New Mexico State Fair will showcase new rides, food


The State Fair starts Thursday, and crews are still putting together the finishing touches. This year, two new big rides are making their debut.

Grab some funnel cake and lemonade, the New Mexico State Fair is about to hit the town.

“Words cannot describe how excited…like I told you, if I could do a cartwheel without blowing a hamstring, that’s exactly what I would do,” said State Fair general manager Dan Mourning.

The fair typically draws in about half a million people. This year, they expect even more thanks to a few new rides.

“And we have this slide that is ridiculous,” said Mourning. “It is the largest, tallest slide in America that’s portable. (It’s) unbelievable and it’s great.”

That’s not all: an alpine ski-lift type of ride is guaranteed to provide some great views.

“The sky ride that takes you…it’s brand new and it takes you around the entire campus,” said Mourning. “The full length of the street and you get the great views of the Sandias, the city, the fairgrounds and it’s just a nice, comfortable way to get around the fair. It’s beautiful.” 

Of course, don’t forget the food. A unique food contest at noon Thursday is when they will reveal new treats on vendor’s row.

“Oh the food is always new,” said Mourning. “Don’t kid yourself — if we could batter and fry lettuce we would do that out here at the fair.”

The theme for this year: Love is in the Fair.

“With everything that is going on in our world, the fair is the perfect place to bring your families, build those memories you so cherish,” said Mourning. “I do it with my kids every year.” 

Also new at the fair, Graze Days. Each Thursday, each vendor will offer a snack-size version of one of their popular menu items for three dollars.

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