Eight-year-old Farwell resident Tait Cooper’s bike entry is decorated with “Border Town Days or Bust” as Border Town Days bicycle decorating judge Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, looks at an entry from Tracy Hughes’, 10.
Many people like to keep track of how many people come to their community festivals. Mike Pomper, chairman of the Bordertown Days Committee putting on Saturday’s annual festival for Farwell and Texico, doesn’t have any idea how many people have come during the 18 years he’s chaired the committee.
“A lot of people will ask how many people showed up, but I don’t keep count,” Pomper said. “Bordertown Days is not a big event like some of the other ones around here, but it’s a chance for people to come over to visit.”
What Pomper does care about deeply is making sure those who do attend have fun. Pomper said this year’s festival is being planned in conjunction with four graduating classes from Texico High School and five from Farwell, one of them dating back to the Farwell Class of 1953.
Bordertown Days begins with a parade at 10 a.m. (MDT) that starts in Texico and goes across the state border to Farwell, where it ends in the city park about 30 to 40 minutes later. At 11 a.m. (MDT), local nonprofit organizations will begin selling food in the park out of concession wagons, and an arts and crafts show will continue throughout the day. Local singers will also perform at various times during the day.
“We recognize we are just a small town and we don’t try to be more than we are,” Pomper said. “It’s a fun time and people like coming back.”
Ernie Kos, director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said even though her organization sponsors the much larger Badlands motorcycle rally in Clovis on the same day, they try to help promote the event in a smaller neighboring community.
“We will, as the Clovis/Curry County chamber, be the judges each year for the parade and bike show,” Kos said. “It is a hard job because there are some really good floats and they definitely have a huge community spirit.”
Kos and Pomper both said they try to work together and don’t see the festivals as competing because they draw different crowds.
“We can’t compete with Clovis or Portales and we don’t try,” Pomper said.