Ethnic pride

Andy Jackson

With a smile on her face and a red bandage on her arm, Barbara Brimfield walked down the steps of the United Blood Services trailer after giving a pint of blood Saturday at the 14th annual Curry County Ethnic and Health Fair on Main Street.

“I feel good,” said Brimfield of Clovis. “I had heard a lot of commercials that said they needed blood.”

The day-long fair also included a parade with floats, Native American and flamenco dancers, exhibitions, live music, a car show and health-related booths such as the blood donor trailer.

Selmus Price, chairman of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee, estimated about 800 showed up for the fair.
“The purpose of this event is to bring different cultures in our community together, so that we don’t forget where we all came from, while keeping others informed,” said Juan Garza, Clovis city commissioner and Ethnic Affairs Committee member.

Sherry Ayanniyi sold clothing, music, drums and jewelry from her native country of Nigeria. Ayanniyi said that she came to Clovis from Santa Fe and has been participating in the fair every year since 1995.

The free fair also informed patrons on how to better care for their personal and public health, booths dispersed free information on smoking cessation, eye-care and feline sanctuaries.

Ira Pottard of Clovis shared his stories about being a member of the Buffalo Soldier during World War II when the U.S. Army was still segragated.

“In 1935 I moved to Clovis and I rode a lot of horses, then I was drafted into a horse cavalry during World War II where I was a Buffalo Soldier,” as he munched on an ear of sweet corn. “Now I’m the last Buffalo Soldier.”

Lining Main Street were vintage cars, hoods open, while their proud owners vied for trophies of recognition.

“I like all things old — except for women,” said Houston-native Cash Brown, laughing while standing in front of his shiny, turquoise 1937 Ford Humpback.