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 […]