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2014 New Mexico State Fair, Expo NM, Sept 10-21

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The annual New Mexico State Fair that began in 1881 is returning to Albuquerque on September 10. The state fair will run for 12 consecutive days from September 10 to 21 with promising fun filled with rides, music, food, culture, rodeo and so much more. The first weekend will kick off with a parade down Central Avenue leading up the the fairgrounds on September 13 at 9 am. The prices are as follows: $10 for adults, $7 Seniors and Children and free for kids under 5 years old. It will be located at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds between the streets of Central, San Pedro, Lomas and Louisiana. Hours are 10 am- 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am - 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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How can you save money at the fair?

See Expo New Mexico's website for the complete list of deals and discounts including the following promotions. Some deal days you can look forward to include $2 Day on September 11, Dollar Day on September 15 and TwoFer Tuesday on September 16. You can also save money on admission and carnival tickets if you purchase them early from Walgreens. Parking is free again this year.

Admission will cover entrance to many attractions including the McDonalds farm, 4-H exhibits and more. You can visit the Spanish Village, Indian Village and African American Pavillion for music, performances, art and great food. There is always a wide variety of food sold around the fair, including lemonade, turkey legs, fried foods, corn on the cob, ribbon fries and much more. You can even reuse your lemonade cup purchased from the midway for a discount year after year.

As you walk in to the fair, be sure to buy an Albuquerque Journal as they usually have a coupon booklet worth much more than the $0.50 you pay for it. The coupons are good on some rides not in the midway, lots of food options, good and services. Also, some people forgo the New Mexico State Fair altogether and go to Cliff's Amusement Park instead.

Here's a preview of concert series headeliners, via Chiff.com.

Concert Series Headliners:

  • The Henningsens - Friday, September 12
  • Old Dominion - Saturday, September 13
  • Gloriana - Wednesday, September 17
  • Danielle Bradbery - Friday, September 19
  • Dustin Lynch - Thursday, September 18
  • Thompson Square - Saturday, September 20

See the virtual state fair online here if you want to reminiscence about what the fair is like, or check it out if you've never been before.

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