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The Fun of the Fair


A photo of the big ferris wheel at the New Mexico State Fair. 

The New Mexico State Fair is one of the most interesting two weeks of the year. People take off work or go right when they get off or get out of school. They are willing to take the time and spend the money to get in and eat the famous fair food.

There are so many amazing attractions at the fair; I don’t know even know where to start. The numerous rides, different games, variety of food and all the amazing things you can buy. I go to the state fair every year multiple times. And every time I see something I didn’t see before. It is an amazing adventure, even just to go once.

My family and I always get Navajo tacos and sweet tea. Although, there is a lot of delicious food, such as chicken legs, cotton candy, fried Oreos, funnel cake, ribbon fries, corn on the cob, etc… It is a pretty reasonable price for any of the items listed above.

You can also get jackets, toys, souvenirs, etc… Depending on what you buy and which station you get it from the prices range.

There is also the Ronald McDonald farm and petting zoo, which is a fun free activity for the kids. Also for kids, and of course adults, there is face painting and henna too!

No matter what you eat, what you buy, or what you do, it is always worth the time, money and adventure. So, next year get out there and have some fun!


Summer Ideas for Teens

Isabella Barton|Editor

Photo By: Zach Bravo- Jackie Nicole and Isabella Barton at the G-Eazy concert at Isleta Ampitheater.

Summer is fast approaching, and as a teen what are you going to do? Most of us have outgrown walking around the mall, looking at stuff we aren’t going to buy, and we are a little old to be at Cliffs. So what else might you be able to do in this very dry, sandy state we call New Mexico. You could do some of the following.

  • Tingly Beach -If you plan to fish you need a valid NM fishing license, and admission to the ponds is free.
  • Botanic Gardens (Always a good date idea.) Gates open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Aquarium/ Zoo- Gates open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily.

Adults 13-64: $12.50/$20

Senior 65+: $5.50/$10

Children 3-12: $4/$6


Children under 3 are free

  • White Sands

$3.00 per person

  • Summerfest
  • Isotopes
  • Concerts

Look online for dates, performers and pricing (prices may vary).

  • Hiking in the Sandias

$3.00 to park in certain areas of the mountain

  • Rio Grande Nature Center
  • Petroglyph National Monument

$3.00-$5.00 parking fee

  • Volcanoes

Free parking and admission

  • Off Roading

The dunes out by Isleta Amphitheater and the very end of Southern in Rio Rancho are the two easiest places to go off roading.

Also please be responsible doing any of the following activities.



Flying Star restaurant is magical!

Sarah Klein | Journalism

With numerous locations across town, there’s a delicious coffee, heavenly pastry, or unique entree waiting for you at Flying Star. Many ingredients are locally sourced, freshly prepared. Photo courtesy of Flying Star Cafe.

Welcomed by an aroma of baked goods and strong coffee you are called to the magical glass case full cakes,cookies, brownies, and tarts. Chatter echoes throughout the brightly colored walls, while coffeehouse tunes mask any silence. The atmosphere is peaceful enough for a place to catch-up with your friends, study for finals, work your laptop, or even just read a book by the fireplace. All while enjoying a nice iced java or steamy organic chai latte.

Flying Star has an array of mouthwatering cuisine, from breakfast-all-day to fresh salads. So whether you have nagging sweet tooth or cheesy craving or even a desire for a lite salad, Flying Star should definitely cross your mind. Most people tend to enjoy their daily special soups, gooey mac-n-cheese, juicy cheeseburgers, and anything in that infamous glass case that is a temptation to all. You can pair any of their heavenly dishes with a strong coffee/tea or a luscious “red stuff” to drink. Anticipating the food’s arrival can feel like ages, but once it arrives. It’ll be worth the wait.

Flying Star is out of this universe, and their food will you make your taste buds shoot for the stars.