Spring activities abound in area

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Residents afflicted with spring fever won’t have far to travel to assuage their symptoms with a plethora of events scheduled for the next weekend.

Civic-minded individuals can enjoy some sunshine and clean up local streets by volunteering to participate in Keep Clovis Beautiful, which is part of the national Great American Cleanup program. Rob Carter with the Parks and Recreation Department said participants will pick up litter along the main arteries of Clovis. According to Carter, the top three “trash collectors” will be awarded trophies.

Curry County residents interested in development may choose to attend the long-awaited groundbreaking of the Special Events Center. The ceremony will kick off construction on the $6 million multi-purpose project being built on the west side of the Curry County Fairgrounds. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said he expects State Sen. Clint Hardin, R-Clovis, who is a longtime supporter of the project, to speak at the event. According to Smith, many local city and county officials also plan to attend the groundbreaking.

Those wishing to relax and watch a fast-paced show of skill can attend Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Attendees can witness ropers work with well-trained horses as they compete in the timed roping event. Event coordinator Joe Rhodes said attendees will have the opportunity to watch a world champion and an all-around champion compete in a head-to-head best out of 10 tie-down roping match.

“We had 450 competitors last year,” Rhodes said. “It’s gonna be good.”

Do-it-yourselfers can venture over to the Clovis Civic Center to browse booths at the Home and Garden Show sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. Chairman Todd Farrell said attendees can enjoy viewing product information from more than 70 vendors in a “show and tell” atmosphere.

Smith estimated the event-filled week would net $1.1 million for Curry County.

“This is real economic development,” the Curry County manager said. “This is why we (Curry County) promote tourism. It brings in people from out of town who eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels.”