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. […]

Car, music shows featured events at ethnic fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo LeDonna Dawson with Sahai Yoga and daughter Olivia Ballard dance to African drum music played by musical group Agalu at the Ethnic Fair. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Those looking for classic cars and cultural music made sure to attend the Ethnic Fair on Main Street Saturday. Event organizer […]

Ethnic fair to kick off with 5k run

Freedom New Mexico Classic cars are shined, running shoes are pulled from closets and exhibitors are primed for Saturday’s annual Ethnic Fair. The 18th annual event starts today with a fun run and walk at 8:30 a.m., starting at Lowe’s Grocery parking lot. Event organizer Selmus Price said Friday was a busy day as the […]

Letters to the editor: Fair has made vast improvements

Fair has made vast improvements I want to thank Lance Pyle, the county commissioners, Jan Riley and Lee Delk and his grounds crew for making the Curry County Fair so handicap friendly. They have a little ways to go, but what they have done is a 100 percent improvement over the past few years. I […]

Livestock sale helps offset cost of raising animals

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Madison Belcher, 9, of Portales shows her Reserve Champion rabbits during the Junior Livestock Sale at the Roosevelt County Fair on Friday. Her rabbits sold for $3,500. By Clarance Plank: Freedom New Mexico Local buyers had a chance to pick up extra heifers for their dairies or a hog for […]

Fair attendance up about 10 percent

CNJ staff Fair ticket sales jumped more than $15,000 this year and attendance was up around 10 percent. According to figures presented to the county commission Tuesday by Finance Manager Mark Lansford, the gate sale increase accounted to about 21 percent, taking the total from almost $72,000 to more than $87,000. Carnival receipts also rose […]

Rabbit show keeps Roosevelt County fair hopping

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Sky Cathey waits on the judge during the Rabbit Show Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Cathey’s rabbit won best variety and best breed in the French Lop category. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the […]

Some traditions fade, others still going strong at Roosevelt County Fair

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Portales’ Carol Calderon, 38, and her 9-year-old son Gerardo pause while setting up a booth at the Home Arts Building for the annual Roosevelt County Fair. Calderon is the county extension office’s manager for the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition program. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Whatever new-fangled innovations […]

County manager: Fair revenues expected to surpass last year’s

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Colton Trimmier, center left, and friend Michael Arce, both from Canyon, Texas, said they enjoy watching the professional motocross riders practice because “it’s not so serious.” Arce races in the 4-7-year-olds mini quad class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The first five days of gate receipts at the Curry […]

More parking available at fair

CNJ staff Fair-goers are being encouraged to use additional parking at the Special Events Center. County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday there is parking available on the east side of the fairgrounds, as well as at the events center, with ticket booths and entrances at both sides of the fairgrounds. People attending concerts at the […]

Teen held as stabbing suspect

CNJ Staff A 14-year-old boy police believed stabbed another teen at the Curry County Fair Wednesday night is being held on a probation violation. The boy has not been charged with the stabbing and the investigation is ongoing, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Thursday. At the fair, deputies discovered a 16-year-old with multiple lacerations and minor […]

A view from under the pew: amos at the county fair

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist amos at the county fair

Sheriff’s department investigating stabbing report at county fair

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fight between two teenage boys at the Curry County Fair that happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday which resulted in one boy being transported to the hospital with knife wounds. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said deputies heard there had been a fight and found the 16-year-old in […]

Feasting at the fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Pat Cummings of Fritch, Texas, pulls a load of cotton candy out of the metal bowl Tuesday night at the Curry County Fair. Mullins said a 16-ounce cup of sugar and flavoring makes about 10 bags of the treat. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Fair time means the cooking […]

Fair entertainment includes rides, exhibits, music

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File photo The Curry County Fair means a plethora of food including turkey legs, funnel cakes and cotton candy. Freedom New Mexico Curry County fair officials are hoping this year’s extravaganza attracts more than last year’s estimated 35,000 to the fair. Fair spokesperson Jan Riley said the various entertainment options should help pump up attendance […]

Curry County Fair schedule

Monday: Entry day 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Entries accepted 6 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open 8 p.m. — DJ, entertainment area 9 p.m. — Fireworks

Ticket feature: Curry County Fair getting into gear

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File photo File photo The 89th annual Curry County Fair begins Monday and features indoor concerts at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The 89th annual Curry County Fair kicks off Monday. The week-long fair features live entertainment, carnival rides, commercial exhibits, fun for children and livestock shows among others. Curry County Assistant […]