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Bosque Farms Community Fair History

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The Bosque Farms Fair Association welcomes you to the annual Bosque Farms Community Fair!  We hope you will find this year's fair in keeping with the community spirit of the very first fair still celebrated in New Mexico, reflecting the pride our residents still have in their community.

It all started with "basket lunches" and community in 1936!

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In 1936, the Bosque Farms Extension Club was organized with 100% of the membership being women who resided in Bosque Farms.  In the summer of 1939, under the supervision of Crystal Carpenter, the Extension Club decided to sponsor a community get-together and picnic, which would become the Bosque Farms Community Fair.  The motto for the first fair was "Bigger and Better."  The refreshment stand was sponsored by the Extension Club and the proceeds were used as cash prizes for the children's races.  The initial fair was limited to sewing, cooking exhibits and a few 4-H events.  As time went on, interest grew and exhibits such as canning and produce were introduced.  The inside exhibits were housed in the newly built Bosque Farms school, while the school grounds were used for the outdoor events.  Lunch was a "basket lunch," where every family brought their own food with the exception of a meat dish, which was provided by the fair.  At noon, the "basket lunch" food was spread out and everyone enjoyed lunch and socializing.  The Fair was almost always topped off with the country dance.  For the first few years, the Fair was held on Labor Day.​The Bosque Farms Community Fair Association was eventually founded and took over the task of planning and presenting the Fair.  The Fair grew larger and became more popular with each passing year, truly making it "Bigger and Better."  In 1949, livestock divisions were added to the Fair.  As more and more outdoor events were added, the men of the community built chutes and catch pens.  In 1953, since the men were already doing the outside events for the Fair, they formed the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association and each year they collaborated with the Fair Board to put on the Fair.​By 1967, the Rodeo Association purchased property off of North Loop in Bosque Farms and built the arena and building, now known as Cowboy Hall.  The Rodeo Association and the Fair Board agreed the Fair would be held at the rodeo grounds, so the Fair Board donated monies toward the cement floor, water well, and patio roof (just to name a few) as a thank you to the Rodeo Association.  New events were added in both the inside exhibits and outside events, and lunch changed to food vendors.  For a while, a large percentage of the population of Bosque Farms served either on the Fair Board and/or on the Rodeo Association.​We hope YOU come out to celebrate our parade, participate in the games, eat the food, browse the exhibits, and get involved in your community that is Bosque Farms!

Fun Facts about the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association Building - "Cowboy Hall"

In October of 1966, the families below each took out a $1000 loan to finance the new Bosque Farms Rodeo Association building.  The 10 male members of the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association signed the mortgage for $10,000:

  • Bob & Eloise Baughman

  • Landon & Etta DeSmet

  • Lowell & Diane Martin

  • Carl & Peggy Meeker

  • Ronnie & Kathryn Roberts

  • Mr & Mrs Joe Ross

  • Hugh & Betty Sarrells

  • Robert & Barbara Stubbs

  • Don & Nettie Watson

  • Bill & Jo Meda Wright

In April of 1969, Huck DeSmet and Ronnie Roberts took a fast trip to Monticello, IA in the DeSmet farm truck to haul the 50 x 100' steel building to Bosque Farms.  Several days later, Huck and Ronnie returned with the building.  That afternoon, a potluck dinner and dance were held on the new concrete slab, which was donated by the Women's Auxilliary (later known as the Bosque Farms Fair Association), to celebrate!

On August 23rd of 1969, the Grand Opening of the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association Building was held in conjunction with the annual fair.  

The facility was state-approved for pre-school classes and in September of 1969, a kindergarten class opened with Mrs. Scoggins as the teacher.  With money earned from the school, rodeos, dances, and raffles, within only a few short years the mortgage was paid off.  A celebration was held and the members and families of the Rodeo Association gathered at the building to watch the "burning of the mortgage."  In the middle of the floor of the building that so many had worked so hard to get built, a small fire burned the loan papers with the names of the few who had signed their names to guarantee it would be paid.  (Taken from "Los Pinos to Bosque Farms" by Kathryn Roberts.)

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