Above: See the best of the best at a county fair. Photograph by Sergio Salvador.

As David Pike described so affectionately last August (“Hog Wild for County Fairs”), New Mexico county fairs take the ordinary things we grow and make—from raspberry jam to miniature goats, hand-knitted sweaters, and beer—and put them center stage as everyone—preschoolers to grandmas—vies to take home top honors. For spectators, the rewards are guaranteed: foot-long corn dogs, pig races, and chain-saw competitions. Here's a full list of fairs between July and October.