FARMINGTON — For the first time since the 1990s, the San Juan County Fair and the Connie Mack World Series won't take place during the same week.
The county fair, now in its 130th year, is scheduled to begin on Aug. 11, the Monday after the 50th annual Connie Mack World Series, which is scheduled from Aug. 1 to 8.
"The Connie Mack World Series is a big deal, and the San Juan County Fair is equally a big deal. We felt like it would be in the best interest of the people," said Dorothy Nobis, a fair board member.
She said the fair has been scheduled during different weeks than the Connie Mack World series before, although the last time was in the 1990s.
"The county fair is very sensitive to when the school kids went back to school," she said.
Stimulating the local economy for two weeks, rather than one, did not play a role in the decision, Nobis said. She said the move was made so people wouldn't have to choose one event over the other.
"We felt like it was a win-win," Nobis said.
Kim Carpenter, chairman of the Connie Mack World Series committee, said the changed dates relieve people of having to choose one event to attend.
"I think one of the positives with it being offered at two different times is people have an option and do not have to make the choice," he said. "They can do both."
He noted the world series is always scheduled to start on the first Friday of August.
Neither Nobis nor Carpenter expect the move to affect attendance at their respective events.
Nobis said more than 90,000 people attend the fair annually, and Carpenter said the world series plans for up to 40,000 people to watch the games.
"They are two very different festivities," Carpenter said.
Carpenter said the Connie Mack World Series adds about $2 million annually to the local economy, but the notoriety Farmington gains may add to the overall effect of the games. Teams for the world series come from throughout the country, Puerto Rico and, sometimes, Canada.
"Mention Farmington around the country and anybody who knows baseball, they know that city," he said.
For the county fair, Nobis said the economic indicators are different.
"Most of the people who come to San Juan County Fair are from San Juan County," she said.
She noted when people spend money at the fair, that revenue goes back to the fair.
Regardless, Nobis said both events are about families.
"Farmington has always been about family, and these are two family events," she said.