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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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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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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10,000 Free State Fair Admissions

September 11, 2009 by  
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We received a press release yesterday that states 10,000 free admissions to the New Mexico State Fair will be distributed along the parade route tomorrow, September 12, 2009. The release doesn’t specify any other details, such as how the free admission coupons will be distributed, who’s doing it, etc.

So, if you plan to attend tomorrow’s State Fair Parade, be on the lookout for those free admissions! The parade starts at 8:45am at the corner of Louisiana and Central and move east along Central Ave for about 2.5 miles to Eubank Blvd. Stake out the best viewing points early!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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2009 New Mexico State Fair on the Cheap

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2009_state_fair_logoYep, the 2009 New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner. In fact, it runs September 11-27. And there’s no reason to pay full price for any of it. We’ve got the skinny on all the ways to get free or cheap gate admission (tickets) to the State Fair, plus discounted rodeo tickets, discount ride passes, and much more!

  1. Half Price Admission (Almost): Purchase a Family Package and get almost half-price State Fair tickets. This package includes 5 gate admissions (tickets) to the fair and costs just $20. That’s only $4 per ticket! With adult admission running $7 per ticket, you save up to $3 off each ticket. (Buy the Family Package at the New Mexico State Fair Box Office; see below.)
  2. Free Gate Admission: Buy concert tickets in advance (before August 31, 2009), and receive FREE gate admission! The State Fair concert lineup includes Montgomery Gentry and Huey Lewis & the News.
  3. 15% off Rides: Purchase a Discount Mega Ride Pass before September 10, 2009, for $70 and save 15% off the regular price, plus get FREE gate admission!
  4. 25% off Rodeo + Concert Tickets: Act quickly! Buy a bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Reserve wine, then enter the password included with your purchase to score 25% off the $18 PRCA rodeo and concert tickets through Ticketmaster. This promotion expires 8/31/09.
  5. Third Way to get Free Gate Admission: Buy full price PRCA Rodeo and Concert tickets at any price point (from $13 to $21 each) and receive free gate admission — worth up to $7 per ticket!
  6. Save Up to $1600: At least, that’s the claim. Buy a “Fair Deal” coupon book for $5 when you pick up your tickets at the Box Office and save on all kinds of fair-related stuff, including Rail Runner transportation, rides, vendors, sponsors, and much more.
  7. Cheap Transportation: Parking on the fairgrounds will cost $5 per day, and the private, outlying lots will be equally expensive. And, frankly, ABQ Ride’s Park-n-Ride service will save you the traffic and parking headache, but at $4 per adult (roundtrip), it won’t save you much dough. However, you can buy an ABQ Ride 1-Day Pass for just $2 for adults and get unlimited rides. You can also buy a 2-Day Pass for $4 or a 3-Day Pass for $6. It’s probably the cheapest way to get to the fair and back. Plus, you can buy the passes directly from the bus driver, so it’s convenient. Kids age 10 through high school with a valid school ID can ride for just 35¢ each way, and children under age 10 ride the bus for FREE!
  8. Free Pageantry: The annual State Fair Parade will be held Saturday, September 12 (2009), and it’s absolutely FREE! Be sure to stake out your spot along the route early. The parade begins at 8:45am at the corner of Louisiana and Central. It then travels east on Central Ave for approximately two miles. Our favorite viewing spot is at Roper’s Restaurant just east of Central and Wyoming. Get there early, park in the restaurant’s parking lot, enjoy a fantastic cooked-to-order breakfast, and then retire to the curb to watch the parade pass. Most importantly, you can make a quick (and relatively painless) getaway by exiting from the south side of the parking lot onto Zuni. Buh-bye traffic congestion.

Mega Ride Passes, concert tickets, and PRCA Rodeo and Concert tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster using the links above.

Tickets for gate admission and the Fair Deal coupon book may be purchased now at the State Fair Box Office. To get there, enter through Gate 3, at the stoplight on San Pedro between Lomas and Central; at the stop sign inside the fairgrounds, turn left; look for the turquoise awnings; park and walk to the awnings to buy your tickets. The Box Office currently is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00am – 2:00pm, but hours will be extended as fair time draws closer.

You can find out each day’s schedule, special events, and gate hours at the NM State Fair website. When you attend the fair, don’t forget to take (and drink!) plenty of water, apply sunscreen, and use other sunblocking tactics, such as hats and umbrellas — especially for the little ones. Have a great time and stay safe!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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