WRITER: Shelby N. Herrera, 575-646-5368, dancin4h@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Kristie Garcia, 575-646-3007, pio@nmda.nmsu.edu

For the fifth year in a row, the Agriculture Day event is bringing family-friendly fun to Las Cruces Oct. 28 prior to the New Mexico State University Homecoming football game. You’ll find farm animals, games, prizes and samples of local food together at a completely free event.

NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and New Mexico Department of Agriculture are working with New Mexico State Athletics and other university partners to coordinate AG Day, which is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

The fifth annual AG Day street fair happens on the NMSU campus from 2-6 p.m. before the Aggies play their 2017 homecoming game against the Arkansas Red Wolves. In the parking lot between Aggie Memorial Stadium and the Pan American Center, dozens of groups representing nearly every facet of New Mexico’s diverse agricultural community will gather.

“I invite everyone to join us with over 40 booths, a petting zoo, horseback rides, and to sample, learn about and enjoy New Mexican agriculture,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “Tailgate with fellow Aggies, and cheer the NMSU football team to victory.”

In addition to the many booths ready to welcome you, kids can get a pony ride provided by New Mexico State University’s Horseman’s Association. There will also be other farm animals to see and pet. Trick or Treat with Pete will kick-off at 2:15, for kids to trick-or-treat at each AG Day booth alongside Pistol Pete.

The Tell Runyan Band will be playing from 2:30 -4:30 p.m. Runyan is a College of ACES alumnus.

During the all-ages event, those attending will be able to pick up recipes, watch the water cycle in action, sample New Mexican foods and much more.

“AG Day provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy what makes New Mexico great and to celebrate our own hard work,” Witte added.

AG Day is presented by New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, along with a group of agricultural organizations and companies across the state who are sponsoring the game. These sponsors include New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Chevrolet, Farm Credit of New Mexico, F&A Dairy Products Inc., Southwest Cheese company, New Mexico Beef Council, Monsanto, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and Stockman’s Magazine, Dairy Max, Western Blend Inc., Mesilla Valley Maze, Helena Inc., New Mexico Wine, New Mexico Brewers Guild, Salud, Select Milk Producers, New Mexico Chile Commission, Horse N’ Hound, Las Cruces Nissan and New Mexico Agricultural Leadership Program.

“New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau is proud to partner with NMDA to sponsor Ag Day,” said Chad Smith, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau CEO. “This is a fun way to connect food lovers with food producers as we celebrate the agricultural traditions of NMSU.”

Tickets to the football game may be purchased for $10 prior to game day when you mention “AG Day.” Tickets can be purchased in advance online and in person at the Pan American Center ticket office at 575-646-1420, as well as on game day.