Ticket feature: Curry County Fair getting into gear

File photo File photo The 89th annual Curry County Fair begins Monday and features indoor concerts at the Curry County Events Center.

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The 89th annual Curry County Fair kicks off Monday.

The week-long fair features live entertainment, carnival rides, commercial exhibits, fun for children and livestock shows among others.

Curry County Assistant Manager Connie Harrison said concerts will be held in the events center this year.

Next Thursday, Zumbale will open for Tobias for Rene at 8 p.m. The demolition derby will take over the Mounted Patrol Arena Thursday at 7 p.m. Farwell’s Charla Corn will open for Jason Boland and the Stragglers Aug. 15. Cycle City Arena Cross will finish a day of qualifying rounds Saturday with a main event at 7:30 p.m. at Mounted Patrol

Harrison said 12 additional handicapped spaces have been added to the west side of the fairgrounds and more handicapped spaces will be available by the 4-H building.

Harrison said the county will also be providing shuttle service this year, both to service handicapped if no spaces are available and to service fair attendees in general.

Harrison said the gate prices of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children 12 and under should keep the fair affordable, despite the economy.

Entertainment, except arena cross and music concerts, are free with gate admission.

However, livestock showing entries are down this year, according to Curry County 4-H agent Kevin Branum.

Branum attributed 30-40 head short categories to the increase in feed prices.

“When prices go up, families take feed away from their animals first,” he said. “They aren’t going to take food of their own table.”

Branum said entry numbers have been decreasing for the last five years.