Catron County celebrates with 58th annual county fair

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Catron County held its 58th annual fair in Reserve on Aug.21 through 25. The fair featured the usual —livestock show and sale, 4-H and FFA and other exhibits from youth and adults, vendor booths, a junior rodeo and of course, a dance. Special this year was that the fair was a stop for the Ride for the 4-H Clover riders, who rode over 600 miles to raise awareness and funds for 4-H in New Mexico.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The open youth division of the horticulture vegetable gardening competition has some large winning entries at the Catron County Fair on Aug. 21-25.

Approximately 45 riders made a stop on Saturday, during the junior rodeo, and were presented with belt buckles and key chains made by 4-H members. Riders also had time to indulge in some “fair food,” and enjoy the exhibits briefly, before continuing on to Socorro that evening.

The motto of the county fair is “celebrating the youth of our county.” This was evident in the exhibits, displays and events on the schedule. The focus was on 4-H and FFA projects and activities, including livestock showing and sales, horsemanship and showmanship, horticulture and agriculture exhibits, as well as arts, crafts, fiber arts, leather and wood works, and other competitions.

The fair also feature a two-day junior rodeo. There were also exhibits and vendors to entertain and inform adults, who play the important role of spectator in the youth competitions.