Come catch the scent of the fair

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Fairs smell.

There are corn dogs and corn on the cob.

There are flowers in one place and cows and horses in another.

There can be no disputing it, the Socorro County Fair will have its share of scents to assault the visitor’s nose.

Mostly though, those scents are about community — about what the child experiences when the bull drops him on the dirt or the fair queen gets when she buries her face in her winning barrel racing horse’s mane.

Then there is the fresh scent of the sale ring cakes and other made-from-scratch baked goods. Those hopeful exciting scents looking for a win.

The scent of pancakes and bacon will be filling the air Saturday morning as the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church fundraiser welcomes fair goers for a mere $6 a plate.

But if you are not there Saturday morning there are always turkey legs, Navajo tacos and fry bread, sno cones, cold drinks, popcorn, hamburgers with spicy cedar and pinon smoke wafting through the air.

Of course there are glorious roses vying with aromatic verbina in the flower rows and quilts and fiber arts have their own special scents — scents of home and soft comfort.

New car scent will also be easy to find as Monette Ford will have its newest vehicle offerings for visitors to gawk over.

Sights then get to argue with the sounds. Children painted with cotton candy stickiness, color clashes in the clothing and 4-H model areas, and many shades of brown and dirty white in the critter areas.

Sun Valley Rides out of Peoria, Ariz. has brought light and speed with its carnival as well as the normal musical cacophony associated with the rides.

The parade at 10 a.m., Saturday shows off the best of the best flowing, marching and dancing along.

There are the voices of friends to look forward to and catching a glimpse of someone you haven’t seen since last year. Sitting next to that booth with so-and-so and catching up with the adventures of her sons and travails of her daughters.

And then … there is rodeo.