New Mexico State Fair: Free Admission September 19

September 18, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque continues until September 23 and in case you’re one of the seven people who haven’t heard, State Fair admission is free to everyone, all day on Wednesday September 19.

As an aside: Kudos to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz who so firmly put an end to the driver who barrelled into the State Fair Parade on Saturday. Mr Cheap and I were standing right by when the driver zoomed at a dangerous speed past us, and all too close to families and kids watching the parade and gathering candy along the roadside. Then the Chief rode up on his Segway like a modern day cowboy, blowing his whistle fit to bust, and stopped the driver in his tracks. It’s amazing more people weren’t hurt. Other than that, it was a great parade!

So back to the State Fair. Regular admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website – although I don’t see the free admission on Wednesday September 19 announced there at time of writing.  But here are the deal details I know about for the remainder of this year’s Fair.

  • Wednesday Thursday 19: Free gate admission to all
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

Thanks to reader Carrie for dropping me a note about the free State Fair admission day. I had already heard about it, but I always appreciate your eyes and ears to pass on deals I might have missed to our readers!

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania


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New Mexico State Fair 2012 Discounts and Freebies

September 7, 2012 by  
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The 2012 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque runs from September 12 to 23, 2012, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole affair) on Saturday September 15.  Note that on opening day September 12, Fair admission starts at 2 pm. After that, the grounds open daily at 9 am.

Admission for the NM State Fair is slightly higher this year, at $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (aged 62+), and $7 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under still get in free

The good news is that it’s free parking at the State Fair Grounds this year. As parking was $7 last year (or $5 – 10 in parking lots near the grounds) at least you’ll save cash when you’re hitching your wagon!

The 2012 carnival daily ride wristbands for all-day unlimited rides costs $20 on Monday through Thursday (opening at noon), and $25 on Friday through Sunday (opening at 11 am). The exception is half-price ride day on Thursday September 20, when ride passes are $10.

You can see the full New Mexico State Fair details and schedule of events at their website.  But if you’re looking for a deal, here are the promotion days with discounts, and with free admission for our hero members of the community.  These are the ones I’ve found so far… I’ll update as and when others are announced, and please do leave a comment in the box below this post if you know of any other NM State Fair deals!

  • Free Arts Preview Night on Tuesday September 11, from 5 pm, to see the art at the various galleries within the Expo NM Fair Grounds.  
  • Wednesday September 12: The Fair opens at 2 pm with an opening day special of $2 Midway rides – the price is per ride.
  • Thursday September 13: Law Enforcement Day with free admission to uniformed law enforcement officers… you must be an officer and you must be in uniform!
  • Friday September 14: Firefighters Day with free admission for uniformed firefighters – again, you must be in uniform.
  • Saturday September 15: The New Mexico State Fair Parade is free to watch of course – starting at approximately 8:30 am and ending about three years later. (It’s a jolly long parade!) The parade leaves from the Expo NM Fairgrounds and heads east along Central Avenue to Eubank.
  • Tuesday September 18: Two-Dollar Tuesday with $2 Midway rides and $2 deals from participating Midway games and food vendors.
  • Thursday September 20: Military & Veterans’ Day with free admission for uniformed and active military with ID and for veterans with ID.
  • Thursday September 20: Half-Price Ride Day with all-day ride pass wristbands for unlimited Midway rides at the half price of $10.
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds. Enter via Gate 1 (Central Avenue) or Gate 8 (Louisiana west of Lomas) as Gate 9 is closed this year. Parking is free at either Gate 1 or Gate 8.

–Tania

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NM State Fair Rodeo-Concerts and Free Fair Admission

August 27, 2012 by  
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New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner, from September 12 to 23, 2012, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole affair!) on Saturday September 15.

But I’m here to tell you that if you’re buying tickets for the NM State Fair Rodeo-Concerts, grab them now!  Rodeo-Concerts tickets purchased by August 31 include free admission to the State Fair too, valid for the day of the concert.  That saves you $10 on the regular adult admission. State Fair admission for seniors (62+) and kids aged 6-12 will be $7 in 2012.

