5 Things to know about the Curry County Fair

Staff photos: Joshua Lucero  Michael Baca, 28, left, batters Oreos while Debbie Ulibarri prepares Snicker bars to be deep-fried in the Shoogs food trailer Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fair. Ulibarri said a portion of the Shoogs trailer’s profits will be donated to repair cleft lips through Operation Smile.

Staff photos: Joshua Lucero
Michael Baca, 28, left, batters Oreos while Debbie Ulibarri prepares Snicker bars to be deep-fried in the Shoogs food trailer Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fair. Ulibarri said a portion of the Shoogs trailer’s profits will be donated to repair cleft lips through Operation Smile.

By Joshua Lucero

STAFF WRITER

jlucero@cnjonline.com

It’s that time of year and the Curry County Fair is in full swing with vendors and rides to entertain all ages.

The fair is in its 94th year.

Here are five things to know about the Curry County Fair.

• An average of 25,000 people visit the fair a year, according to Curry County Events Center General Manager Kevin Jolley.

He said he expects the fair attendance to be more than 30,000 the course of the five-day event.

• The fair has two new additions to its entertainment lineup — high divers and a bubble machine.

CCEC event coordinator Kristy Marney said the fair brought the Flying Fools High Dive Show diving team from Canada, with its four divers performing two daylight shows and a night time fire dive show each day.

In addition to the divers, a 14-foot tall solar-powered bubble machine dispenses bubbles of various sizes during the fair’s hours of operation.

“We try to get entertainment that is unique to the area and fun,” Marney said.

• The fair dedicates Thursday to special needs guests. Special needs children get to go to the park to ride rides and eat fair food as part of the fair’s Special Needs Day activities.
Wright Amusement Company owner John Ring said the children get to ride and eat for free during the Special Needs Day.

Marney said the fair holds the day in conjunction with Snelling Staffing and Wright Amusement.

“Its a chance to give back to the community,” Ring said.

• Anything can be fried. The fair has food vendors who make a plethora of food, but fried food is a staple.

Vendors deep-fry cheese, Oreos, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Snickers, onions and even Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola.

• The fair features three dozen rides.

Ring said the fair has about 36 rides this year, which take 16 hours spread over two days to set up for the carnival.

According to Ring, taking down the rides is slightly faster at 14 hours.

Ring said that Wright Amusement Company has been providing the carnival rides for the Curry County Fair for more than 15 years.