Living Well Los Alamos: County Fair Exhibits

Extension Home Economist

The Los Alamos County fair is Saturday, Aug. 13.

The fair provides an opportunity to show off tour skills and talents. This year we will accept entries in Clothing, Knitting, Crochet, Needlework, Quilts, Baked Goods, Preserved Foods, Hobbies and Crafts, Fine Arts, Photography, Horticulture and 4-H Projects.

Following judging, ribbons are assigned and the exhibits are displayed for the public to view. Best of the Best awards will be presented in each of the following categories: Fiber Arts, Creative Arts, Culinary Arts and Horticulture.

Paperwork for early entries may be completed online at Early entry is not necessary but does simplify the process.

The deadline for early entry is July 31. Otherwise exhibits may be entered 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 p.m. upstairs in the Mesa Public Library. Age categories include youth and adult.

Exhibit viewing begins Friday, Aug. 12. Earlybird viewing for those needing assistance is available 4-5 p.m and public viewing is 5-8 p.m.

Additionally exhibits are open for viewing 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.13. All exhibits must be picked up from the Mesa Public Library between 4-5 p.m. that evening.

A few notes to consider about exhibit entries:

All work must have been completed since the previous fair.

  • Youth entries must be entirely the work of the youth.
  • Preserved foods will not be opened and tasted. Instead they are judged on clarity, headspace, uniformity, color etc. Items must be exhibited in regulation canning jars with lid and ring.
  • Garments meant for wearing are accepted but must be clean and pressed.
  • No refrigeration is available and therefore no perishable items, including whipped cream toppings or cream pies will be accepted in any baking class.
  • Photographic prints must be matted, but not framed.
  • Horticulture entries should be at the proper stage of maturity.

This year we hope to see more exhibit entries. A printed copy of the exhibit book will be available in the upcoming weeks. Information can also be found on the Los Alamos Extension website. See you at the fair!
Helen Idzorek is the Extension Home Economist and 4-H Agent for NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. She can be reached via email at or at 505.662.2656. The Los Alamos County Cooperative Extension Service is in the Community Building at 475 20th St., Suite A, in Los Alamos.