The Rodeo-Concerts at Tingley Coliseum combine the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo with a different music concert each night. Ticket prices are $19, $28 or $39, depending on the seats.  That’s already a good deal for the evening’s entertainment. Throw in free State Fair admission and it’s even more likely to please the cowboys (and gals)!

The Rodeo-Concerts mainly start at 7 pm and performers this year are:

  • Poco/Firefall on September 18
  • Marty Stuart on September 19
  • Jake Owen on September 20
  • Eddie Money on September 21
  • Jerrod Niemann on September 22
  • Michael Jackson Tribute Laser Spectacular on September 23 – this one starts at 2 pm.

Buy New Mexico State Fair Rodeo-Concert tickets from the EXPO New Mexico box office or from Ticketmaster through August 31 to get free gate admission to the NM State Fair too. (This TicketMaster link takes you directly to all shows at Tingley Coliseum, including the NM State Fair PRCA Rodeo concerts.) After that, you’re paying your own way into the State Fair!

–Tania

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NM State Fair $3 for All, Free for Military & Veterans

September 21, 2011 by  
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The New Mexico State Fair has come up with more deals for Thursday September 22, 2011, including free admission for military veterans and active duty military, and $3 admission for everyone else. Plus a bunch of one-day only food vendor discounts.

On Thursday September 22 only, the New Mexico State Fair runs Three Dollar Thursday, when admission is reduced to $3, and Murphy Brothers Carnival single rides, games, and select Midway concessions are only $1. All day ride pass wristbands for unlimited rides are $15 on Thursday. (Admission is always free for kids aged 5 and under, and we know how kids love the fair, so the free admission is just as well!)

Veterans and active military get free admission to the NM State Fair on Thursday September 22, for Military & Veterans’ Appreciation Day.  To get the free entry, military veterans must show their VA Medical Center ID card, a copy of their DD-214, or other proof of veteran or retiree status. Active-duty military can turn up in uniform (that could get messy at the fair…) or show their DOD/military ID cards.  Note that the free admission is only for the individual, not any accompanying guests, and it doesn’t cover parking, just free admission on the gate.

There will also be a flyover by a U.S. Air Force AC-130 Gunship from Cannon Air Force Base at 11:30 am on Thursday, and a moment of silence in the State Fairgrounds as part of the day’s theme of ‘Ten Years Later: Honoring the Victims and Heroes of 9/11’.

After the flyover, a 9/11 Ten Year Anniversary Tribute ceremony will take place on the Main Stage, led by NMDVS Cabinet Secretary Timothy Hale and New Mexico National Guard Brigadier General Paul Pena. This will be followed by a 44th Army Band performing from noon to 1 pm.  

The New Mexico Air National Guard, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Army will also be present with hands-on exhibits, and a display of the U.S. Army sponsored NASCAR racing car.

Special food vendor deals on Thursday include:

  • JR’s BBQ & Catering: $1 hotdogs, $2 roasted corn, $3 mini BBQ sandwiches
  • Blue Corn Cafe and Blue Corn Grill: $3 frybread
  • La Hacienda: $1 tacos, $1 corndogs
  • Just Squeezed: $1 frozen lemonade, $3 aguas frescas, and other specials
  • Blake’s Lotaburger: $3 off Combo Meal, $1 off all bottled drinks
  • Organo Gold: $1 black coffee, $3 mocha, latte or hot chocolate, and $3 off all box purchases

Southwest Softub is also offering $100 off a purchase with free delivery in the Albuquerque area, and you can get a $1 Tupperware citrus peeler at Del Sol Party Sales Tupperware. How’s that for variety?

Regular admission for the NM State Fair is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (aged 62+) and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. Children aged 5 and under get in free

The State Fair opens at 10 am, and the Midway carnival opens at 11 am.  The New Mexico State Fair’s final day is Sunday September 25, 2011.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair Buy One Get One Free Admission

September 20, 2011 by  
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The New Mexico State Fair 2011 is in its last week here in Albuquerque. The State Fair’s final day is September 25, and if you missed our earlier posts, here are some ways to nab a deal before the State Fair fun is over for another year.

On Wednesday 21 September you can get Buy One Get One Free admission to the NM State Fair. When you purchase a ticket at the regular price, they’ll give you a second ticket of equal or lesser value totally free. 

