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Byline: Jan Jonas TRIBUNE REPORTER
Each year, vendors and exhibitors at the State Fair become residents of temporary neighborhoods
People have moved into the State Fair community by the truckload. They've brought their farm animals. They've brought food to sell, toys to play with.
The fairgrounds in the middle of the biggest city in New Mexico becomes its own community for 17 days each September.
It is made up of small neighborhoods -- the midway, the animal barns, the exhibit halls, the food court, Villa Hispana, Indian Village, Western Heritage Square.
Each is unique but still part of the whole.
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It takes five to six days to move into the funnel-cake booth in the food court, a fair fixture for 18 years.
Owner Pat Birmingham spends a lot of that time cleaning and preparing the booth while he waits on soft-drink vendor deliveries and water hook-ups.
For 300 …