New Mexico State Fair

New Mexico State Fair

V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016


The Daily Word in Sandy and Perez, Space and Missile Systems, Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Johnny Mango

The Daily Word

Here, the Durango Herald provides some details regarding the murder trial of former APD policemen Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez.

Last week at Burque's National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, representatives of the Kirtland Air Force Base Space and Missile Systems Center Advanced Systems and Development Directorate "showcased their work" to local citizens and students.

Robert Trapp, at the Rio Grande Sun, writes that it's a bad idea to close highway visitor centers across the state.

As part of a series on “Transformative Events and Processes in New Mexico’s Colonial History,” UNM Taos will be screening the new animated documentary “Frontera! Revolt and Rebelión on the Río Grande," tonight in Taos from 6-8pm.

The Feds say it will take 20 years and nearly $4 billion to clean up "legacy" nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Labs. A nuke watchdog group says those figures have been vastly underestimated.

The best green chile cheese burger at this year's New Mexico State Fair was the Laguna Burger.

Earlier this morning, I-25 near the Budaghers exit was shut down because a truck was leaking liquid oxygen. The hazmat situation has since been resolved and traffic flow restored.

The New Mexico Department of Health says overdose deaths in New Mexico have mostly declined over the past year.

Debate and change continue with regard to the University of New Mexico's controversial official seal.

DCF blogger Johnny Mango visited Navajo Lake and caught three rainbow trout.

V.24 No.38 | 09/17/2015


505 Circles of Hell

Circle One: The State Fair

It’s that time of year again: Traffic! Heat! Obligatory family time! Oh, and the cost! You know what I’m talking about, the New Mexico State Fair.

The idea is great; a day with the family celebrating New Mexican culture. Once you act on it, though, you realize the grievous error you’ve inflicted on yourself and those you choose to go with.

The traffic that surrounds the area for blocks creates a vehicular circle of hell. You could use ABQ Ride, but this is Albuquerque! We drive everywhere, under all conditions. Unless you pay for parking (to add to the increasing debt you’ll owe to a fast cash loan service to afford this trip) you have to fight for a too-small parking spot that takes nearly 20 minutes to find after a 30 minute wait in traffic. I can’t imagine how the folks who live in the surrounding area deal with the animosity of these drivers.

After an hour or so once you’re on the Fair Grounds, you get a New Mexican sweat; the sweat that pours from every crevice on your body. Theoretically this cools the body, but personally, it just makes me damp and irritated. Add this to forced family time and you’ll see the result: red-faced parents, screaming kids, uninterested teens and the slowing elderly.

The Fair is also incredibly expensive for most families. The parking is $10 (and $20? Can you be more specific, New Mexico State Fair Facebook page?), entry is another $10 if you’re 12-64, $7 if you’re 6-11 or 65 and older, and free for kiddos 5 and under.

So already, for an average family of four, this is around $40 without preferred parking. Plus paying for food and tickets for rides, you're looking at at least just under $100 and that’s not even counting the total cost of gas, either.

In addition to all of this I hate long lines, line-cutters, the idea of the baby animals being required to sit in the same spot all day so screaming families can view them for two minutes (once I did see some llamas chasing a baby giraffe, or was that a dream?), the creepy carnies, creepy dudes in general, running into people I haven’t seen since high school, and the amount of smoke from the meat food places.

But I’m pretty excited for Balloon Fiesta.

V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011

Alibi Picks

New Mexico State Fair

Loosen up that belt buckle and gorge on mainstays like Indian tacos or culinary oddities like deep-fried butter—all while somehow managing to keep it in upside down on a midway ride—during the New Mexico State Fair. The biggest deal in the state not associated with ascending balloons hits its final stretch (through Sunday) at Expo New Mexico (300 San Pedro NE). Livestock competitions, music performances, carnival games and vendors top off the heaping slice of Americana. Admission is $7 for adults, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information including a complete schedule of events, visit

V.19 No.38 |


Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Posted to Alibi's Flickr photo pool by our pal salvadorphoto

Yet another long exposure of the Yo Yo.

