3rd annual Ag Day street fair brings free farm fun to Aggie football on Halloween

Oct. 31 pre-game event combines farm animals, local food, trick-or-treating

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) — It’s the family-friendly Halloween event to beat all others in Las Cruces: on October 31, you’ll find trick-or-treating, games and prizes, farm animals, and local food all in one at a free event.

The 3rd annual Agriculture Day street fair happens on the campus of New Mexico State University on Halloween from 2 to 6 p.m. before the NMSU Aggies play a home game against the Idaho Vandals.  In the parking lot between Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center, you’ll find dozens of groups representing most every facet of New Mexico’s diverse agricultural community.

“The purpose of Ag Day is to invite people to learn about New Mexico agriculture through food and fun activities,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “This is so much more than a Halloween event – we’ll have something for everyone.”

In addition to the many booths ready to welcome trick-or-treaters, kids can take part in a stick-horse race, stop in at a coloring booth, and see and pet horses, cows, and sheep.  They’ll find jumping balloons at nearby Pistol Pete’s Kids Zone.  A variety of NMSU student organizations will also be offering candy nearby, adding to the trick-or-treating piece of Ag Day.

The all-ages set attending Ag Day will be able to pick up recipes, see how cows are milked, learn how wool is woven, and watch the water cycle in action.

“We’ll also be offering free samples of New Mexico red chile stew, pinto beans, and roasted peanuts – plus sliders, root beer floats, and milk chugs, to name a few,” Witte said.

Several New Mexico foods and beers will be for sale inside Aggie Stadium, where NMSU foodservice provider Sodexo operates the concession stands.

It’s free to attend the Ag Day street fair.  For Ag Day updates, join the event on NMDA’s page.

A group of agricultural organizations and companies across New Mexico is sponsoring the game.  NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) are working with NMSU Athletics and other university partners to coordinate Ag Day.

Tickets to the Aggie football game start at $10.  People who support New Mexico 4H – a youth leadership organization that’s long informed budding farmers and ranchers – can purchase $12 tickets, with $2 going toward 4H programs.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online and in person at the Pan American Center ticket office (575-646-1420), as well as on game day.  More information about NMSU Aggie football is available here.