The Taos County Fair took place on the south side of Taos at the Taos County Agricultural Center, August 18 – 21. It was an endearing event in several ways. It was so nice to see how much heart the community poured into the horticulture, the arts and crafts, the animals, the music and the dancing.
There were vegetables at the fair that were larger than any I have seen in any grocery store. There were also quilts that were intricate works of art along with other handmade crafts. It was clear that a lot of time, effort and skill went into making everything.
Children were an important part of the fair. There was a pet parade in which girls and boys who were eight years old and younger showcased their pets, which included dogs, goats and a chicken. All of the children paraded their adored pets with pride.
My favorite part of the fair was a children’s dancing group called Los Ninos Biladores. They performed traditional colonial Spanish dances that originated hundreds of years ago, such as La Raspa, Los Panuos, Billa de las Escoba, Redondo, Jesusita and Marcha. All of the dances had a different flare. During the last dance, Marcha, the children included some audience members who danced along with them. It was a lovely way to complete the final day of the fair.
Blogpost, photos and video by Beth Dobos