You may go to the 2009 New Mexico State Fair for the chance to eat a giant turkey leg with a fried Twinkie chaser. You may stay for the opportunity to experience rides that will throw you backwards in a loop while blaring ’80s metal music in your ears. But don’t leave without exposing yourself to the art of the State Fair. The mind-bogglingly diverse work of people of all ages from all over the state—from the oil paintings of the Fine Arts Gallery to the LEGO dioramas in the Creative Arts Building—makes the fair one of the most exciting arts destinations of the year. I can’t think of another place where one can see traditional New Mexican inlay woodworking along with a giant Mr. Potato Head and sock puppets. Don’t miss out.
A sampling of some of the State Fair’s greatest artwork
Erin Adair-Hodges and Sean McCullough
The New Mexico State Fair
Through Sept. 27
Tickets $7 adults, $5 kids
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
For a complete list of events and attractions, go to exponm.com/fair