Los Alamos National Bank won first place in the 2013 Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo Parade for best capturing the essence of the ‘100 Years of Homesteading’ theme. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
With the new school season around the corner, the County of Los Alamos is giving families an excuse to enjoy one last summer weekend trip with the Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo, Aug. 8-10.
“This family-oriented County Fair and Rodeo gives families something fun to do before the start of another school year and the end of summer,” said Suzette Fox, executive director, Los Alamos MainStreet. “We hope the event contributes to the overall feeling of well being in the community by giving both locals and visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with downtown Los Alamos, while also allowing local businesses to have incentive opportunities.”
The three-day event kicks off 5-8 p.m Friday, Aug. 8 with exhibits at Mesa Public Library. Everything from locally made art and arts and crafts to baked goods will be on display.
Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m., Central Avenue will be lined with decorated floats centered on the theme, “Celebrate Los Alamos.” Awards will be given to the first, second and third best floats as determined by judges.
Following the parade, visitors can wander through a maze of tents on the lawn behind Fuller Lodge at the 37th annual Arts and Crafts Fair, until 4 p.m., where more than 100 local artisans will be selling their handmade art, jewelry, pottery, crafts and whimsical items. At 11 a.m., Fair and Rodeo vendors will be on hand at Ashley Pond Park.
The County Rodeo is staged at Brewer Arena on North Mesa, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed at 5 p.m. by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge. The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips. The dinner and dance are $15 for adults or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance 7-11 p.m. is provided by The Rifters. Proceeds benefit the historic Posse Lodge.
The Rodeo continues at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Brewer Arena.
Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four (check or cash only please).
For more information, call Suzette Fox at 505.661.4844 or visit losalamosnm.us/rec/Programs/Pages/CountyFairRodeo.aspx. Registration for the parade ends July 31. To register, visit Los Alamos County’s website.