Volunteerism cornerstone of ethnic fair

By Emily Crowe

The Clovis Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee is gearing up for its annual summer ethnic fair, and committee members are hoping to get even more young residents involved in the summer event.

Going into its 23rd year, the Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair will add a speech contest and poster contest to its list of activities.

Committee Chairman Selmus Price said students will be able to enter original speeches in the contest, which will be structured similarly to the speech contest held during the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.

Aridnee Thomas, a committee participant and Clovis High School senior, said she recently came back from an American Legion speech contest in Albuquerque and believes there is a lot of potential for students with the ability to extemporize.

Thomas and Eastern New Mexico University senior Vincent Soule sit in on the committee meetings and are working to bring fresh ideas to the mix.

“We love dealing with children and getting the youth involved,” Thomas said. “A lot of kids don’t realize that it’s as easy as coming to a committee and getting involved.”

Soule hopes to use technology to spread the word to college students about the ethnic fair and general community involvement.

“They don’t typically know these things are going on,” Soule said. “So a good way to get that out is through our own social networks.”

The participation from the younger population has been refreshing, Price said.

In addition to the new speech and poster contests, Price said the committee hopes to enhance activities at the summer fair, which already include a 5K fun run, talent show, health fair, car show and cultural workshops.

The 23rd annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair is slated for July 19.