The New Mexico State Truthful begins on Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Crews are preparing for this year’s state fair, the largest event in the country since before the pandemic. COVID-19 restrictions have put a damper on some popular events, but what about others? Organizers said that despite some of the challenges they face from the pandemic, this will still be one of the best trade shows with more entertainment than ever.

It has been more than a year since New Mexicans flooded Expo New Mexico with food, fun, and rides at the fair. But now the time has finally come. The 11-day event opens this Thursday with hundreds of acts and other local entertainers longing to return.

“The local bands and people who come here and entertain are just banging in our door, we have a waiting list of people coming here,” said Dan Mourning, general manager of Expo New Mexico. “All of our stages are full.”

Mourning also said they more than doubled the number of attractions, including a sea lion spectacle and a parakeet show among others. Mourning said that despite some concerns that COVID could have an impact on what popular events will be held at this year’s fair, people shouldn’t worry as there will still be plenty of rides, dancers, art exhibitions and, of course, lots of food .

“With the food concessionaires alone, we only have 60 to 70 different concessionaires,” says Mourning. “That doesn’t include the Midway, which has its own 15 to 20 different grocery vendors.”

Of course there will be some changes at the fair due to the pandemic. Including the government mandate that the fair requires guests to have a vaccination card to enter and wear masks indoors, which for some is reason enough not to go.

“I know because of the pandemic and all that stuff we want to worry about it,” said Troy Campo. “But to the extreme of what most states do, they follow each other, I disagree and can spend my money elsewhere.”

The organizers understand why some won’t come, but hope they will in the future.

“We understand these are some unprecedented times,” said Mourning. “We’ll miss you this year, but I guarantee we’ll see you next year.”

Although vaccinations are required, certain religious or medical exemptions are allowed, but these must also be accompanied by a negative COVID test performed within 48 hours. The organizers said the fair was always looking for volunteers and workers.

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