Ready for a fair time

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Glenn Shot of Clovis puts the final touches on his Noah’s Ark exhibit Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The Curry County Fair starts Monday.

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer

Glen Shot and his wife placed a miniature replica of Noah’s Ark in their private booth at the Ag Barn, where multiple groups were preparing for this week’s Curry County Fair.

Shot said he exhibited the replica simply because he had it.

“It rains every year at the fair,” Shot joked. “In case it rains, we got to be prepared.”

Moms in Touch International, an organization of mothers who pray for their children in school, decorated their booth with school-related items, such as backpacks and school supplies. The group’s area contact, Lisa Harrison, said its goal was to start a chapter for every school in Clovis.

“Our theme is, ‘Experience the MITI (pronounced “mighty”) power of prayer,’ ” Harrison said.

Aloha Starbuck, president of Claud Rainy Day, helped set up two booths that exhibited antiques used at the turn of the 20th century. Starbuck was the only person younger than 80 to work on one of the booths. The antiques included a highchair that changed into a rocker, a miniature outhouse and an old-fashioned curling iron that was heated in a lamp.

Starbuck’s 84-year-old grandmother, Lola, said she remembered using some of the items.

“We wasn’t rich enough for that,” Lola said, referring to the highchair that was expensive at the time.

Curry County Fair
Monday-Saturday: Curry County Fairgrounds
Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors older than 55 and $2 for children younger than 15 at the gate.

Entertainment
Talent show — 7 p.m. Tuesday, food court dance area, with $1,000 worth of prizes. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Monday.
Performers:
Magician Shawn Gregory — daily in the Midway area
Hypnotist Ken Whitener — daily in the food court dance area
Tejano band Grupo Eclipse — 8 p.m. Thursday in the entertainment area
Tejano band Grupo Vida — 9 p.m. Thursday in the entertainment area
Country singer Liz Carlisle — 8 p.m. Saturday in the entertainment area
Country singer Jack Ingram — 9 p.m. Saturday in the entertainment area
Mounted Patrol Arena:
Cowgirl Rodeo Association barrel race — 6:30 p.m. Monday
Demolition derby — 7 p.m., Thursday
Arenacross qualifying races — 8 a.m., finals, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Carnival
Opens Tuesday night. Fairgoers can buy a daily wristband for $25. Several nights have a special for the price.
Tuesday: $20 with three cans of food.
Wednesday: Heroes Night, $20 with military, police or firefighter ID.
Thursday: “Thrifty Nickel” Night, three tickets for $40 with coupon from the Aug. 8 issue of “Thrifty Nickel,” classifieds newspaper.
Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday.

New attractions
Pioneer Village: Will feature activities and demonstrations from late-19th-century culture near the oldest surviving house in Clovis located on the fairgrounds.
Fireworks show: Monday evening.

Youth
The Youth Pet Show at 7 p.m. Thursday will allow children to compete in contests such as smallest pet, largest pet and best-trained pet. The show is open to any type of pets, including insects, fish, mice and livestock
The sixth annual Great American Turtle Race will be 9 a.m. Saturday. Contestants catch a wild turtle to compete, and the first turtle to leave a circle wins. After the race, the turtles are handed over to fair officials and turned loose. Deadline to register is 9 p.m. Friday.
Saturday will be Youth Day. Youths younger than 15 will be admitted to the fairgrounds for free until 5 p.m. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a three-legged race, sack race, shoe relay and milk-drinking contest.

Other
Friday will include a horseshoe contest, junior livestock sale and square dancing. The Old Timer Lunch for area senior citizens will be Saturday.

Special Needs Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Fairgrounds tour, select carnival rides, entertainment, free lunch for participants and caregivers. Call Lexie for tickets: 760-0558.

Deadlines
Although it is too late to enter most livestock, fairgoers can still enter chickens and rabbits until 6 p.m. Monday. Livestock, flowers, desserts and other entries can be registered online at fairmanager.com/fairs/currnm.
Registration for events can be done by filling out forms at the fairgrounds office. Deadlines and entry fees vary.
Talent Show — 5 p.m. Monday. Event is 7 p.m. Tuesday, food court dance area.
Little Buckaroo Rodeo — 10 a.m. Wednesday with a fee of $1 per event per person. Event is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Grass Show Arena.
Demolition Derby — Deadline is Wednesday with a 40-car limit and $50 entry fee. Event is 7 p.m. Thursday. Mounted Patrol Arena.
Curry County Youth Pet Show — Entries will be taken at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 30 minutes prior to the show at the Grass Show Ring
Great American Turtle Race — 9 p.m. Friday at Plateau Wireless, 600 Main St., or Plateau Wireless booth in commercial building on the fairgrounds. Event is 9 a.m. Saturday, Kevin Roberts Show Arena.

Schedule of events
Monday—Entry Day
Tuesday—Public Safety Day
Wednesday—Dairy Day
Thursday—Special Needs Day
Friday—4-H/FFA Day
Saturday—Youth and Pioneer Day

Monday
6 a.m. – noon —Junior Livestock entries accepted
8 a.m.- 6 p.m. — Home Arts entries accepted, Home Arts Building
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Flower Show entries accepted, Home Arts Building
8 a.m. -6 p.m. — Agriculture exhibits accepted, Agriculture Building
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. — Poultry and rabbit entries accepted
Noon — Weigh and pregnancy check dairy heifers
3 p.m. — Weigh and classify lambs
6 p.m. — Weigh and classify swine
6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open
6 p.m. – Extreme Canines Show, Grass Show Arena
6:30 p.m. — CGRA barrel race, Mounted Patrol Arena
6:30 p.m. – Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
7 p.m. – Ken Whitener, Food Court Dance Area
7:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
8:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
9 p.m. — Fireworks
9 p.m. — Ken Whitener, Food Court Dance Area
10 p.m. — Extreme Canines Show, Grass Show Ring

Tuesday
8 a.m. — Open Junior Horse Show, Mounted Patrol Arena
8 a.m. — Weigh and classify steers
10 a.m. — Bred Swine Show, Ken Roberts Show Arena
10 a.m. — 4-H, FFA poultry judging, Poultry and Rabbit Barn
10 a.m. — Dairy showmanship practice, Grass Show Ring
3 p.m. — Booster Swine Show, Ken Roberts Show Arena
3:30 p.m. — Junior Market Swine Show, Ken Roberts Show Arena
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Agriculture exhibits open
4 p.m.- 10 p.m. — Home Arts exhibits open
4 p.m.- 10 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open
5 p.m.- Midnight — Carnival open
6 p.m. – Extreme Canines Show, Grass Show Ring
6:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
7 p.m. — Ken Whitener, Food Court Dance Area
7 p.m. — Dog obedience demonstration, auxiliary gate
7 p.m. — Talent show, Food Court Dance Area
7:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
8 p.m. – Extreme Canines Show Grass Show Ring
8:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory, Midway Area
9 p.m. — Ken Whitener, Food Court Dance Area
10 p.m. — Extreme Canines Show, Grass Show Ring