SENM welcomes Youth Livestock Auction to Roswell from Albuquerque

Eddy and Chaves counties welcomed a change of venue for the New Mexico Youth Livestock Expo which was displaced from the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque as the state grappled with COVID-19. 

This year the New Mexico Youth Livestock Expo was relocated to Roswell Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, after mandates from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham required vaccinations for all eligible individuals to attend and participate in the New Mexico State Fair, read a news release.

State Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-32) and former New Mexico State Fair Commissioner Tommy Spindle announced that the New Mexico Youth Livestock Expo moved to the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds (ENMSF) in south Roswell.

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“The result of the mandate was the exclusion of 4-H and FFA children who did not want the vaccine or did not have time to complete the two-dose vaccine cycle before the Fair,” the press release stated.

In the press release, Pirtle said 4-H and FFA members deserved recognition for the year-long work raising animals to exhibit.

“On behalf of my constituents and my district, I thank the Governor and the City of Albuquerque for sending us your business and your best and brightest,” he said.

New Mexico State Sen. Cliff Pirtle (R-32) welcomed the New Mexico Youth Livestock Expo's move from Albuquerque to Roswell on Sept. 14, 2021.

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh said the fairgrounds are privately owned and members of the ENMSF board of directors reached out to New Mexico Youth Livestock Expo organizers.

“They took it on themselves to do this,” he said. “I’m thrilled. I love to see these young people come to our community.”

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