Visitors from as far as United Kingdom attend festival

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Airman 1st Class Nichole Jimenez, left, and Senior Airman Sarah Klasnich, both assigned to the 27th SOLRS at Cannon AFB, listen Thursday as tour guide Jay Parmenter of Clovis explains the history of the Norman Petty Studio. The tours continue until Saturday, one of the many events taking place during […]

Ticket feature: Lonestar performing at Clovis Music Festival

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Courtesy photo Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. Lonestar is most famous for its song “Amazed,” which in 1999 spent eight weeks on the country and Billboard Hot 100 chart. Freedom New Mexico Country act Lonestar is the featured performer of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. […]

Documentary producer, Buddy Holly’s niece performing at festival

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Courtesy photo Larry Cappetto, an award-winning documentary director and producer, is performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center as part of the Clovis Music Festival. Robin Coffey The annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off today with a variety of activities and includes something a little unusual […]

Organizers say they are expanding music festival’s sound

Robin Coffey It’s been nearly a quarter-century of celebrating the Clovis sound, and festival organizers are hoping spectators from Clovis and across the world will be “amazed.” Country act Lonestar is the signature event of the 24th annual Clovis Music Festival. The four-day event starts 6 p.m. Thursday with “Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story” at […]

Ticket feature: Liverpool Legends to perform during music festival

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Courtesy photo: liverpoollegends.com The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, will play in the Clovis Musical Festival on Sept. 9 at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, will make their Clovis Music Festival debut 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Curry County Events Center. The Legends […]

Officials estimate fair attendance up

CNJ staff Though admission dollars are still being counted, Curry County Fair officials are estimating a gate attendance spike of at least 15 percent compared to the 2010 fair. “We’re still counting arm bands and the weekly passes we sold,” said Kevin Jolley, general manager of the Curry County Fairgrounds that held the fair Aug. […]

‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner. Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under […]

Youngsters put 113 animals up for sale at livestock show

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Dylan Valentine of Melrose 4-H shows his reserve champion steer Friday night at the Curry County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Valentine’s steer sold for $3,700. Kevin Wilson Somewhere at the Curry County Fair, a food court customer might have noted some sticker shock when they paid $8 for that once-a-year […]

Magician enjoys connecting with audience

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Smith of Albuquerque performs his “Robert Magic Presents Street Magic Live” Thursday night at the Curry County Fair. Smith has six more shows for the remainder of the fair — at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sharna Johnson Sure, there are tricks and flair […]

Youth show livestock skills

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Quinn Boles, left, and Ryan Perkins struggle to hold their goats still Wednesday afternoon at the Junior Market Goat Show at the Kevin Roberts Show Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Boles won fourth place in the lightweight division and Perkins won fourth in the middle and heavyweight divisions. Alisa […]

Ticket feature: Clovis Music Festival kicking off Sept. 8

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File photo “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is part of the Clovis Music Festival held every September at the Curry County Event Center. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Music Festival is throwing its annual party to celebrate the city’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage. The festival was originated by Clovis recording giant Norman Petty’s widow, Vi. […]

ENMU holding auditions for ‘Into the Woods’

Freedom New Mexico Members of the public can audition for Eastern New Mexico University’s fall musical production of “Into the Woods,” according to a news release from ENMU. Auditions are set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. All roles are open, including several non-singing roles. Participants need […]

Relics of past on display at fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Betty Hunter of Jal looks at a glass jar from the Curry County Fair’s Antique Showcase. The showcase opens at 4:30 p.m. at the indoor pavilion. Kevin Wilson Some wood, some glass, some metal and some a combination of the preceding. And each has its own story. All told, there […]

County fair kicks off

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Elizabeth Thomas of the Clovis Evening Lions Club tells Ed Steven of Clovis, with daughter Megan Steven at right, the cost for his family’s entry Monday night at the Curry County Fair. Early attendants received cards for free samples from food vendors. Kevin Wilson The county fair is months of […]

Old-Timer Days draws young, old alike

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson John Gorley of Melrose tosses candy from his tractor seat during the Melrose Old Timers Day parade Saturday morning. Kevin Wilson The Melrose Old-Timer Days mean the same thing for most participants, whether they left the eastern New Mexico village, stayed there or figured out something in between. The event, […]

Ticket feature: Old Timer Days begin today in Melrose

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File photo One of the many floats in past parades at the annual Melrose Old Timers Days celebration. Activities start today with judging for the Most Attractive Yard and the annual parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Freedom New Mexico A parade, a car show and reunions are all in the works for the Melrose […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Courtesy photo: Chase Mahan Clovis’ Laughing Season will play as part of Shattering the Silence, an Aug. 13, seven band Christian concert. Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert […]

About 60 dogs participate in Weiner Nationals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sasha took first place in the competition. Her owner, Tammy Coldren said the Dachshund needed no training. Liliana Castillo Four-year-old Isabella Hailey called the winner of Weiner Nationals during one of the first heats. Lendra Hailey said her great niece watched Sasha belt toward her owner Robert Bruhn in the […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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File photo The third annual Wiener Nationals are set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Park. Admission to the races is free with donations given to the High Plains Humane Society. Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]