County fairs are an institution across the country. They aren’t peculiar to any particular region, and they are not just an agricultural event. County fairs offer an opportunity for folks with all sorts of interests and ability to display their efforts, materials, produce and products for display and judging. Although the fair is considered an exhibitor event, it attracts far more spectators than exhibitors by design.

Otero County covers the second largest area of all the counties in New Mexico. Our county fair is by far the largest event in the county, and attracts exhibitors from across the entire county. The location of the fairgrounds, in Alamogordo, make it convenient for visitors from across town, the county and adjacent areas to visit our fair, spend time in our county seat and avail themselves of the services in town.

The Fair Association, with help of the county commission and the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, has operated our county fair for almost 80 years. The fairgrounds is owned and maintained by Otero County, much the same as the roads and public buildings. The volunteers from the chamber of commerce manage the commercial portion in the pavilion, the carnival, and the ticket sales. The fair association attends to the exhibits, judging and the junior livestock sale.

Not all fairs benefit from this unique cooperative effort among groups directly involved welfare and quality of life constituents. We are proud of this long standing, cooperative, and successful arrangement, and encourage everyone from near and far to come out and enjoy our Otero County Fair.
Bill Mershon