ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Besides the usual attractions at the New Mexico State Fair, fairgoers looking for a cool brew have two new watering holes this year where they can slake their thirst. Fair officials hope the additions will translate to additional revenues.
For years, the fair has had three beer gardens clustered around
the southern end of Expo New Mexico’s Main Street. This year, The Stables Lounge, at the north end of Main Street, and The Bucking Bar, near the entrance of Tingley Coliseum, will address two concerns addressed by past fairgoers, said Expo general manager Dan Mourning.
“Last year we had some people on the north end of the fairgrounds saying they had to go too far to get a beer, and they didn’t want to leave their kids that long,” Mourning said Wednesday during a quick, rainy tour of the venues. Many of the fair’s livestock shows and agricultural events take place at that end of the fairgrounds, he said, and it was a long walk to the beer gardens.