V.19 No.38 | 9/23/2010

Alibi Picks

New Mexico State Fair

Smell that fresh-roasted green chile in the air? It means that fall is upon us—and that the New Mexico State Fair makes its return to Expo New Mexico (300 San Pedro NE). If I could impart a word to the wise, I would advise checking out the midway rides only before devouring one too many Indian tacos and deep-fried Oreos, not after, for maximum enjoyment. The festivities run every day except for Mondays and Tuesdays thru 9/26. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. On-site parking is $7 per vehicle. Riding your horse in to town? Call 222-9700 for stall accommodations (seriously). For more information and a rather detailed schedule, visit

V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010
Los Teximaniacs


State Fair Music

The New Mexico State Fair is upon us again and with it brings local, national and even international music. Many bands will be gracing the State Fair with varying musical stylings—this years selection should leave everyone's appetites quenched. These are the bands I am going to check out. Find all of this year’s fair entertainment here.

• Reggae united with native sounds created the outstanding flowing mixture of music that is "Native Roots." The band brings messages of unity and pride to the Indian Village at 7 p.m. on Thursday the 16th.

• Actor Gary Farmer (Arnold Joseph from Smoke Signals) and the Troublemakers also perform at 4 p.m. on Thursday the 16th at the African American Pavilion, and on the Wednesday the 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Indian Village. Farmer steps away from the silver screen to demonstrate his musical abilities with his blues band.

• Los Grammy Award Winners Los Texmaniacs bring Tex-Mex to New-Mex once again on Friday the 17th at 8:30 p.m. Max Baca, founder of Los Texmaniacs, (who was born aqui in Albuquerque), will light the Villa Hispana stage on fire with his Bajo Sexto and make you mover a bote!

• MC Magic founder of Nasty Boy Records and the former NB Ridaz will be at the African American Pavilion on Saturday the 18th at 7:30 p.m. MC Magic is out to prove that Latin R & B and hip-hop is still alive and bumping.

• With all country entertainment iside Tingley Coliseum (no Taylor Swift?), Los Nortenos de Ojinag bring a fresh sonido to the line-up. From Ojinag, Chihuahua, this norteno band gives the Charreada (a traditional Mexican rodeo) a perfect encore on the afternoon of Sunday the 19th.

• An old fashioned family band of two sisters and one brother, The Iveys, bringan indie-acoustic rock sound to the Sate Fair Pavillon on Friday the 24th at 4 p.m. Hailing from West Texas close to El Paso the The Iveys make rich and warm melodies to warm your senses.

• Local band The Noms play at 5:30 p.m. on Friday the 24th the State Fair Pavilion. The Albuquerque based pop band will leave the audience singing along to each of their songs and in a better mood than when they started.

• Beautiful and very talented Jenna Martinez performs on Friday the 24th at 8:30 p.m. Formerly a member of the Fat City Band, Jenna sports quality New Mexican singing with her inate voice and diverse songbook

V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010


The Daily Word 8.3.10: Swedish Surgery, Semen Spraying, Swim Spying

The Daily Word

A man is arrested after spraying a woman with semen in a Giant grocery store. Gross.

A live grenade was found hanging from a light pole in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

A Swedish man says “Screw this,” and sews up his own injured leg after waiting in the hospital.

Hide the swimming pools! Google Earth is watching.

A man who robbed a Wendy’s calls to complain about his meager loot.

Creepiest. Robot. Ever.

Get ready for MTE’s “Jesus Shore.” Spiky-haired messiahs anyone??

A source close to Brett Favre says he is planning to retire, finally.

The University of Georgia is named the top party school, according to The Princeton Review. Hunker Down, Dawgs.

Score! In light of the crapfest that is the economy, the New Mexico State Fair is lowering adult ticket prices and parking fees this year.

The first gubernatorial debate between Susana Martinez and Diane Denish is announced and will take place at Eldorado High School.