All’s fair in love and live­stock

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Rob DeWalt

At 6 p.m. Fri­day, Aug. 6, a llama “demon­stra­tion” is sched­uled at the Santa Fe County Fair. No word yet on what the lla­mas are pick­et­ing, but a source close to the an­i­mals tells Pasatiempo that large card­board signs bear­ing the slo­gans “We’re here, we’re cute, get used to it!” and “I am NOT de­li­cious!” have been spot­ted near their sta­bles. The spoke­spuppy for the herd­ing-dog cat­e­gory, which holds its own demon­stra­tion at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Aug. 7 (we think it has some­thing to do with cats), con­firmed that the lla­mas — and per­haps a few sheep — are scared. No one from the fledg­ling T-bone Party was avail­able for com­ment.

Be­sides these par­ti­san an­i­mal up­ris­ings, there’s plenty of other stuff to see and do at the Santa Fe County Fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Aug. 8, at the Santa Fe County Fair­grounds (3229 Rodeo Road, next to the rodeo grounds). There’s no charge for ad­mis­sion.

The Santa Fe Model Rail­road Club, with its in­tri­cate, ki­netic dis­play, re­turns to the large an­nex of the fair’s ex­hibit hall, and mem­bers of the North­ern New Mex­ico Quilt Guild are on hand to show off their skills. And aside from the lla­mas, on Fri­day you can take in the poul­try show, the sheep show, the meat-goat show (maybe they’re the ones who are scared, not the lla­mas and sheep), and yet an­other demon­stra­tion, this time by the dairy goats, who feel they’re be­ing milked for ev­ery­thing they’ve got.

Through­out the week­end kid­dos can visit the Fun With Nutrition ex­hibit where they can learn about a healthy diet, chow down on free snacks, and do arts and crafts. Ev­ery day prom­ises en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing Mex­i­can danc­ing, square danc­ing, Ir­ish danc­ing, marimba mu­sic, and maybe some meat goats run­ning very, very fast.

Many folks go to the county fair to check out the juried ex­hibits, which this year in­clude agri­cul­ture, baked prod­ucts, pre­served foods, sewing, needle­work, hand­i­crafts, fine arts, flori­cul­ture, dolls, pho­tog­ra­phy, leather crafts, wood­work, jew­elry, and rock­etry. Com­peti­tors show off ev­ery­thing from Duchess pears and Swedish darn­ing to del­phini­ums, bis­cuits, and bul­tos. Ru­mor has it that the hard­est bis­cuit will be used as a mov­ing tar­get dur­ing the archery com­pe­ti­tion, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Satur­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion gets fierce at 2:30 p.m. Satur­day, when the salsa show­down takes place (if you think you can take the heat, reg­is­ter to en­ter at 2 p.m.). At 11 a.m. Sun­day, the pop­u­lar Chile Chal­lenge (red and green cat­e­gories, of course) kicks off. Those who be­lieve their sauce reigns supreme are in­vited to en­ter the fiery fray. Reg­is­tra­tion is at 10 a.m. A small-pet show and some­thing called the Barn­yard Olympics close out the fair. Start train­ing now for the lat­ter — we hear those meat goats are gun­nin’ for the gold.

For a sched­ule and more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://santafe­ex­ten­ or call 471-4711.

He’s not get­ting any­one’s goat

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