New Mexico

Ten years in the making, the African-American Pavilion will make its debut in the 2000 New Mexico State Fair.

The pavilion will be located in the former Route 66 Restaurant. The pavilion will have daily entertainment and showcase a different theme each day of the fair.

"Many people have worked on this project for more than 10 years. We are proud to present this pavilion in the year 2000 fair," Tom Tinnin, state fair commission chairman, said.

"A special thanks are due to former legislator Eddie Corley and Rep. Kheryl Williams Stapleton, who sponsored legislation to make this dream a reality," added Lela Kaskalla, state fair commission co-chair of the African-American Pavilion Committee.

"Embrace the Legacy" will be the theme for this grand opening year. Special events have been planned to celebrate the African-American culture and highlight the special contributions African-Americans make to the Land of Enchantment. The themed days will educate the many cultures of New Mexico about the African-American experience, in celebration of heritage and history. Families can enjoy a Gospel Fest, a book fair, storytelling, entertainment, a career day and much more during the 17 days of the fair.

The Pavilion will be in the former Route 66 building, located on Race Track Ave. and Main St., south of the Coca Cola Pavilion. Improvements to the old Route 66 building total more than $300,000.

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