Ethnic fair to kick off with 5k run

Freedom New Mexico

Classic cars are shined, running shoes are pulled from closets and exhibitors are primed for Saturday’s annual Ethnic Fair.

The 18th annual event starts today with a fun run and walk at 8:30 a.m., starting at Lowe’s Grocery parking lot.

Event organizer Selmus Price said Friday was a busy day as the members of the Clovis Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee prepared for the fair.

Opening ceremonies, complete with a fly by from Cannon Air Force Base, kick off the Main Street festivities at 10 a.m. The events will be held between Sixth and Grand Streets on Main.

Festivities include live, culturally diverse entertainment, exhibitors, a health fair, car show, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, and a talent show.

Price said interest in the fair seems to be up this year. Price said there is an increase in fun run, car show and talent show participants and exhibitors.

Live entertainment at the event includes performances from Mariachi Nueva Generacion, Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, Flamenco Nuevo Mejico Dance Company, Cultural Troupe of Nigeria, New Mexico Society of Buffalo Soldier Gospel Music groups and Nata Raja Dance Troupe.

The fun winds down about 4 p.m.

Saturday

• 8:30 a.m — Fun run and walk, Lowe’s Grocery parking lot. Information: Ray and Karen Beachum at 762-8397 or Selmus Price at 749-6570

• 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. — Car show, downtown Clovis. Information: Selmus Price at 749-6570

• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Entertainment at stage area on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Health fair, I.O.O.F building

• 11 a.m.-noon — Opening ceremonies with flyover, Main Street stage

• 3 p.m. — Talent show, in front of Lyceum Theater