Fun requires little mileage

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist

It was not so long ago that we could wake up on a Saturday morning and say to each other, “Wow, what a great day. Let’s check the Inet and see what’s going on in Albuquerque.”

Those days are gone — perhaps for good, certainly for this summer. Last weekend, I had to go to Albuquerque on business, and in my fuel-efficient car, the gasoline cost me exactly $50, which means trips to the Duke City on a whim will need further dilberation.

What to do, what to do? Fortunately, at least for the next several weeks there will be plenty of ways to have fun right here in Clovis, Portales and the surrounding area.

The last weekend in June, the County Fairgrounds will again be home to the Dairyfest. This particular event is not only cost-efficient, but is a lot of fun for kids as well. It truly does make for a family atmosphere and gathering. Music is always a major piece of the festival, and this year, the honors will go to Restless Heart.

Except for a couple of years hiatus, this band has been around for nearly 25 years. With a style of music influenced by contemporary and country rock roots, it would be worth your time to hang around after the main festival closes and get your dancing boots on.

July 4 festivities will, of course, be coming up more quickly than we imagine. Midpoint of summer, just around the corner? No. But it is, and certainly in our neck of the plains, it brings major fun with Smoke on the Water fireworks display and food, vendors, music and the whole gamut.

There is more to be celebrated at Greene Acres than Independence Day. The Dairy Boat Races will be held earlier in the day, and this particular outreach event raised more than $85,000 last year for the Matt. 25 mission project. I can’t honestly think of a better way to celebrate my freedom than by reaching out to help those who are less fortunate.

This year, families will be able to celebrate Independence Day twice, as Portales has scheduled its Third of July celebration,utilizing Greyhound Arena for the Smokin’ 3rd barbecue and festivities.

Vendors, music and food, as well as pyrotechnic displays (that means fireworks) will be a part of the evening. Jewelry and vendors will be displaying and selling their items, and entertainment will focus on a range of music from Gospel and Christian to bluegrass and rock.

So at least for the next several weeks, rising gas prices should not paralyze our ability to have fun and make the most of the summer.

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and a college instructor. He can be contacted at: