via New Mexico State Fair Facebook Page
Guests of the 2013 New Mexico State Fair—the 75th annual—will enjoy FREE general parking every day of the event, beginning Wednesday, September 11 and running through Sunday, September 22. Those attending Arts Preview Night on Tuesday, September 10, will also be able to park free of charge.
“One of our main concerns this year is overall affordability for all New Mexicans,” said State Fair General Manager Dan Mourning. “By offering free parking, Fairgoers will have a much easier time getting onto the grounds, area traffic will be less congested for folks who live and work in the surrounding neighborhoods, and guests won’t have to open their wallets multiple times before entering the Fair.”
This is the second year in a row the State Fair has offered FREE Parking to its guests, and admission prices have remained the same: at $10 Adult (12-64), $7 Senior (65 and older) and $7 Child (6-12), 2013 New Mexico State Fair Admissions are among the lowest of all major regional fairs. “There is a critical need to keep admission costs as low as possible while still being able to present the best possible show in every aspect. Since 2008, our costs have steadily increased, but we’ve worked very hard to refrain from raising admission prices,” said Mourning. “As an enterprise agency responsible for raising our own budget and without a dime of taxpayer money flowing in to cover operating costs or the costs involved in producing the Biggest Show in New Mexico, we’ve had to find a an equitable balance for the consumer,”
Mourning continued. “We are confident that between relatively low admission and concert ticket prices, plus free general parking, we’ve struck that balance, and we can say in all seriousness that this year’s Fair will be the best people have seen in many years, perhaps even decades.”
Among this year’s confirmed first-time attractions are the 5D Enchanted Forest Dark Walk Experience, Wolves of the World, Hedrick’s Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, the Birdman of Vegas’ Feeding Aviary, a 300-foot Zipline, Professor Gizmo’s Fun & Science Show, the Comet II Super Coaster and much more, including several new carnival rides and food vendors.
“Our aim every year is to improve the show overall,” Mourning said, “which is exactly what we’ve done again this year. And we’re just getting started. We’ve long been considered one of the top fairs in the nation, and our goal is to keep it that way.”
Regional Fair Admission and Parking Prices for Comparison
Texas State Fair: $16 Adult, $12 Senior, $12 Child (3 and up); Parking: $15/vehicle
Utah State Fair: $10 Adult, $7 Senior, $7 Child; Parking: $6/vehicle
San Diego County Fair: $13 Adult, $7 Senior, $7 Child; Parking: $10/vehicle
Arizona State Fair: $10 Adult, $5 Senior, $5 Child; Parking: $5/vehicle
Tulsa State Fair: $10 Adult, $8 Senior, $8 Child; Parking: $10/vehicle