County fair finds fans

By Janet Bresenham As with many people who attend the annual Curry County Fair, Tamie and Montie Powell know what they like, even if they like it for different reasons. “I like to eat,” Montie Powell said. “I like to visit,” his wife said. They both agreed that being at the fair provides a great […]

St. Vrain teen wins Sweepstakes

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Justin Lockmiller, 15, a Curry County resident, talks about winning the Curry County 4-H project entries sweepstakes Thursday in the Home Arts building at the fairgrounds. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler Have a large amount of wall space that needs covered? Perhaps a core group of 4-H kids can help you out. After […]

Gator aide: Handler performs at fair show

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Jeff Quattrocchi, of Tampa, Fla., catches a Bull Alligator during The Swampmaster Gator Show Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. The Gator is an 8 1/2 feet and weighs 230 pounds. By Gary Mitchell Twelve-year-old Brooke Switzer of Clovis got a wet surprise Wednesday at the Curry County Fair when an […]

Salgado to bring different kind of country to fair

By Helena Rodriguez Curry County Fair’s biggest entertainment act this year has sold more than 2 million records, signed a multi-million-dollar contract with Sony Records, and garnered top music awards. Because Michael Salgado is a Tejano music star, however, he’s a recognizable name mostly amongst Spanish music listeners. But even so, fair organizers are still […]

Food is part of the fun at the Curry County Fair

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Some people preferred to eat hamburgers and pizza at the Curry County Fair, but many who came to the food court were looking for something they couldn’t fix at home. For Tommy Filpi of Logan and Elizabeth Richards of Texico, their Tuesday night meal was something they’ve never been able to […]

Doing their fair share

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Police Explorer LaToya Wright reports to Clovis police officer Lizzie Larsen on the safe return of a lost young girl to her parents during the Curry County Fair on Monday night. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Gary Mitchell The call came Monday night to the Police Explorers/Clovis Police Department Tag-A-Tot booth at the Curry […]

Motocross hits rodeo arena

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Brian Leonard, 15, from Gallup, practiced jumping his motorcycle Sunday afternoon on the Arena Cross track at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He competed in the 1-5 Novice Open Sunday evening. Photo by Mike Linn. By Janet Bresenham Gentlemen, start your engines. In the last three days, the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena has been transformed […]

Interest in fair sparked by many things

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what they liked about the fair. Some responses: “My favorite part of the fair is checking […]

Alligator handler to headline venue of events at Curry County Fair

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Harold Ives of Wright’s Amusement of Elbert, Colo., sets up the ferris wheel Saturday at the Curry County Fair Grounds. The 2003 Curry County Fair starts Monday. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell Jeff Quattrocchi’s job often lands him up to his neck in alligators — especially when he’s bulldogging them. Quattrocchi, also known […]

Roosevelt County Fair wraps in grand style

By Janet Bresenham Where else but the county fair can a contestant take a puppy, a fish, a kitten or even a stuffed animal and win a prize? One of the highlights of the Roosevelt County Fair this was the assortment of children’s events Saturday afternoon, including the Kiwanis Pet Show, the stick horse race, […]

Fair mixes fitness, fun

By Darrell Todd Maurina Getting stuck in the arm by a nurse wielding a sharp needle wasn’t K’Lynn Ferguson’s idea of fun, but her mother Sabrina said she was glad Wednesday’s health fair combined fun with important medical services. Ferguson was among the dozens and dozens of Clovis children and teenagers who showed up at […]

Portales boy coming home from Nashville to headline fair

By Helena Rodriguez From the Floyd Jamboree to Opryland and now back to the Roosevelt County Fair. Portales native turned Nashville performer John W. Hill will headline entertainment at this year’s Roosevelt County Fair. After spending three years playing acoustic guitar with country star Chad Brock in the late 1990s, Hill has been flying solo […]

Ticket Calendar

Albuquerque Los Lobos — 7 p.m., Friday, Rio Grande Zoo, . Gates open 5:30 p.m. Tickets only available at the zoo; $18 adults, $15 senior citizens, $10 children 3-12. Steve-O from “Jackass” movie – Tuesday, Journal Pavilion. Information: Ticketmaster at (505) 883-7800 or (505)-2-4-MUSIC. Olivia Newton-John — Aug. 19, Sandia Casino. Tickets available at the box […]

Youngsters ready animals for Curry County Fair

By Gary Mitchell Mike Burns says the two steers his son plans to show at this year’s Curry County Fair eat better than he does. Kevin Burns, a17-year-old Texico High School senior, regulates their diet to add bulk without getting them overweight, keeps a “cooler house” for them to rest during the heat of the […]

Roosevelt County Fair opens today

By Kevin Wilson Although the Roosevelt County Fair officially opens today it was a busy place on Tuesday as people from every facet of the fair made their final preparations. Local businesses and organizations set up shop in the merchant’s building, with spots reserved months in advance through the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. Anna […]

Back-To-School fair to help kids stay healthy, safe

By Janet Bresenham Before area students head back to school, they will have an opportunity this week to play streetball, receive free dental, vision and scoliosis screenings and immunizations, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about go-kart safety and fire safety. All the activities, which are free, will take place at this year’s […]

Private citizens not fair game for letters

By David Stevens Most letters to the editor received by the Clovis News Journal are published, especially when the writer follows the parameters outlined daily on this Opinion page. Letters must be no more than 300 words, they must be on topics of general interest and the writer must be identified. Letters may be edited […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Fair planning winds down

By Jack King It’s almost time to load up those freshly canned pickles, secret recipe cookies and prized animals. The Curry County Fair is only four weeks away, plenty of time to plan to be at the Curry County Fairgrounds for a week of competition, entertainment and chances to learn about the latest in home […]

Fair books ready, waiting for fair participants

For those 4-H and FFA members interested in exhibiting their projects in this year’s Curry County Fair, the 2003 Curry County Fair books are hot off the press. The books can be picked up at the Curry County Extension Office, 818 Main St. It’s not just for youngsters, though, said Glenda Belcher, extension home economist. […]