ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Sunday was the final day of the New Mexico State Fair. Some highlights of the fair included the food, animals and all the different exhibits.
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Fairgoers that KRQE News 13 spoke with talked positively of their experience at this years’ fair. “The fair was more than I expected, you see, I have never been to a fair in Albuquerque but this. More energy, a lot of people, it’s busy, the atmosphere is great.” Emmi Okotete said.
The fair also named its 2023 Queen. 20-year-old Tonantzin Candelaria took the crown. She is a cosmetology student at Central New Mexico Community College. Candelaria was a long-time participant in the First Impressions Rodeo Club. The club is a non-profit that promotes the sport of rodeo to New Mexico children. “I’m so excited for this opportunity to represent the New Mexico State Fair all across the state and I’m looking forward to making new friends and meeting new people,” said Candelaria in a release. The state fair says contestants were judged on horsemanship, personality and personal interviews. The first runner up is Angel Trujillo from Socorro.