Pioneer Days honor western heritage

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers

This year’s Pioneer Days celebration has added significance with Clovis celebrating its centennial.
In its 37th year, Pioneer Days celebrates past traditions, heritage, pioneer spirit and progress of the area.

“It is tradition that looks back on the days of the cowboys and settlers on the open range and honoring the old ways,” Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said.

As usual, the PRCA rodeo is among the highlights.

All-Around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, is among a handful of current and former world champions entered in the rodeo that runs Thursday through Saturday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.

Other events throughout the week include a Little Buckaroo rodeo, a rodeo queen pageant, a breakfast honoring the area’s pioneer women and a parade featuring a flyover by four F-16s.

“This area is rich in western heritage,” said Wilma Fulgham, Pioneer Days rodeo queen pageant coordinator. “This helps to honor the spirit and the work of the homesteaders that settled this area including my grandfather, who came her in 1906.”

Monday
5 p.m. — Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen pageant at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.
6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.

Tuesday
6 p.m. — Little Buckaroo Rodeo, Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.

Wednesday
8 a.m. — Pageant speech
competition at Clovis Civic Center.
Noon — Rodeo barbecue kick-off at Bender Dodge
7 p.m. — Fashion show/buffet and auction at Clovis Civic Center

Thursday
8:30 a.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico horsemanship competition.
2-4 p.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico horsemanship and rodeo interviews
5:30 p.m. — Rodeo encounter, Curry County Fairgrounds.
8 p.m. — 37th Annual PRCA Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol Arena.

Friday
7 a.m. — Eighth annual Pioneer Women of the West breakfast with bonnet contest at the Clovis Civic Center.
9:30 a.m. — Rodeo queens and bullfighter/clowns annual tour of area nursing homes, Plains Regional Medical Center.
2-4:30 p.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico personality interviews.
8 p.m. — 37th Annual PRCA Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol Arena.
10:30 p.m. — Rodeo dance under the grandstand, $3 per person or $5 per couple.

Saturday
7:30 a.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico critique by judges for
contestants.
10 a.m. — 37th Annual Pioneer Parade on Main Street
11 a.m. -1 p.m. — Citywide
cookout and free hot dogs at Greene Acres Park.
1 p.m. — Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant announcement of royalty 2007-2008 at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.
8 p.m. — 37th Annual PRCA Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol Arena.
10:30 p.m. — Rodeo dance under the grandstand, $3 per person or $5 per couple

The deadline to enter the Pioneer Days Parade is 5 p.m. Thursday. Applications can be picked up at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, located at 105 E. Grand Ave.

Pioneer women should RSVP for the breakfast by no later than 5 p.m. Thursday

Information: Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at 505-763-3435.