The 2010 Bosque Farms Fair came off as usual this past first weekend in August. Families with young children are the first and main focus of this annual event, and this year was no different. Horse events like western pleasure riding, reining and barrel racing abounded, with several age classes including adults, but only a few of the latter participated. Inside and outside were the usual art displays, canned goods competition, and church and political party booths. Outside was the rodeo arena and the food, lots of it from barbecue to sno-cones.
For us grown-ups, besides the food, there's a great antique car show with prizes for almost every entrant. Lots of memories! This is a fun event, not a serious competition, and the kid in every grownup had a blast looking at these antiques. The police got in on the action with their new stealth Mopar and their batmobile. Bosque Farms probably has more police per capita than any town in NM. The policemen probably should have gotten an award for stading around in navy blue uniforms on a 90 degree afternoon. Everyone of us had a favorite. One woman was heard to wonder how many of the back seats had been used by young couples parking back in the day. Remember those days? A red 1934 Ford Phaeton won best of show. It was before my time as a Baby Boomer. I can imagine that its back seat would have featured the stars above along with passion below.
Laura Warden and I brought up our four girls in Bosque Farms and live here to this day. While they were growing up we Wardens participated in almost every Bosque Farms fair event. Allison nearly won the greased pole climb even though she was up against mostly strapping boys. Elizabeth made top points on her new paint horse Wrangler while one old horse grabbed and munched a blade of grass on the way 'round the show ring. Jessica and Elena knocked 'em dead at the talent show Saturday evening. Even Dad won the best of show in the adult singing competition one time with a performance of a number from Will Rogers' Follies. Please be reminded there's not much adult participation. Maybe not enough! Those days were fun! Maybe someday I'll sing again to set a good example for my grandchildren. Watching children grow up in a safe, secure environment is just one good reason for living in Bosque Farms, New Mexico.