Clovis kid competes in All-American Soap Box Derby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In less than 29 seconds, Kelsie Schwartz’s hopes were dashed, but she said she’s not going to let it keep her down. Losing at the 69th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday taught the enthusiastic 12-year-old a lesson — she wants to do it again, she said. In an […]

Racers getting ready for Soap Box Derby

CNJ staff Young racers are revving up for the fifth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. According to Director Larry Erwin, 15 participants ages 10 to 18 will vie for the right to […]

Fishing clinic offered Saturday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Children of all ages looking to wet a hook or land a big catch can participate in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby. The 18th annual event, sponsored locally by the Optimist Club of Clovis, will be held at the back lake of Ned Houk Park. Participants will be divided […]

Soap Box Derby zooms to finish

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Logan Garner, 12, of Clovis, heads down the race track during Saturday’s Soap Box Derby on Sycamore Street in Clovis. Garner finished the derby in fifth place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Eric Collings said he was not at all surprised when he zoomed away as champion of Clovis’ Soap […]

Fishing more than bait, hooks, says derby director

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fishing can be much more than hooking up a squirmy worm and whaling it in the lake — especially for those who plan to take part in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby, according to derby director Jeff Baum. This 18th annual event, held at the back lake of Ned […]

Clovis Soap Box Derby to take place in June, featuring home-made hill

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Geoffrey Holmes, 8, leads Tara DeWitt as he heads to the finish line during the final race in the 3rd annual Soap Box Derby last year in Clovis. Holmes won the Derby and raced in Akron, Ohio. (File photo) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Back in 1960, 14-year-old speedster Larry Erwin fastened his Soap […]

Car destruction, high-flying bikes highlight fair

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A personal liability release for one of the Curry County Fair’s more popular events speaks for itself. “…The participation in a demolition derby, either as a driver or crew member, exposes the (participant) to a substantial and serious risk of property damage, personal injury or death.” The demolition derby […]

Ranchvale student wins Clovis Soap Box Derby, trip to nationals

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Jared Womack, 12, of Clovis, left, and Stephanie Martinez, 14, of Clovis, race down Sycamore Street during the 3rd annual Soap Box Derby Saturday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham: CNJ correspondent Eight-year-old Geoffrey Holmes could not contain his excitement Saturday morning as he stood with his mother and awaited the […]

Fishing Derby brings families together at Ned Houk Park

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Everett McSchooler, 4, of Clovis, looks at the catfish he caught as his dad Scott shows it to him during The Optimist Club of Clovis’ 17th annual Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. McSchooler caught five fish on the day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Timothy Estrada, 5, yawned and […]

Clovis racers on their soap box

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Seventeen Clovis youngsters are signed up to race in this year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club. The winner of Clovis’ “Gravity Grande Prix” will join more than 400 other young racers for the 67th running of the American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs […]