State Fair Quilts--Each year in September, the New Mexico State Fair Home Arts Division accepts quilts for judging and display during the annual event at EXPO NM. NMQA provides the certified judge for this activity. We provide volunteers to take the quilts in from participants around the state. We 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 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 24 by 24 inches. A professional judges these quilts 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 and honorable mention. All entries receive a ribbon for their participation.