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Family Fun Gets Underway Today At 2017 Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo ... Festivities Through Sunday

on August 11, 2017 - 9:41am
The 2017 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Courtesy/LA MainStreet


As summer vacations begin to wrap up, Los Alamos—the place where discoveries are made and the palce of “100 Aha Moments”—offers one more opportunity for families to get outdoors and enjoy a fun-filled weekend trip with the Annual Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo kicking off today and running through Sunday.
“The County Fair and Rodeo is always a fun-filled time for families to enjoy right before the start of the school year,” said Kelly Stewart, marketing specialist for Los Alamos County. “All summer long, people have been discovering their ‘100 Aha moments’ through our 100 Days of Summer Program, and this is another great opportunity to savor the sights, sounds and experiences of summer. From the parade to the fair and from the food and fun to arts and crafts, music, and rodeo, the fair and rodeo is a full three days of activity. We hope all will take advantage of this chance to hit the road and take the family for one more trip before school starts up again in the fall.”
The fair kicked off at 8 a.m. today with a Pool Tournament at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the opening of the County Fair Exhibits at Mesa Library is at 5 p.m. and the Summer Concert Series, featuring live music from Dale Watson playing Americana and roots/rock is at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond Park today.
The fun continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with the Festival & Fair at Ashley Pond Park and the Arts & Crafts Show at Fuller Lodge. The 39th annual Arts and Crafts Fair is part of the annual County Fair and Rodeo, and hosts more than 100 local artisans who will be selling their handmade art, jewelry, pottery, crafts and whimsical items on Fuller Lodge Lawn.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, the County Fair Exhibits open at the Library and the parade down Central Avenue takes place. The parade theme is “Legends of the Ranch School,” celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School.
Once again this year, the County rodeo will be staged at Brewer Arena on North Mesa, with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at 5 p.m. Saturday only, at the Posse Lodge, with proceeds benefiting the historic Posse Lodge. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and the Country Western Dance with live music begins at 7 p.m. with Mike Montiel.
Sunday, Aug. 13 features the rodeo at Brewer Arena and a watermelon-eating contest. Sunday also is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” to promote breast cancer awareness.  
Admission fees for the Rodeo are FREE for 2 and under; $5 for Youth (3-17) and Seniors (60+), $8 Adult (18-59) and $25 for a family of four (check or cash only please). For a full schedule of events, locations and times, visit http://losalamosmainstreet. com/events/fairandrodeo/ or and search “events”.
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