About the Fair

History

The Otero County Fair and Rodeo held annually at the Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo, NM has a rich history dating back to September 1936. During World War II 1942-1945 no fair was held due to the War.  Fair resumed in 1946 and in 1948 our first Rodeo was held. In 1955 Frontier Village opened for the first time with booths, shows and musical specials. In 1963 the first Junior Livestock Sale was held.

Over the years the fair has evolved to include a wide range of activities and events such as livestock shows, rodeo competitions, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, arts and crafts exhibits, farm products, weaving, food vendors, retail vendors and educational displays. The fair provides an opportunity for the community to display their talents, compete in various contests and socialize with friends and neighbors. 

The Otero County Fair & Rodeo is a beloved tradition, attracting people from near and far to come together and celebrate the agricultural heritage and community spirit of Otero County.

As the fair continues to evolve and grow, it remains an important cultural event that showcases the best of what Otero County has to offer. The Otero County Fair Association is committed to keeping the fair free of entry charge. A big thank you to our Friends of the Fair who help make this possible!

Fair Board Members

The mission of the Otero County Fair Board is to provide an event that is open to all residents of Otero County based on the values of honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, and showmanship. 

Dean Hacket

Chairman

Sheila Coca

Vice Chair

Beth Lucero

Secretary/Treasurer

Andy Carrell

Board Member

Gerold Green

Board Member

Dusty Wold

Board Member

Melene Street

Board Member

Kelly Knight

Board Member

FAQs

Is outside food & drink allowed?

No outside food or drink is allowed.  With many food and beverage vendors onsite, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Do vendors accept credit/debit?

Most vendors will accept multiple payment types, however, having cash on hand for the few that do not accept cards would be advisable.  There are two ATMs on site.

What about safety & emergency services?

The Otero County Fair has a Security and First Aid Station onsite during the Fair.  The Sheriff’s Mobile Office is just inside the Main entry gate.  First Aid Station will be located in the Emergency Services Trailer near the entrance to the Fair as well.  

What time are exhibit deliveries?

You can drop off your Fine Arts, Photography, and Home Arts on the Saturday before the Fair from 9am to Noon. Baked Goods and Food Preservation drop off is the Tuesday of Fair Week from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Drop off at 401 Fairgrounds Rd in the Exhibit Building.

When can I pick up my Home Arts entries?

Pick up for all Home Arts, Fine Arts, Photography etc. is the Sunday after the Fair from 8 am to 11 am.

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