County fair finds fans

By Janet Bresenham

As with many people who attend the annual Curry County Fair, Tamie and Montie Powell know what they like, even if they like it for different reasons.
“I like to eat,” Montie Powell said.
“I like to visit,” his wife said.
They both agreed that being at the fair provides a great opportunity to catch up with a lot of friends and spend time relaxing.
“The people are what I like about coming to the fair,” Tamie Powell said. “You don’t get to see as many people day-to-day when everyone’s working so much. But the fair gives you a chance to visit.”
The people of eastern New Mexico are a big reason why Bob Wallace and his family have been coming to the Curry County Fair for 12 years from Belton, Texas. They set up a climbing wall and two food booths that feature everything from funnel cakes and freshly-squeezed lemonade to catfish, corn dogs and Philly cheese steaks.
“We make 20 shows a year in four different states and we really enjoy the people in Curry County,” Wallace said. “We have lots of friends here. It has a good climate, good weather. Clovis is just a fun place to come to.”
John and Mary Washington, who moved to Clovis less than a year ago from Richmond, Calif., after retiring, were all smiles as they strolled together through the fairgrounds and took in the sights and sounds of their first Curry County Fair.
“I think the fair is really nice,” Mary Washington said. “We’ve really been enjoying Clovis.”
Rachel Chua’s face lit up as she grinned and talked eagerly about her first visit to the fair.
“For me, it’s very interesting because I’m from Singapore,” said Chua, as she took a quick break from shooting photographs for her friends back home at Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale.
“All these livestock shows are very nice and they are completely new to me,” she said. “The carnivals we do have in Singapore. But I want to take lots of pictures because there are a lot of things at the fair that we don’t see in southeast Asia.”
Felicia Aguilar, 9, said she likes to take part in all the activities Saturday geared for children, eat funnel cakes, compete in the milk-drinking contest and the carnival.
“I like to ride all the rides,” she said. “The Starship 3000 is my favorite. It went around real fast and it was like you were a magnet stuck to the walls.”
On the final day of the fair, Curry County Fair Board president Buddy Vaughan said he likes the way Saturday’s activities appeal to people of all ages.
“We honor our pioneers and serve them lunch,” Vaughan said. “And we have a full day of youth activities, so we try to mix the old and young together.”
For Eldean Taliaferro of Clovis, the fair is one of his favorite annual events.
“It’s nice,” said Taliaferro, who was on his way to the food booths to decide between cowboy taters, barbecue beef sandwich or a burrito. “I like to see all the exhibits. My granddaughter, Laura Russell, has drawings on display. I also like the animal exhibits.”
After walking around the fair, Farwell resident Eddie Smith and his buddy, Ray Larson, from Brownfield took advantage of one of the many benches to rest awhile and reflect.
“I mostly come to the fair to see the livestock shows,” Smith said. “They have a real nice fair here in Curry County. They always do a good job.”