Children greet the Rock-it Robot at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Tuesday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
By nightfall, the lights were aglow, the shrieks of glee were audible, and carnival workers solicited passers-by to try their hand at familiar fair games. And that was just in the midway, as the carnival opened Tuesday evening, on the second day of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Less than a few hours after the 4 p.m. gate opening, the fair was jam-packed with activity, off the midway grounds, too.
A painting demonstration finished up at 4:30 p.m., in the Arts & Crafts Educational Building. Throughout the fairgrounds, Street Magic began conducting interactive tricks at 5:30 p.m. Garth Roberg, a one-man band, performed at 6:30 p.m., in the Commercial Building. At 7 oâ€™clock, bands began battling on the Coca-Cola Stage, the Wild West Shootout kicked of f in the Rodeo Arena, and Kenny Ahern put on his own half-magic, halfacrobat show. And, again, this was all just Tuesday.
The rest of the week includes highlights such as belly dancers, fiddlers, the Chisum Challenge (tickets required), and a hypnotist. Additionally, nightly events in the rodeo arena and performers and concerts galore await fair attendees. And, of course, thereâ€™s the full slate of animal shows and art demonstrations.
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