New Mexico State Fair to go on as planned but virtually

The New Mexico State Fair is going virtual in 2020. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico State Fair is going all virtual.

Organizers in June had decided to cancel the annual event due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, they announced that the fair will instead by held entirely online.

State Fair General Manager Dan Mourning said the event has always been a celebration of innovation and that fair staff had to pivot this year to come up with creative ways to bring the fair home for New Mexico residents.

There will still be 4-H and Future Farmers of America virtual competitions. There will also be online contests in cake decorating, flower arranging, photography and designing a poster for next year’s fair.

Video entries for the various competitions will be accepted until Aug. 31.

Musicians who would have performed live at the fair will do so digitally. Vendors will also be selling merchandise on the fair’s web page.

Viewers can check out the event on the fair’s website and social media channels.

The fair runs from Sept. 14 through Sept. 20.

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