October 22 pre-game event combines farm animals, local food, fun

(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) — It’s the family-friendly event to beat all others in Las Cruces: on October 22, you’ll find farm animals, games and prizes, and samples of local food all in one at a completely free event.

The 4th annual Agriculture Day street fair happens on the campus of New Mexico State University on Saturday, October 22nd from 2 to 6 p.m. before the NMSU Aggies play a home game against the Georgia Southern Eagles. 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, and highlight the connection between Agriculture and NMSU,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said. “This is so much more than a tailgate event – we’ll have something for everyone.”

“This year, Ag Day partners with the Aggies are Tough Enough To Wear Pink promotion to help raise awareness for cancer research. There is so much support from the agriculture community to find solutions to cancer. This marks the perfect opportunity to showcase support,” Witte added.

In addition to the many booths ready to welcome you, kids can get a pony ride provided by New Mexico State University’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences. There will also be other farm animals to see and pet. They’ll find jumping balloons at nearby Pistol Pete’s Kids Zone.

The all-ages set attending Ag Day will be able to pick up recipes and watch the water cycle in action.

“We’ll also be offering free samples of quesadillas using New Mexico cheese – plus beef sliders, root beer floats, green chile in tortilla, and milk chugs, to name a few,” Witte said.

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. 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.