All’s fair in love and livestock
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://santafeextension.nmsu.edu/santa-fe-county-fair.html or call 471-4711.
He’s not getting anyone’s goat