Torrance County Fair events get rolling

Old Timers Day in Estancia last weekend kicked it off, and starting Aug. 4, the Torrance County Fair gets underway in earnest.

This year, new events include carnival games, bingo and face painting.

On Aug. 4, a horse workshop will be held at 1 p.m. at the rodeo arena at the county fairgrounds in Estancia, with a mini horse and donkey show following at 2 p.m., and the Little Miss, Miss, and Fair Queen contest at the livestock arena.

Red Barn exhibits open Tuesday, Aug. 7, and will be open through Saturday. Check-ins for livestock including steers, dairy heifers, market goats, pygmy goats, dairy goats, rabbits, poultry, swine and sheep will be Aug. 7 from 7 a.m. to noon.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 7 is check-in for indoor exhibits, except for floriculture. From 9 a.m. to noon is check-in for farm mechanics exhibits.

At 6 p.m. it’s time for goat roping entries, with goat roping at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

On Wednesday, Aug. 8, a dairy goat and pygmy goat show will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with booster show following. Indoor exhibits are being judged, and will be closed to the public, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Commercial booths are open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 8, and the market goat show runs at the same time.

At 1 p.m. Aug. 8, the indoor exhibits open to the public, and the check-ins for floriculture are from 1 to 5 p.m.

At 2 p.m. Aug. 8, a pie contest will be in the show arena, open to the public.

From 2 to 4 p.m., a new event—a baked goods and candy taste-off—will be held. To be eligible to enter, a person must get first, second or third place for baked goods or candy. The event will be judged by the public.

From 5 to 8 p.m., the market lamb show will be held, with booster show following.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, the market swine show runs from 8 to 11 a.m., with the booster show following.

Floriculture judging is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., during which the exhibit is closed to the public.

Indoor exhibits are open to the public (except for judging) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 9. Commercial booths are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The rabbit and poultry show will be at 1 p.m., and an event by the East Torrance Soil & Water Conservation District starts at 2 p.m. on Aug. 9. At 3 p.m., a homemade cookie contest is open to the public in the show arena. At 5:30 p.m. it’s the dairy heifer show, at 6 p.m. the heifer and steer show, and at 8 p.m., open mic night.

On Friday, Aug. 10, indoor exhibits open to the public at 9 a.m., with commercial booths open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A pet show will be held in the show arena at 9:30 a.m.

At 1 p.m. look for the shepherds and sheep wool lead and cotton extravaganza in the show arena. At 4 p.m. the American Legion will hold a flag ceremony, followed by the parade of champions and awards program at 5:30 p.m.

From 8 p.m. until midnight a Country & Western dance will be held at the Estancia Community Center, with a $5 admission.

Events wrap up on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The third annual red chile cook-off begins at 8 a.m., with the parade line-up at the old courthouse at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 10, with the theme “Days of Swine and Roses.” The parade award ceremony will be at Arthur Park afterward.

At 10:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds, it’s time for the third annual red chile cook-off judging, with a barbecue lunch at 11:15 a.m., sponsored by the Torrance County 4-H Council at the fairgrounds. The cost is $8.50 per plate.

Indoor and floriculture exhibits are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 1 p.m. the junior livestock sale will be held, with check-out for all exhibits from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11.

The Mountainair FFA Chapter will run the concession stand during the fair.

The Mikayla Yvonne Smythe 4-H Memorial Fund has the aim of teaching youth financial management and bookkeeping. Not based on the finances of the family, the scholarship is awarded as a loan for exhibitors to purchase show animals, and hopefully pay the scholarship off at year-end. For details on the program, contact Todd and Denise Smythe at 505-384-6044.

Fair contests this year will be a pie and cookie contest, with prizes awarded to winners.

The pie contest is open to the public. Pies must be homemade, prepared and freshly baked by the contestant. The recipe must be included, and the contestant presents a whole pie. No cream-filled pies accepted.

Contestants must present their pie to the show area by 2 p.m. on Aug. 8. Pies will be judged on taste, appearance, crust and texture.

The cookie contest is Aug. 9. Also open to the public, cookies must be homemade, prepared and freshly baked by the contestant, with the recipe to be included. At least a dozen cookies must be presented. Cookies will be judged on taste, appearance, uniformity and texture.

The third annual red chile contest will be held Aug. 11.

The contest is for red chile con carne. Beans are not allowed. Cooks begin with raw meat, and must have their chile ready in three hours. The cook-off will award first, second and third place, plus people’s choice.

To find more information, including the Fair Book, visit torrancecountynm.org, follow the link for “boards and commissions,” then “fair board.” At the bottom of the page are downloads, including the Fair Book.

The Torrance County Fair also has Facebook and Instagram pages.