At the New Mexico State Fair, Fiery Foods & BBQ editor Gwyneth Doland assists 1546 other chile enthusiasts create the World’s Longest Ristra at the NM Department of Agriculture building.
Volunteers help by hanging the ristra, first vertically….
And then horizontally, for a total length of 157 feet, 7 inches. The ristra was assembled in 7 hours by an enthusiastic crowd of chileheads, including many children. "They are the future of chile in New Mexico," said NMDA spokesperson James Ditmore, who led the ristra project. "We will break this ristra record next year," he added. –Dave DeWitt