Save $5 on daily ride wristbands on Wednesday and Thursday, when the ride wristbands are $15, instead of the usual $20 for wristbands every other day. Buy them at the fair at Murphy Bros. booths.

You can also get Buy One Get One Free admission on any day, using the Creamland Dairy Coupon on Creamland milk cartons. 

If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a hefty discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707

Regular admission for the NM State Fair is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (aged 62+) and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under 5 get in free

The final New Mexico State Fair food promotion by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture offers a free food tasting, and the chance to find out more about our fabulous New Mexico agricultural industry. 

The New Mexico state vegetables promotion on Saturday September 24 is from 12 noon – 3 pm in the Agriculture Building Courtyard.  Taste pinto beans and chile to keep your engine stoked at the fair. We have two designated state vegetables because…. because why should we restrict ourselves to one? Apparently the 1965 state legislature agreed, and decided that chile and frijoles are inseparable. Like Brangelina. Only less weird. And you can trust a bowl of beans and chile not to run off with your husband.

Parking at the State Fair Grounds is $7, although some parking lots just outside the grounds may charge less…. and others may charge more. So look around for the best parking deal before hitching your wagon.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair Buy One Get One Free Admission

September 14, 2011 by  
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The 2011 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque runs to September 25, and if you missed our earlier posts, here are some ways to save on State Fair admission.

Admission for the NM State Fair is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (aged 62+) and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under 5 get in free

BUT today Wednesday 14 September they’re offering Buy One Get One Free admission. When you buy a ticket at regular price, they’ll give you a second ticket of equal or lesser value totally free.

The BOGO free deal will also run on Wednesday 21 September.

Other ways to save at the State Fair:

  • Creamland Dairy Coupon: Buy One Get One Free admission on any day, using the coupon on Creamland milk cartons. 
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a hefty discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707
  • Two for One Rodeo-Concert Tickets: While at the State Fair, buy a copy of the Albuquerque Journal containing the Journal’s Fair Deal coupon book. You’ll find two for the price of one Rodeo-Concert tickets for remaining seats.
  • Daily Ride Wristbands: On Wednesdays and Thursdays, daily ride wristbands are $15. On Friday through Sunday you’ll pay $20. Buy them at the fair at Murphy Bros. booths.

New Mexico State Fair food events and promotions by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture include free food tastings of all kinds of locally grown delicacies, and the chance to find out more about our fabulous New Mexico agricultural industry. All events will be held in the Agriculture Building Courtyard, and on the roster this week we have:   

  • Saturday, September 17:  Battle of the Salsas from 1 – 3 pm. This is a people’s choice award, which means you get to sample some of the New Mexico salsas and make your vote. Oh dear, how can I decide? Can I just try that one again??? A press release from the NMDA says there will be a new surprise in 2011 for this popular event, but they won’t say what it is. My guess is salsa dancing, but that’s only a very wild guess.
  • Sunday September 18: New Mexico organic food promotion from 10 am – 1 pm. Apparently organic farming in New Mexico is a $67 million industry. I’m not totally surprised as I think I alone spend nearly that much each week at the farmer’s market. (Mr Cheap requires a lot of feeding.) Anyway, the NMDA will be grilling up organic fruits and vegetables for you to taste, and when you’re not digging in, you can also chat with some organic produce farmers, and see the new Certified Organic by NMDA logo to help identify organic goodies in stores.

Parking at the State Fair Grounds is $7, although some parking lots just outside the grounds charged less ($5) last year. Others charged more ($10) so look around for the best parking deal before hitching your wagon.

The fair and rides will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays this year, although agricultural contests will continue to take place on those days, and the public is welcome to attend.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

–Tania

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NM State Fair Food Promotions and Freebies

September 8, 2011 by  
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The New Mexico State Fair 2011 runs from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 25, with the State Fair Parade on September 10. We already posted about New Mexico State Fair discounts, but here’s a heads-up on food events and promotions by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

These include free food tastings of all kinds of locally grown delicacies, and the chance to find out more about our fabulous New Mexico agricultural industry, which has an economic impact of nearly $6 billion. The events and treats are all free to fairgoers, from the c-o-o-l dairy ice cream social to the h-h-hot Battle of the Salsas. All events will be held in the Agriculture Building Courtyard.  

