, heavy equipment, brooms, sponges, window cleaners and vacuums. The effort was expected to take all morning.
“Hopefully, all the kids who are involved (showed up), and usually that is true,” said Arlene Rowland, co-superintendent for the general exhibits, who said there will be more than 100 kids showing animals, crafts or projects this year. “Most of them plan their summer vacations around this.”
General and home economics exhibits will arrive on the fairgrounds for judging Friday, with a horse show held at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Bob Crosby Arena. The official start of the fair is Sunday, July 28, when the animals arrive. The week culminates in the junior livestock sale on the evening of Friday, Aug. 2.