Family starts new tradition

CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Esmi Valadez, 7, fishes for catfish with a new fishing pole at Greene Acres Park on Monday with her sisters, Precious, 2, front, and Samantha, 10. Sonia and Roberto Valadez, background, took their daughters to the park for a family picnic on Labor Day.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Esmi Valadez held on to the fishing pole Monday hoping to catch a big one at Greene Acres Park.

The 7-year-old was fishing for catfish for her father.

“Dad wants to eat one,” she said as her parents, Roberto and Sonia Valadez, watched her.

Esmi and her sisters Samantha, 10, and Precious, 2, spent their Labor Day at a family picnic.

Clovis parks were the site of many Labor Day events. Some were annual traditions while others were first-time occurrences.

Roberto Valadez, a Clovis landscaper, said this is a new tradition for his family.

“We got married in June and we’re going to start doing this every year,” he said.

Members of the Potter’s House Christian Center went to Hillcrest Park for their annual Labor Day picnic.

More than 100 members came to the park Monday where they played football, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes.

Center member Terry Rogers said he usually plays all sports but stuck to football this year.

“It’s been a pretty good day,” he said. “The weather’s been good for me.”

Rogers said the center has held a Labor Day event since the early 1990s.

“It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” he said.

Potter’s House fellowship groups from Albuquerque and Round Rock, Texas, also came to the event, Rogers said.

At the Valadez family’s first Labor Day picnic, grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and hot sausage links were served.

But what Roberto Valadez really wanted was catfish.

“We bought a brand-new fishing pole,” he said, who left catching the fish to his daughters as he sat in a beach chair by the lake.

“I didn’t want to catch one, I just want to eat,” he said. “I’ll leave the gutting part to my wife.”