Ticket feature: County fair season gearing up

Whether it's rhythm or rides, magic or music, there's something of interest over the next two weeks at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairgrounds.

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Carvinals, music and other events are availalbe for entertainment at the Curry County Fair next week and the Roosevelt County Fair the week after.

Each county is getting set for their traditional August fair. The Curry County Fair in Clovis is scheduled for Aug. 14-18, while the Roosevelt County Fair in Portales goes Aug. 20-25.

Here's a quick look at the entertainment:

For the Curry County Fair, admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children and free for children 3 and younger. There is a $1 discount on Wednesday night for a donation of prescription eyeglasses. Some events may include additional costs. For information, call 935-7000.

  • The Wrights Amusement carnival will be in town through Saturday. The activities will run 5 p.m.-midnight Tuesday through Friday, and noon to midnight Saturday. Armbands are available for $30 each evening with exceptions — a $5 discount for two cans of food on a Tuesday night food drive, $1 rides Wednesday night, a 4/$60 special Thursday night with a Thrifty Nickel American Classified coupon and $25 Saturday on Youth and Pioneer Day.
  • Mexican-American country artist Rick Trevino is scheduled for a 9 p.m. Thursday concert at the Curry County Events Center.

Also appearing at the concert will be Los Texmaniacs.

  • Street Magic Live! is presented by Robert Smith of Albuquerque, a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. His shows are scheduled for 7:10 p.m., 8:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Saturday is the busiest night, with an 8 p.m. concert by the Dirty River Boys, a 9 p.m. concert by Aaron Watson, both at the events center. Additionally, the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena will host the Kicker Arena Cross at 9 p.m.

For the Roosevelt County Fair, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5-17 and free for children 4 and younger. Season passes are available for $20 for adults, $12 for children and $5 for youth animal exhibitors. For information, email roosevel@nmsu.edu.

Entertainment includes:

  • A carnival from Sun Valley Rides, running through midnight Wednesday through Sunday. The carnival begins at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • The Portales Starlight Swingers square dancing club 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 21 on the main slab.
  • StateLine Band is scheduled for 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 22. Led by Adrian Ancira, the eastern New Mexico/west Texas group plays rock 'n' roll, country and other genres.
  • Bakersfield Twang, a honky tonk band out of California, will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. The band varies between country, rock, blues, funk and Tejano.
  • Will Banister and the Mulberry Band will perform 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. After a breakout performance at the International Festival of Country Music February in London, Daily Telegraph reporter Douglas McPherson called the Portales native's performance the most memorable of the festival.
  • Saturday night include an 8 p.m.-midnight performances from the New Mexico-based Delk Band, while the rodeo arena will include races from Dixon Motorcross, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and race action starting at 7:30 p.m.

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