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Fair Week arrives in Roswell

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The Eastern New Mexico State Fair starts this week at the fairgrounds on Southeast Main Street. The event is one of the largest visitor attractions the city hosts each year. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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One of Roswell’s largest annual events begins this week.

The Eastern New Mexico State Fair begins for most people on Monday, although some livestock events and a queen pageant began this weekend.

A special State Fair publication issued by the Roswell Daily Record inserted in today’s edition gives the details of events, which wrap-up Saturday with one of the highlights of the week, the junior livestock show.

The fair brings in participants and visitors from all 33 counties of the state, and this year’s event is expected to have 79 parade entries and 463 livestock exhibitors with 1,626 animals. The fair also has thousands of horticultural, vocational, educational, arts and crafts, and food exhibits, as well as 4-H exhibits in numerous categories.

A financial impact study of the fair done in 2017 showed that it contributed $1.74 million in direct spending to the local economy from three major categories, the junior livestock show ($505,981); lodging and Recreational Vehicle parking for exhibitors, judges and entertainers ($52,020); and admission, parking and activities at the fair ($1.19 million). The number of people paying to attend that year was 24,280.

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In addition to the daily livestock shows and exhibits, this year’s event includes carnival rides, music performances and entertainment on the fairgrounds by a magician, a stunt team and a robot. Dedicated days include Special Needs Day on Tuesday, Seniors’ Day on Wednesday and Children’s Day on Friday.

A popular part of the week is the parade, believed to have started in 1900. Schools, local government offices and some businesses close so that people can gather along Main Street to see the floats, vehicles and other entries. The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be Jeff Stroble, a Roswell firefighter who died in the line of duty June 5. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on College Boulevard and ends on Summit Street.