Bosque Farms Community Fair this weekend

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It’s been 74 years of awesome. And the good times will keep on coming at this year’s 74th annual Bosque Farms Community Fair.

News-Bulletin file photo: Waiting for the toads to be released, two Bosque Farms youngsters hunker down next to the racing ring at last year’s Bosque Farms Community Fair. This year the toad races will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, south of the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association arena.

Starting Friday, Aug. 2, and running through Sunday, Aug. 4, fairgoers can experience everything under the sun that says “good ol’ fashioned fun.”

There’s the rolling pin toss, the toad races, a greased pole climb, the horseshoe pitching contest, a cake walk, pet parade and the 14th annual “Just for Fun” car show.

Fair board members have been working diligently to make sure all the food and fun will be ready and that includes making sure the grounds are free from rain puddles.

Several tons of gravel and sand will be laid in the low spots and tamped down. Now they are crossing their collective fingers that the predicted 10 to 20 percent chance of rain takes itself elsewhere.

The highlights of the fair include the toad races Friday evening. Board member Melanie Bennett said anyone wishing to enter the races can, since she has a bucket full of “loaner toads” available for those without an amphibian.

The parade down West Bosque Farms Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday will get things under way. Former mayor Wayne Ake will be leading the charge as this year’s parade marshal.

After the parade, take a look at the car show, dig around in the money pit or chuck a rolling pin while you wait for the live auction at noon.

The “Just For Fun” 14th annual car show is still free and still fun. From slicked-up hot rods to tricked-out tractors, this show has is all and then some.

Mary Ann Keller, who organizes the show with her husband, Ron, said one of the best categories is the People’s Choice Awards.

“It’s the people’s favorite, not necessarily the best,” she said. “There are a lot of trophy cars that don’t win at our show.”

Ron said the car owners enjoy the camaraderie of the show, talking camshafts and gear boxes out on the field.

All weekend at the fair, inside Cowboy Hall, will be a special display presented by the Bosque Farms Historical Exchange Forum. The display will feature pictures, documents and artifacts belonging to the Eastern Valencia County Citizens Patrol, a volunteer law enforcement unit that patrolled the village of Bosque Farms, Peralta and Tomé in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

To help easily identify volunteer workers at the fair, they will be wearing lime green T-shirts with the words Bosque Farms Fair emblazoned on the front, along with the requisite tractor.

And board members wanted to remind everyone that meat raffle tickets will be sold all weekend. For $1 a ticket, you get a chance at $100 worth of meat — 25 pounds — from Sam’s Butcher Block.

The meat pack includes five pounds each of regular ground beef and country style pork ribs, four pounds each of bone-in chicken breast and uncooked pork for chicharrones, three pounds of regular all-beef patties and two pounds each of bratwurst sausage and beef cube steaks.

The winning ticket will be drawn Sunday afternoon. The winner doesn’t need to be present.

Also on Sunday, the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association is holding barrel racing at 1 p.m. in the arena. It does come with an entry fee, but 80 percent of the entry fees will be turned back as prize money — also a donation of $500 to the prize pot. The event is a fundraiser for the rodeo association.

Just about everything is free, said board secretary Cathy Sifford.

“The dance asks for a $5 donation at the door, but if you don’t have any money, we’ll still let you in,” Sifford said.

And in some cases, the fair will pay you. A bit of exploring in the money pit or a successful climb up the greased pole can net a lucky some kid some cash.

“You can do the fair without any money,” Sifford said.

There will be free jumpers for the kids and a pet parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Kids and their pets dress up and the winner is chosen by audience participation — a clap-off — so bring supporters. Everybody is a winner, Mary Ann Keller said, and all types of pets are welcome.

Food vendors this year will range from the traditional roasted corn to barbecue and brick-oven pizza.

Fair board member Amy Thoms said the fair is a comfortable, family environment.

“You can bring grandma and the littlest kids without worrying about something untoward,” Thoms said.

Keller added that you can read about the fair in the newspaper.

“But to really experience the love and community of the fair, you just have to go,” she said.


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