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It’s State Fair time

Adrian Gomez

Adrian Gomez

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico State Fair always brings plenty of family fun.

From food and rides to the rodeos and concerts, there’s something for everyone.

This year’s annual event is a big one – 75 years of fair fun – and it’s already begun. (The event kicked off on Wednesday).

The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association is back with its cowboys and competitions.

There’s also a slew of concerts that will be held at good ol’ Tingley Coliseum.

From pop to country to rock, the music schedule is full of talent.

One of those performers, Zendaya, is making her New Mexico debut at the fair.

Odds are – if you have children – you know the 17-year-old triple-threat as Rocky from the Disney Channel’s hit TV show, “Shake It Up.” Others may know her from her stint on this past season of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she finished in second place.

Zendaya is touring in support of her upcoming, self-titled debut album, which she says is full of positivity.

I caught up with Zendaya while she was filming a new Disney Channel movie in Canada, and she says she is looking forward to turning over a new page with her music career. She performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Tingley Coliseum.

• Don’t have time to visit some of the area’s most popular breweries in a day? No worries, Son of Septemberfest has it covered. Sample beers from 12 New Mexico breweries participating in the Sept. 21 event at Marble Brewery. Each of the beers selected for the event are special, meaning they are not part of the participating breweries regular lineups. See story.

• Another concert to watch out for is Hanson. The trio of brothers is back with a new album, “Anthem,” and a tour. It’s been more than 15 years since the teens broke into the mainstream with their hit single “MMMBop.” Those days of pop are behind them and the boys have grown into men with a blues vibe. They will perform at the KiMo Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. See story.