Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Clovis Media Inc. Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of […]

Relics of past on display at fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Betty Hunter of Jal looks at a glass jar from the Curry County Fair’s Antique Showcase. The showcase opens at 4:30 p.m. at the indoor pavilion. Kevin Wilson Some wood, some glass, some metal and some a combination of the preceding. And each has its own story. All told, there […]

County fair kicks off

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Elizabeth Thomas of the Clovis Evening Lions Club tells Ed Steven of Clovis, with daughter Megan Steven at right, the cost for his family’s entry Monday night at the Curry County Fair. Early attendants received cards for free samples from food vendors. Kevin Wilson The county fair is months of […]

Donated windmills to become park at Roosevelt County Fairgrounds

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Bill Dalley, left, reminisces with his wife, Alta, about the construction of their family’s first windmill which dates back to 1909. Dalley has been collecting old windmills for the last 30 years and is now donating his collection to the county. He said he and his wife will keep the […]

Ticket feature: Monster trucks coming to Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Bounty Hunter is just one of many nationally renowned monster trucks coming to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. Freedom New Mexico Nationally known Monster trucks and utility vehicle racing comes to the Curry County Fairgrounds this weekend. This is the third year Cycle City Promotions along with The Bank of Clovis […]

Chuck wagon cook-off hosted at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ethan Gallegos, a Clovis High School freshman and member of the Clovis Swim Club, serves a chicken fried steak during the “Duke of the Dutch Oven” Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Kevin Wilson For about an hour Saturday, the Curry County Fairgrounds held Clovis’ biggest outdoor […]

Horse summit opens lines of communication

Argen Duncan The first New Mexico Equine Industry Summit opened communication and found common ground among state horse organizations, participants said. The summit took place Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Seventy people from 30 organizations attended. “I think it went well,” said organizer Jason Turner, New Mexico State University horse specialist. “I think there […]

Suggested fairgrounds renovations estimated at $7.6 million

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Fortner of Populous talks about suggested renovations for the Curry County Fairgrounds master plan during a public meeting Tuesday night at the fairgrounds. About 40 citizens attended the meeting. The master plan will be discussed again during the commission’s May 18 meeting in Grady. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff […]

County seeks public input on fairgrounds

CNJ staff A public meeting to discuss plans for the Curry County Fairgrounds is being held Tuesday night. Scheduled for 6 p.m. in the indoor pavilion, the public is encouraged to attend, a press release said. A design firm hired by the county to create a master plan for the fairgrounds, will be on hand […]

Officials holding fair open house

CNJ staff Curry County is hosting an open house 6:30 p.m. Monday at the fairgrounds to discuss future growth and improvements to the grounds, according to a press release. County Manager Lance Pyle said some of the suggestions his office has received for improving fairgrounds have included: Parking and hook-ups for recreational vehicles, covered horse […]

Official: Ag expo on track

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FNM correspondent photo: Karl Terry New Mexico Ag Expo committee volunteers Colton Haragan, left, and Lonnie Banister set up booth space in the Idsinga Pavilion at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual Ag Expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Portales with approximately 150 vendors expected. By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Organizers of the 18th […]

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 […]

Fair season

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Ashley Olson, left, and Jo Schrepfer set up for the PM Productions show Pets Overboard at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The show is a pirate-themed animal show and its first performance is Monday at 7:30 p.m. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico With the temperatures into the mid-90s on Friday, […]

County responds to handicap needs at fairgrounds

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joe Wilson of Clovis said he refused to let his wheelchair stop him from attending the Curry County Fair with his grandchildren this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer This year, nothing will make Joe Wilson happier than to join a brigade of handicap residents with walkers, canes and […]

United Way selling base housing items

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will sell items recovered from the demolition of Cannon Air Force Base housing this weekend. Volunteers will sell items such as cabinets, sinks and doors between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds and between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bosco […]

Dairy Fest offers educational fun

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ShiAnn Nash of Clovis Vet Supply teaches Raquel Anaya how to rope a cow made of a bale of hay and a plastic head during Saturday’s Dairyfest at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte While other children played games, had their faces painted and drank milk […]

Fairgrounds hosts first Trade Days

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cousins Leslie Vannatta, left, and McKinzie Davis, 5, browse some jewelery Saturday during Curry County Trade Days at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Davis said she “wanted some bling.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer The finish wasn’t perfect for Lee Chaffee, but the price was. A California native, and a […]

County to host monthly market

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In an effort to put the Curry County fairgrounds to better use, the county will start hosting a monthly open market in April.

Events center losses predicted

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Officials with a Philadelphia-based facility management firm warned Curry County commissioners the county will lose about $500,000 during the Special Events Center’s first year of operation. Global Spectrum representative Neil McMullin said the county could continue to see losses of up to a $500,000 a year for at least […]

Fairgrounds manager: ‘Time to do something else’

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson said Monday he’s resigned because he wanted to work under contract instead of as an employee. Anderson, the fairgrounds manager for 14 months, gave notice on Dec. 10 and his last day was Friday. “I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used […]