By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent
Fireworks displays, concerts, county fairs, a big-time bicycle tour and a first-time golf tournament top the list of things to do in the area this summer.
There seems to be something for everyone — from sports fans to pageant competitors to people who get their kicks running across a field with 80-pound tombstones.
“It’s going to be a busy summer,” said Kim Huffman, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce.
Things get rolling on Tuesday with the start of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant and Little Buckaroo Rodeo at the Curry County Fairgrounds.
Pioneer Days begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds.
About 60 miles down the road from Clovis in Fort Sumner, the annual Fort Sumner Days get under way on June 9. It runs through June 12.
Beverly Brown, a De Baca County Chamber of Commerce board member, said events on June 12, a Saturday, are expected to attract the largest crowds.
The annual tombstone race will be held at 6 p.m. on the high school football field on June 12.
People will run with a heavy tombstone across the field in hopes of winning large cash prizes.
“You bet the race attracts a lot of people,” Brown said.
The Fort Sumner Days parade is also on June 12, as well as a rodeo.
“A lot of Clovis riders take part in the rodeo,” Brown said.
On June 12, the chamber of commerce in Friona will host its first four-person scramble golf tournament. It will be held at the Friona Country Club.
“This will probably turn into an annual thing,” said Dean Sasser, Friona Chamber of Commerce president. “We’re expecting a good crowd. It’s limited to 15 teams.”
Portales residents are gearing up for the city’s annual Heritage Days, slated for June 18.
Huffman said the event honors the Roosevelt County Pioneer of the Year. Also there will be gospel concerts, games, food, crafts, a car show and a treasure hunt.
On June 19 in Muleshoe, those interested in bicycling will be in for a treat, as Tour to Muleshoe roles through.
Last year, 150 bicyclists took part in the event, said Terral King, Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce president.
“There is a huge turnout for the bicycle event,” he said. “The event attracts people from all over.”
Clovis will celebrate tunes in June and in early July with several concerts, including Clovis Community Band, “Concert Under the Stars” on June 19 at Ned Houk Memorial Park; Tops in Blues Concert on July 1 at Doc Stewart Park; country band Asleep at the Wheel on July 2 at Joe’s Boot Shop; and Johnny Rodriguez on July 3, also at Joe’s Boot Shop.
Farwell will be a busy place towards the end of July when it holds Bordertown Days on July 31.
Officials estimated there were close to 3,000 people who came out for the all-day festival last year, which included a parade along U.S Highway 60-84 from Texico to Farwell.
August will be an exciting time for Curry and Roosevelt counties as both counties will be holding their county fairs.
Curry County’s is set for Aug. 16-21 and Roosevelt County’s is set for Aug. 23-28.
Here is what is going on this summer:
Tuesday — Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant, Curry County Fairgrounds
Tuesday – Saturday — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Fairgrounds
Thursday – Saturday — Pioneer Days Rodeo, Mounted Patrol Arena
June 12 — Friona golf scramble, call 806-250-3491 to enter.
June 18 — Heritage Days, Portales
June 19 — Tour to Muleshoe, bicycle event
June 19 — Clovis Community Band, “Concert Under the Stars,” Ned Houk Memorial Park, Clovis
July 1 — Tops in Blue Concert, Doc Stewart Park near Cannon Air Force Base
July 1 — Friona fireworks, city park
July 1-4 — Cannon/Clovis Salute to Freedom
July 2 — Asleep at the Wheel, Joe’s Boot Shop, Clovis
July 3 — Muleshoe show, city of Muleshoe. A parade is set for the morning and the fireworks will go off at night.
July 3 — Johnny Rodriguez, Joe’s Boot Shop, Clovis
July 4 — Smoke on the Water Fireworks, Greene Acres Park, Clovis
July 4 — Firework show at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales
July 10-11 — Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Hillcrest Park, Clovis
July 31 — Bordertown Days. Farwell, Texas
Aug. 16-21 — Curry County Fair
Aug. 23-28 — Roosevelt County Fair
It seems like every town in the area will be sparkling the first week of July, as several firework shows are set.
Friday — (runs every Friday throughout the summer) Summer Nights Concert Series
Albuquerque Aquarium/Botanic Garden, www.cabq.gov
Saturday – June 20 — 63rd June Music Festival
Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Albuquerque Academy, [ http://www.cma-abq.org/programs.htm
Saturday – July 31 — Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey reopens with a family celebration of World Cultural Diversity Day, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, www.nmnaturalhistory.org
June 12 -13 — Albuquerque Pride Fest 2004
EXPO New Mexico (Fairgrounds), www.exponm.com or www.abqpride.com
June 12-13 — 7th Annual Wine and Clay Festival in Lubbock features the Llano Estacado Clay Guild celebrating winemaking and ceramics, 806-745-2258.
June 16 — KISS, Rock the Nation, 2004 World Tour/Poison at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque (www.kissonline.com, www.journalpavilion.com)
June 17-27 — “Boys in Autumn” at the CATS Playhouse in Lubbock, 806-792-0501
June 18 — Artscrawls: Monthly gallery tour in Albuquerque, Central Avenue and Downtown area (www.ArtscrawlABQ.org)
June 19 — Sizzlin Summerfest (every Saturday night through early August)
June 20 — Train performing at Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque
July 3 — All American Independence Day/Rio Valley Festival and Music Fest in Belen, 505-864-8091 or 505-864-2830
July 4 — 4th of July Celebration Holiday celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque (www.cabq.gov/)
July 4 — Fourth of July/Independence Day Fireworks at Kirtland Air Force Base, Rio Rancho, Isleta Casino.
July 7 -11 — 14th Annual Mariachi Spectacular with showcase concert and competition, Downtown Civic Plaza, Albuquerque (www.mariachispectacular.com)
July 17 — Jessica Simpson performing at Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque (www.journalpavilion.com)
Aug. 1 — Alanis Morissette, Barenaked Ladies at Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque (www.journalpavilion.com)
Aug. 12-15, 17-20, 25-27 — “Smile and Nod: An Old-Fashioned Vaudeville” at CATS Playhouse, Lubbock 806-792-0501
Aug. 16 -18 — 26th Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show at Sweeney Center in Santa Fe (www.pueblopottery.com/whawk.htm)
Aug. 21 – 22 — Annual Roundup & Car Show of the Lubbock Mustang Club at the American Wind Power Center, 806-747-8734
Aug. 23 — Dave Matthews Band at Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque (www.journalpavilion.com)
Aug. 28 — Fall Crawl including live music and entertainment throughout Downtown’s streets and establishments, Albuquerque (www.downtownabq.com)
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