Posted at: 09/11/2013 8:28 AM
Updated at: 09/11/2013 10:25 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- The New Mexico State Fair kicks off Wednesday and it's expected to rain, but organizers are crossing their fingers that it won't turn people away.
Organizers told KOB Eyewitness News 4 rain is something they deal with every year and they do expect a small drop in ticket sales Wednesday and Thursday. But other than that, they expect attendance to be back to normal. In fact, even with these rainy couple of days, they hope to break a record with ticket sales.
Last year, 426,000 people came to the state fair throughout the 12-day run. This year they're hoping for 450,000.
The fair lasts from Sept. 11-22. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, the fair lasts from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Adults get in for $10 while seniors and kids 11 and under get in for $7. Kids 5 and under are free.
General parking is free but some "preferred" paid parking will also be available. Gate 9 (Louisiana just north of Central) is permanently closed to Fair traffic. Fairgoers wishing to park on the grounds may use Gate 8 (Louisiana just south of Lomas) and Gate 1 off Central Avenue.