Each year, NMQA provides the certified judge for quilt entries into the State Fair. We provide volunteers to take the quilts in from participants around the state, and help categorize the quilts and assist in the judging. The top winner in each entry category is awarded an annual membership to NMQA. Winning quilts are on display in the Creative Arts Building during the nine-day Fair event, festooned with ribbons provided by the NM State Fair team.
NMQA also has a separate competition just for its members, called the State Fair Challenge. These quilts are made from fabric provided through the guild for the challenge. The ‘challenge’ fabric is intended to be the focus fabric, and must be recognizable in the final quilts. The size is set at 25 by 25 inches. These quilts are judged separately from the other State Fair quilts. They will also be on display in the Creative Arts Building at EXPO NM during the annual Fair. Ribbons are awarded for first through third place, judges choice, and honorable mention. All entries receive a ribbon for their participation.