Summer months offer numerous activities

By Clyde Davis: Columnist

Summer will officially be here soon, and family activities have already begun. Pioneer Days, especially in light of our centennial year, might be viewed as the official kickoff to the golden season.

For readers with children, a number of opportunities are available. Art and creative activities are offered in a number of locations, including The Main Arteri and educator Marilyn Odom’s art studio. Clovis Community College has varied activities in its Kids College, for which one may register by individual class. Included are basketball, crafts, volleyball and carpentry, to name a few.
Community events, also in full swing during the summer months, offer lots of ways for us to get off the couch, clamber out of the lawn chair, and enjoy affordable fun.

July 4 gives the town an expanded version of Smoke on the Water, due to the 2007 Centennial. The fun will begin with a Dairy Boat Race, as local dairy families race 12 foot boats on Green Acres Lake, raising funds for the Matt 25 Hope Center. A 100-voice choir, directed by Wayne Anderson, Clovis Schools music educator, will perform 30 minutes of patriotic music, just prior to the fireworks which will climax a full day of live music, vendors, and celebration at Green Acres Park.

In case you haven’t heard, the Great Race, with its classic cars, returns to the Clovis Main Street area on July 9. According to chamber of commerce director Ernie Kos, “In the past, this has been our largest event, with thousands showing up, and we expect this year to be no different.” Want to host a racer, and be an integral part of the race? Contact the chamber at 763-3435.

The High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals will make its annual foray to Clovis, during the entire week of July 16-21. About 300 young riders, ropers and racers will compete in these activities. As you may imagine, there is a tremendous impact on the lives of the youthful participants. Clovis should be proud to be a part of this event.

Closing out the month of July — a vital cornerstone of Clovis’ 100 years is the railroad. An appreciation breakfast for current and retired railroaders is on tap for July 21 at the Model Train Museum.Contact the Centennial Committee at Clovis City Hall.

Volunteers are both welcome and needed for each of these events, so if you’d like to play an important part, contact the chamber at 763-3435.