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Experience the Poultry Show At the San Juan County Fair!

By Tom Seest

What Can You Expect At the Poultry Show At the San Juan County Fair?

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If you’ve never been to the San Juan County Fair, you might be wondering: “What is the Poultry Show?” You’re not alone. There are lots of reasons to attend this annual event. You can learn about the show’s history, attractions, turnout, and even its financial report. Here are some of the things you should know before going to the Poultry Show.

What Can You Expect At the Poultry Show At the San Juan County Fair?

What Can You Expect At the Poultry Show At the San Juan County Fair?

Uncovering the Fascinating History of the San Juan County Fair Poultry Show

For decades, the San Juan County Fair was run as a private corporation, but state funding allowed the fair to expand to 27 buildings. Today, state funding comes from taxes collected on parimutuel horse race wagering. The first event was held in 1921.
The San Juan County Fair has been a summer tradition for nearly a century. It’s a place to celebrate the bounty of New Mexico and a celebration of local culture. The history of this annual event is filled with colorful and entertaining displays of produce, livestock, handwork, and more.
In 1909, the San Juan County Fair Association did not hold the fair, because it was preoccupied with planning the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The organizers of the fair, however, pleaded with islanders to donate produce for the exhibition.

Uncovering the Fascinating History of the San Juan County Fair Poultry Show

Uncovering the Fascinating History of the San Juan County Fair Poultry Show

What Surprises Await at the Poultry Show?

Turnout at county-level events is significantly affected by physical health. For example, counties with high physical health have higher turnout, and counties with low health have lower turnout. Poor health has a negative impact on turnout at both county and state-level events. In the county-level analysis, we tested the impact of poor health on turnout by examining the bivariate relationship between poor health and county-level turnout.
The San Juan County Fair Poultry Show is a chance for young exhibitors to gain valuable experience in the poultry industry and earn thousands of dollars. The young exhibitors usually put some of their earnings toward a college fund and the rest toward their next livestock project. This year, there are about 460 young exhibitors at the fair. In addition to poultry, the fair’s two-day event also includes rabbits, goats, swine, steers, and heifers.

What Surprises Await at the Poultry Show?

What Surprises Await at the Poultry Show?

Uncovering the Financial Impact of the San Juan County Fair’s Poultry Show

The poultry show is one of the largest fundraisers for the county fair, which is run by a cooperative extension service of the New Mexico State University. The event also serves as an excellent learning experience for the youth who participate. The 4-H program is supported by many local businesses, who donate money for the animals. The event raises funds for the 4-H members and helps them make a positive impression on the community.
Until the mid-70s, the San Juan County Fair was a privately owned corporation. In addition to state funding, the fair also receives funds from taxes on parimutuel horse races. In 1982, the fair had expanded to 27 buildings.
This year’s financial report shows that the poultry show has increased its revenue while lowering its expenses. While there were some increases in expenses, the overall balance is still quite low. Capital expenses continued to decrease, largely due to depreciation. Revenues from oil and gas also increased. However, spending has been slowed by supply chain issues and COVID.
The fair is important for islanders because of the educational benefits. It allows them to interact with other islanders and exchange information. In 1912, the San Juan County Fair Association was busy planning the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The organizers pleaded with islanders to bring produce to the fair.

Uncovering the Financial Impact of the San Juan County Fair's Poultry Show

Uncovering the Financial Impact of the San Juan County Fair’s Poultry Show

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