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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Eddy County Fair officials, along with representatives of Artesia and Eddy County, pause for a photo before cutting the ribbon officially signifying the opening of the 72nd Annual Eddy County Fair Monday evening at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. The fair will continue through Saturday with a full slate of youth livestock shows and other events. The exhibit buildings are open to the public till 9 p.m., and of course, residents will want to head out to sample the ever-popular fair food. Keep an eye on the front page of each day’s Daily Press for a schedule of that evening and the next day’s events. Residents are also reminded that the intersection of 13th Street and Hermosa Drive is inaccessible, meaning motorists will have to travel east to First Street or west to 26th Street to reach Fairgrounds Road.

Wednesday, July 26

Till 9 p.m. – Exhibit Building and Eddy County Community Center open to the public.
5 p.m. – Carnival
5:30 p.m. – Booster meat goat show (show ring)
6 p.m. – Meat goat show (show ring)
7-8 p.m. – Entries for flower Show will be accepted (Eddy County Community Center)

Thursday, July 27

8 a.m. – Poultry show (show ring)
8-10 a.m. – Entries for flower Show will be accepted (Eddy County Community Center)
9:30 a.m. – Breeding heifer show (show ring)
10 a.m. – Market steer show (show ring)
10:30 a.m. – Flower show entries will be judged (Eddy County Community Center)
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Exhibit Building and Eddy County Community Center open to the public.
12-1:30 p.m. – Entries for the Pecan Contest will be accepted.
5 p.m. – Carnival
5:30 p.m. – Lead Class (show ring)
7 p.m. – Pecan Contest Auction (show ring)
8:30-11:30 p.m. – Dance

Friday, July 28

9 a.m. – Booster swine show; adult pig show (show ring)
10 a.m. – Horse show (covered arena); Exhibit Building and Eddy County Community Center open to the public (till 10 p.m.)
2 p.m. – “Jack Rauch” Anvil Toss (show ring)
4 p.m. – Chili cook-off
5 p.m. – Carnival
6 p.m. – 4-H and FFA awards presentation (show ring)
8 p.m. – Bullriding (Horse Council Open arena)
8:30-11:30 p.m. – Dance

Saturday, July 29

7:30-9 a.m. – Buyer’s Breakfast (food court)
9 a.m. – 4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Auction (show ring)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Exhibit Building and Eddy County Community Center open to the public.
5 p.m. – Carnival
8 p.m. – Bullriding (Horse Council open arena)