Saturday September 10: Ice cream social and New Mexico dairy and nut promotion from 2 – 4 pm. Try a free cup of Creamland ice cream, topped with your choice of New Mexico nuts. (Some of my best friends are New Mexico nuts. I’m sure they’d pay me the same compliment.) NM Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will also be at the ice cream social to chat with fairgoers. Erm…hello? It’s free ice cream. If I were Secretary of Agriculture I’d turn up for this event too!

Sunday September 11: New Mexico watermelon and beef promotion from 11 am – 2 pm. It’s the annual watermelon carving demonstration, usually featuring some remarkably elaborate shapes, plus they’re grillling New Mexico beef hotdogs for visitors. A professional chef will share techniques and tools to carve watermelons, so you can go home and carve up a lovely sculpture of your own. Perhaps the view from Sandia Peak.

Saturday, September 17:  Battle of the Salsas from 1 – 3 pm. This is a people’s choice award, which means you get to sample some of the New Mexico salsas and make your vote. Oh dear, how can I decide? Can I just try that one again??? A press release from the NMDA says there will be a new surprise in 2011 for this popular event, but they won’t say what it is. My guess is salsa dancing, but that’s only a very wild guess.

Sunday September 18: New Mexico organic food promotion from 10 am – 1 pm. Apparently organic farming in New Mexico is a $67 million industry. I’m not totally surprised as I think I alone spend nearly that much each week at the farmer’s market. (Mr Cheap requires a lot of feeding.) Anyway, the NMDA will be grilling up organic fruits and vegetables for you to taste, and when you’re not digging in, you can also chat with some organic produce farmers, and see the new Certified Organic by NMDA logo to help identify organic goodies in stores.

Saturday September 24: New Mexico state vegetables promotion from 12 noon – 3 pm. Taste pinto beans and chile to keep your engine stoked at the fair. We have two designated state vegetables because…. because why should we restrict ourselves to one? Apparently the 1965 state legislature agreed, and decided that chile and frijoles are inseparable. Like Brangelina. Only less weird. And you can trust a bowl of beans and chile not to run off with your husband.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s County Store will also be open Wednesdays through Sundays at the State Fair, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and selling New Mexico food products, as well as offering samples to taste. A portion of proceeds from the County Store go to student scholarships awarded by the Rio Rancho Rotary Club.

Of course there will be tons of regular food vendors, and the newest offering at the NM State Fair will be chocolate-covered bacon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The New Mexico State Fair is open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, when they’ll have agricultural contests (the public is welcome to those too, but the fair rides and main activities are closed.) The location is Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

–Tania

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New Mexico State Fair 2011 Discounts and Freebies

September 6, 2011 by  
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The 2011 New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque runs from September 9 to 25, with the NM State Fair Parade on Saturday September 10.

Admission for the NM State Fair is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (aged 62+) and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under 5 get in free

BUT here’s a bunch of ways to get discount NM State Fair tickets, and maybe even free tickets!

  • Friday September 9:  Admission is a bargain $2 on the State Fair opening day, for any age.
  • Saturday September 10:  During the New Mexico State Fair Parade, officials will mosey along the route and give away around 5,000 free 2011 State Fair admission tickets.  ***Update: Just received another press release from NM State Fair saying they’re giving out 5,000 free CHILD tickets, although the original didn’t make that distinction and they didn’t recall their previous bulletin. So maybe it’s 5,000 for adults and 5,000 for kids, or maybe it’s just for kids. Either way, turn up and look hopeful and you may score a free ticket! The parade starts at 8:45 am at the corner of Louisiana and Central, heading east along Central to Eubank. It ends about three years later. (It’s a jolly long parade!)
  • Wednesday 14 September:  Buy One Get One Free admission. When you buy a ticket at regular price, they’ll give you a second ticket of equal or lesser value totally free.
  • Wednesday 21 September: Buy One Get One Free admission. When you buy a ticket at regular price, they’ll give you a second ticket of equal or lesser value totally free.
  • Creamland Dairy Coupon: Buy One Get One Free admission on any day, using the coupon on Creamland milk cartons. 
  • Find 24 Friends:  If you have a super-large family or an awful lot of people you’d like to go gnaw turkey legs with, a group of 25 or more gets a hefty discount. Contact the box office for info:  (505) 222-9707
  • Two for One Rodeo-Concert Tickets: While at the State Fair, buy a copy of the Albuquerque Journal containing the Journal’s Fair Deal coupon book. You’ll find two for the price of one Rodeo-Concert tickets for remaining seats.
  • Daily Ride Wristbands: On Wednesdays and Thursdays, daily ride wristbands are $15. On Friday through Sunday you’ll pay $20. Buy them at the fair at Murphy Bros. booths.

