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Public art activities part of fair

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Jesse and Annie Kohler, Roswell, design their Halloween masks Tuesday evening at the Arts and Crafts Building of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Entries in the children’s contest are hung on the wall behind them. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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The public can participate in art projects at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair this week, with prizes available in a children’s art contest.

The art activities can be found in the Arts and Crafts Building on the fairgrounds, along with displays of entries in photography, quilting and other art contests of the fair.

In the Halloween magic scratch mask contest, children can choose from a variety of shapes of masks to design. The masks are made of an art scratchboard. The children can scratch their designs into the black coating of the board to reveal the colors underneath.

“It’s something for the kids to do, and then we’ll pick a winner of the categories and Dunkin’ Donuts has provided a coupon” for the winners, Assistant Superintendent Bobby Chesser said Tuesday evening.

Nearby, volunteer Dominic Gomez was overseeing the community collective wall hanging project. Visitors of all ages can decorate small animal shapes that are then displayed together in a wall hanging throughout the fair.

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A make-it-and-take-it flower arrangement activity is also offered in the building.

The mask contest and wall hanging project are offered from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Saturday, with the flower arranging available from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday as well. Winners of the mask contest will be announced Saturday and children can pick up their masks then as well.

Also on Saturday will be a make-it-and-take-it painting activity from 2 to 4 p.m.

Also at the fair on Thursday is the breeding heifer and market beef shows, starting at 9 a.m. The carnival opens at 4 p.m.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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