The fun starts on the patio at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, with an ice cream social and the annual hot dog fundraiser event supporting the Bosque Farms Fire Department so they can buy new defibrillators.
The much-anticipated toad races will follow the patio chow down.
New this year, is the Battle of the Bales! Teams of three will be moving hay bales, stacking them up, racing through a series of cones, then the contestants jump rope and finally run back through the cones to the finish line.
Get to the parade route early on Saturday, the participants will line up at 7:30 a.m., and the parade route begins at the corner of South Bosque Loop and Margaret Drive. The parade will start at 8:30 a.m., making its way north of West Bosque Loop, then east on North Bosque Loop, before ending at the Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena on Arena Road.
This year the parade’s grand marshal is George Hobbes, the owner of Hobbes Accounting & Bosque Business Services Based in Bosque Farms. Hobbes, a U.S. Army veteran, graduated from the University of New Mexico and has been offering expert tax and accounting services to the community since 1977.
Throughout the years Hobbes has been involved in many local clubs and organization, including the Bosque Farms Chamber of Commerce, the Los Lunas Chamber of Commerce and the Valencia County Hospital Committee.
After the parade, stop by the Rodeo Association’s pancake breakfast at the Cowboy Hall before you head over to the 24th annual car show on the baseball field. The car show is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There is plenty of fun in store for the kids, too. Starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the kiddos will get to try and guess how many pinto beans are in the jar of beans for a prize. Then at 10 a.m., they get to try their luck at the greased-pole climb.
The kids’ races start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and have different contests, such as three-legged and stick horse races.
Do not fret adults, there is plenty of fun for the grown-ups, too. The horseshoe pitching contest starts at noon, so make sure you sign up 15 minutes prior.
Don’t miss the chile contest happening from 1 to 2 p.m. You can register to participate and have the chance to win in any of the seven categories available, with the grand prize being the coveted “Best of Show” award.
Then get ready to bid on some cool stuff at the auction starting at 1 p.m. You can bid on some locally-made knives, a gun safe, a fire pit and a cooler.
Returning this year are the kids from 4-H.
“We kind of quit during COVID and because we didn’t have a lot of 4-H stuff, chickens and the rabbits, their calves and stuff like that,” said Ronita Wood, a member of the Bosque Farms Fair Board. “So, they’re going to try to come back this year.”
Hawks Aloft, Inc, is a nonprofit organization based in Albuquerque that is dedicated to the conservation, research and rescue of birds of prey. They will have a raptor show in Cowboy Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
After the fair, be sure to stay for the rodeo put on by the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association.
Schedule of events
Friday, Aug. 4
3:30-5:30 p.m.: Ice cream social
4-6 p.m.: Register for toad races
5 p.m.: Bosque Farms Fire Department hot dog stand opens
6:30 p.m.: Toad races begin
7:30 p.m.: Battle of the Bales
Saturday, Aug. 6
7:30-8:30 a.m.: Line up for the parade, Margaret Drive and South Bosque Loop
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Bosque Farms Car Show
8:30 a.m.: Parade begins
9:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast (Cowboy Hall); white elephant bingo, money pit, corn pit and bean count jar open
10 a.m.: Greased-pole climb open
10:30 a.m.: Parade awards
10:30 a.m.” Kids’ races; women’s rolling pin throw (18+)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Hawk’s Aloft Presentation (Cowboy Hall)
11:45 a.m.: Register for the horseshoe pitching contest
12 p.m.: Horseshoe pitching contest begins
12 p.m.: Crowning of royalty
12:30 p.m.: Register 4-H dog show (Riley home, 690 Green Acres Lane)
1 p.m.: Judging 4-H dog show (Riley home, 690 Green Acres Lane)
1-2 p.m.: Register and submit entries for chile contest
1-3 p.m.: Live auction (Cowboy Hall)
1:30 p.m.: Snack attack walk
3 p.m.: Chile contest judging; bean county winner announced
3:15 p.m.: Pet parade
5 p.m.: Rodeo gates open ($5 per person, $5 parking, 5 and younger, free)
7 p.m.: Rodeo begins 9:30 p.m.: DJ dance in Cowboy Hall
Jesse Jones lives in Albuquerque with his wife and son. Jesse graduated from of the University of New Mexico twice. This spring, he graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism and, in 2006, he received a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a current fellow of the New Mexico Local News Fund.