Fair food ranges from traditional to unique

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Phillip Gillmore flips turkey legs filling a large grill behind his stand at the Curry County Fair. Gillmore has worked as a food vendor for 16 years.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Jacque Schaap of Clovis and her five children make sure to visit the food stands at the Curry County Fair.

Her 10-year-old son Case stood nearby sharing a turkey leg with his siblings.

“Turkey legs are my favorite,” Case said. “I want one every time I go to a fair. They’re juicy and they taste really good.”

Fair officials said there were 24 food vendors at his year’s fair, up from 18 last year .

One of the stands set away from the main food court belongs to Verlin and Sonya Siefkes, who offer a variety of items from roasted corn to tropical drinks to sirloin burgers.

When the Siefkes became food vendors eight years ago, they offered funnel cakes and shaved ice. After their first year, however, they realized they would have to offer more.

“Nine million people serve (funnel cakes and shaved ice),” Sonya said. “We sat there and saw everyone going to other stands and realized we couldn’t survive on it.”

The retired couple has worked at fairs and festivals around the country. They said the amount of what they serve varies from day to day and by location.

“Different localities have different tastes,” Sonya said. “And if the pig people are here one day they want pork, unless they’re tired of dealing with pigs. And the beef people want beef.”

The Siefkes said one of the things they enjoy about their job is meeting new people.

“We like the people here, they are always nice,” Sonya said. “And now people know us and look for us, which make us feel good.”

While some vendors have taken to offering non-traditional fair food, others stick to the basics.

Phillip Gillmore of Amarillo has offered the same traditional fair menu items for the four years he’s had his stand.

“It’s a once a year deal,” Gillmore said. “They look for turkey legs and lemonade and corn dogs.”

Schedule:

Thursday — Special Needs Day

10 a.m. — Curry County Bred Lamb Show, Grass Arena

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Agriculture and Home Arts exhibits open

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Special Needs Day activities

11 a.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Special Needs Citizen’s Lunch – Indoor Pavilion

Noon — All poultry must be out of Poultry and Rabbit Barn

1 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure

4 p.m. — Junior Breeding Cattle Show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open

5 p.m. to Midnight — Carnival Open (Thrifty Nickel Reader Appreciation Night — 3 wristbands for $40 w/coupon from the Thrifty Nickel) All others $25.00 each

5 p.m. — Junior Market Steer Show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena

5 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

6 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

6 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

6:30 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

7 p.m. — Youth Pet Show, Grass Show Ring

7 p.m. — Demolition Derby, Mounted Patrol Arena

7 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

8 p.m. — Lluvia y Sol Band Concert, Entertainment Area

8 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

8 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

8 p.m. — Midnight — DJ, Under the Grandstand

8:30 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

9 p.m. — Los Texmaniacs Concert, Entertainment Area

9:30 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

10 p.m. —Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

Friday — 4H/FFA Day

9:30 a.m. — Junior Livestock Sale Meeting, Kevin Roberts Show Arena

9:30 a.m. — Presentation of 4-H Home Economics & General Projects Sweepstakes Award Winners, Kevin Roberts Show Arena

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Agriculture and Home Arts exhibits open

3 p.m. — Junior Livestock Sale Pictures Taken

3:30 p.m. — Singles Horseshoe Pitching Contest, West of Old House

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open

5 p.m. — Jr. Livestock Sale Animals, Curry County Special Events Center

5 p.m. — Midnight — Carnival Open, Wristbands $25 each

5 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

5:30 p.m. — Buyer’s Reception, Curry County Special Events Center

6 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

6 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

6:30 p.m. — Junior Livestock Sale, Curry County Special Events Center

6:30 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

7 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

7 p.m. — 9 p.m. — Square Dancers, Food Court Area

8 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

8 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

8 p.m. — Midnight — Under Grandstand Area

8:30 p.m. — LA Party Dolls, Entertainment Area

8:30 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

9:30 p.m. — Puppetmobile, Roaming Act

10 p.m. — Chain saw artist, Midway Area

Saturday — Youth and Pioneer Day

8 a.m. — Arena Cross Qualifying Race, Mounted Patrol Arena

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Youth Day Activities

9 a.m. — 9th Annual Great American Turtle Race, Kevin Roberts Show Arena

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Agriculture and Home Arts exhibits open

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Commercial exhibits open

10 a.m. — Old Timer Celebration, 4-H Extension Bldg.

10 a.m. — Mixed Teams Horseshoe Pitching Contest, West of Old House

10 a.m. — Chain saw artist, Midway Area

1 a.m. — Puppetmobile Roaming Act

Noon — Old Timer Lunch, 4-H Extension Bldg

Noon — Midnight — Carnival open, Wristbands $25 each

2 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — 4-H exhibits release, Home Arts Building

6 p.m. — Puppet Mobile Roaming Act, Midway Area

6 p.m. — Chain saw Artist, Midway Area

6 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

7 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

7:30 p.m. — Arena Cross Finals, Mounted Patrol Arena

7:30 p.m. — Shawn Gregory Midway Area

8 p.m. — Kene Terry Concert, Entertainment Area

8 p.m. — Livestock entries released

8 p.m. — Let’s Pretend Pirate Adventure, Midway Area

8 p.m. — Puppet Mobile Roaming Act, Midway Area

8:30 p.m. — Auction of chain saw carvings, Square Dance Area

9 p.m. — Stoney LaRue Concert, Entertainment Area

9 p.m. — The Granpa Cratchet Show, Midway Area

9:30 p.m. — Agriculture Building closed

10 p.m. — Agriculture exhibits released

Sunday

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Home Arts and Ag exhibits released.