General manager: Fair attendance up

CNJ staff More than 3,000 people attended the Curry County Fair this year than last, according to Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds General Manager Kevin Jolley. Jolley said 23,469 people purchased daily passes at the gate; up from 20,015 last year. Jolley said the number doesn’t include weekly passes and those who attended the […]

Fair’s first salsa contest draws 19 entries

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Rick Hontz, a contest judge, tastes salsa made by Jolene Rosales at Thursday night’s salsa contest at the Curry County Fair. Entries ranged from traditional to fruit salsa. Sharna Johnson Leah Cotton said making her salsa recipe is about the only cooking she does. Cotton, a Clovis Realtor, won first […]

Sugar-free blueberry pie wins fair contest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randy Rhue with the Clovis Lions Club takes notes on one of three pies entered in the pie baking contest Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo At the age of 13, Rebecca McDaniel says she’s been baking “a really long time.” The Clovis native’s experience and attention to […]

County fair features five concerts

Little Joe will take to the Curry County Events Center stage at 9 tonight as one of five concert performances during the Curry County Fair. Described as “the king of brown sound,” Little Joe has been performing music for more than 40 years and is credited as a pioneer of Tejano music, which blends country […]

Fair’s opening day draws livestock, vegetable entries

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair Monday afternoon. Mount said she has been entering rabbits since she was 3-years-old and plans to enter horses next year. Sharna Johnson Haidyn Mount doted on her black-and-white spotted rabbits, watching them intently through the metal grate on the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Fair time and baseball greats

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Monday morning briefing: Fair time and Portales by the numbers

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Fair season beginning

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File photo Curry County fair organizers have promised a blend of traditional favorites and new attractions throughout the week. Sharna Johnson The Curry County fair begins Monday with what organizers have promised to be a blend of traditional favorites and new attractions throughout the week. Animal shows and sales, baking and crafting contests and other […]

Ticket feature: Wild west comedy show featured at fair

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CNJ file photo The Curry County Fair begins Monday and will offer concerts, rides, shows, contests, vendors and more. Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Fair begins Monday, promising a blend of traditional favorites and several new events. The six-day long event will offer everything from animal shows and sales to crafts and baking, vendors, […]

County fair celebrates local culture

Clyde Davis It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was […]

Letters to the editor: Fair Book outlines show entries

Fair Book outlines show entries The members of Encanto Garden Club of Clovis would like to inform our community about entering exhibits at this year’s Curry County Fair, which falls on the week of Aug. 16. The Curry County Fair Association publishes an annual Fairbook that gives a schedule of events, general information, rules and […]

County approves alcohol sales during fair concerts

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Curry County commissioners on Wednesday said OK to the sale of alcohol during two concerts at the Events Center during the county fair. Commissioners unanimously approved the measure. Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley said alcohol will be sold in a roped area during the events — one on a Thursday […]

Job fair organizer expects high attendance

CNJ staff When unemployment goes up, so does the attendance at a job fair. That’s the hope for this year’s New Mexico Workforce Connection career expo Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. “The last few times, we hit anywhere between 300 and 400,” said Matt Barela, a manager at Clovis’ Workforce Connection branch […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Monday morning briefing: Planning for the fair and cheers for Yucca

Extension secretary provided wealth of information, experience

By Connie Moyer: Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Jackie Clark began her career as administrative secretary for the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Office in 1985. She took the job with the intention of just staying a little while, and 25 years later, she has decided it was long enough. Since that time she has been the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Indian weatherman predicts fair spring

CNJ staff Chief Joseph Weldon Crim of the Plains Indians said Tuesday the wind indicates fair spring weather. Every March 22, Crim goes to his ranch in Lazbuddie, Texas, to build a campfire. The direction of the smoke is a guide to the upcoming spring weather “I have to get out of town because the […]

Clovis Municipal Schools students earn 13 awards at science fair

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Emma Beaty, 11, of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista in Clovis, looks over her notes while waiting to hear results of the Regional Science and Engineering Fair Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. Beaty won first place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences junior division and American Association of […]

Judging science fair big thrill

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools What a thrill. I was invited to be a judge for the Mesa Elementary School Science Fair. Now, you might not think that would be a thrill, but for me it was. You see, science was not my forte’ when I was in school. As a matter of fact, […]

Curry County Fair Board election on Dec. 7

CNJ staff The Curry County Fair Board election is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. All candidates are unopposed. Early voting is 8 a.m. Nov. 30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Karen R. Thetford is running in County Commission District 2, while Clifford Clay is seeking office in County Commission District 3. […]