Curry County centennial celebration events start Saturday

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Curry County Centennial Committee met Monday at the Curry County Events Center to make final plans and to get an update on the April 18th activities.

CNJ staff

Curry County is set to kick off its commemoration of 100 years of history later this week, a start to events planned to stretch over the next year.

Saturday begins the public events for the centennial celebration with a presentation of the Special Events Center to residents. The presentation includes a chuckwagon lunch.

The evening will involve a show detailing the history of Curry County and the significance of the centennial, and will close with a concert featuring country music band Little Texas.

County Commissioner and centennial committee chairman Dan Stoddard said officials have been planning the event for a year.

The history of the last 100 years is one of hard work and accomplishments, and one that deserves to be celebrated, Stoddard said.

“It’s very important for our community. There’s a lot of history, and a lot of people have worked very hard in Curry County and Clovis,” he said.

“… And our future looks really bright and people need to come out, look back at what we’ve done and celebrate it.”

This week’s events:

• Saturday — Special Events Center Grand Opening/Centennial Kickoff Chuckwagon Lunch. Sirloin tips, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and a slice of peach cobbler. Event also includes music and a chance to have a picture taken with Miss Moo Curry County. Tickets are $20 per person.

• Saturday — Centennial Kickoff Concert, $20 in advance until Friday and $25 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased for the lunch and concert for $40 on the day of the event ($35 in advance until Friday).

Future events:

• June 6 — Pioneer Days Parade.

• June 27 — Dairy Fest. Community-wide party that includes diary-themed games and contests for all ages, live music and food.

• July 25 — Border Town Days Parade in Texico.

• Aug. 10-15 — Curry County Fair. Celebrating veterans and pioneers, these individuals will be presented with a certificate of honor Aug. 14. Veteran and pioneer names must be pre-registered to receive a certificate. Free entry into the fair for those registered. Contact the County Administration office at 763-6016 to register. Registration deadline is Aug. 1.

• Date to be announced — Breakfast in Melrose at the Melrose Senior Center.

Items available for purchase:

• Centennial Cookbook — More than 600 recipes that bridge the past 100 years and photos reflecting those times. $15 each.

• Centennial Throw Blanket — designed by Chamber Ambassadors and depicting how far Curry County has grown. $50 per throw, limited number available. See Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce for details

• Centennial History Book — published by the Clovis News Journal to include a Pioneer Families edition.

• Centennial lapel pins, coins, Christmas ornaments and Christmas greeting cards featuring the centennial logo will also be available.