Parking at the State Fair Grounds is $7, although some parking lots just outside the grounds charged less ($5) last year. Others charged more ($10) so look around for the best parking deal before hitching your wagon.

The fair and rides will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays this year, although agricultural contests will continue to take place on those days, and the public is welcome to attend.

The New Mexico State Fair is held at Albuquerque’s EXPO New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

–Tania

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Free NM State Fair Evening of the Arts

September 6, 2011 by  
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The New Mexico State Fair is coming on September 9 to 25, 2011, with the NM State Fair Parade on Saturday September 10. We’ll update later on State Fair discounts and freebies.

Meanwhile, on Thursday September 8 you can go to the free art preview: Evening of the Arts.

The evening kicks off at 5 pm with an awards ceremony for New Mexico artists at EXPO New Mexico’s Box Car stage, just inside the Main Gate. 

From 6 – 8 pm the fairground galleries will be open to wander around and view the artwork on display (and for sale) for the NM State Fair.  According to the press release from the New Mexico State Fair, they’ll also serve light hors d’oeuvres.  (Sounds terribly posh. Mini turkey legs à la chiffonade de funnel cake, perhaps?)

The EXPO New Mexico galleries are: Fine Arts, Hispanic Arts, Native American Indian Arts and African American Arts.

This should be a fun free event to get in to the mood for the State Fair, with some good-for-the-soul art before we all dig into the bad-for-the-hips chocolate-covered bacon once the State Fair opens for real.  Oh yes, chocolate-covered bacon is one of the new food snacks at the fair this year. You’ll have to pay for the bacon, but watch this space as the week rolls on for details about the free food promos at the State Fair.

I’ll give you the link to the New Mexico State Fair website (www.exponm.com/fair), but to be honest I haven’t been able to access it for ten days, and the EXPO New Mexico website (www.exponm.com) that hosts the State Fair goes to a page about some oil and lubricant company. I asked the State Fair about this and they say they haven’t been hacked. So is it just me and the three computers here at Cheap Central?

–Tania

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NM State Fair Rodeo-Concerts and Free Fair Admission

August 26, 2011 by  
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New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner, from September 9 to 25, 2011, with the NM State Fair Parade (my favorite part of the whole shebang!) on Saturday September 10.

But I’m here to tell you that if you’re buying tickets for the State Fair Rodeo-Concerts, grab them now!  Rodeo-Concerts tickets purchased by Wednesday August 31 include free admission to the State Fair too.  That saves you $7 on the regular adult admission.

The Rodeo-Concerts at Tingley Coliseum combine the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo with a different music concert each night. Ticket prices vary in the range of $16 to $37.50, depending on the show and the seats.  That’s already a good deal for the evening’s entertainment. Throw in free State Fair admission and it’s even more likely to please the cowboys (and gals)!

The Rodeo-Concerts start at 7 pm and performers this year are:

  • Easton Corbin on Thursday September 15
  • Craig Morgan on Friday September 16
  • Rodney Atkins on Saturday September 17
  • David Nail on Thursday September 22
  • Restless Heart on Friday September 23
  • Joe Diffie on Saturday September 24

Buy State Fair Rodeo-Concert tickets from Ticketmaster or from the EXPO New Mexico box office through August 31 to get free gate admission to the NM State Fair too. After that, you’re paying your own way into the State Fair!

–Tania

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