Press Release: Pioneer Days parade call for floats

The annual Pioneer Days Parade is just around the corner, promising another colorful celebration on Main Street, Saturday, June 5th starting at 10:00 a.m. Community organizations and business are encouraged to be a parade participant this year.

Participation varies for Pioneer Days events

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Though they figure the timing of Curry County’s centennial helped matters, organizers estimated participation in last week’s Pioneer Days saw small changes. The number of floats at the parade was slightly higher than normal, and the rodeo’s attendance was down a little, they said. “I think it went well […]

Pioneer Days parade celebrates heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Queen of the Red Hat Floozies Betty Shober, left, and member Peggy Johnson dressed to the theme of celebrating 100 years of heritage during Saturday’s Pioneer Days Parade. Shober represented the railroad and Johnson dressed as pin-up girl Betty Grab By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A hot and blustery […]

Pioneer breakfast

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Maegan Ridley, Miss Rodeo America, listens to a story from Curry County Pioneer, Lala Barnes, right while Lala’s daughter, Vivian Lake listens. Barnes told Ridley about the time she had made a batch of lye soap and laid it outside to dry. She said their greyhound dogs ate them all. Many women shared stories Friday […]

First person: Private investigator takes week off for rodeo

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident and Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements gets the Curry County Events Center arena ready for the rodeo each night. Pioneer Days rodeo events couldn’t take place without help from Mounted Patrol member Kevin Clements. Clements, 53, prepares the arena for the rodeo events each evening. Clements took a […]

Events center makes Pioneer Days special

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rhett Guthrie, 6, of Clovis reaches for the flag during the Little Buckaroo Rodeo flag competition Monday at the Curry County Special Events Center. Rhett said he has been riding since he was 2. The Little Buckaroo Rodeo continues tonight. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crown jewel of […]

Jack Hull colorful Clovis pioneer

By Don McAlvy: CNJ columnist “In going thru’ an old scrapbook compiled by my wife and containing my newspaper columns of many years ago,” said Jack Hull, “I find the following touching on those eventful days in Clovis history that made my newspaper career something never to be forgotten. Some of the events recounted in […]

Pioneer picked

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Longtime Roosevelt County resident Eunice Schumpert accepts the Pioneer of the Year award Friday night at Portales’ Memorial Building. The Pioneer of the Year reception is the official kickoff to this weekend’s Heritage Days celebration. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico According to Webster’s Dictionary, a pioneer is ‘one of […]

Pioneer Days Parade winners announced

CNJ staff Listed below are the winners of Saturday’s 38th annual Pioneer Days parade. Parade Chairman John Montano said there were 113 entries in the parade. Sweepstakes — Red Hat Floozies Marching/Walking units 1. Cannon Air Force Base Color Guard, 2. Clovis High School Marching Band, 3.

Riders punctuate Pioneer nights

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Courtesy photo Members of Pro-Tour FMX will provide nightly shows at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during Pioneer Days. Shows are scheduled to follow the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Assocation Rodeo each evening. CNJ Staff Pro-Tour FMX is a Freestyle Motocross exhibition and demonstration team that will be perfoming nightly at the Mounted Patrol Arena […]