Rainy weather not fazing livestock competitors at fair

Scott Cutright and Larry McClendo of Wright’s Amusement set up the carrousel Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

Rain and mud were not halting progress Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds.

Pickups and trailers began arriving Monday morning to unload pigs, lambs and steers that will be shown over the next three days in the Junior Livestock Show.

“All the livestock is coming in on schedule,” said Cheri Christensen, Curry County Fair marketing director. “We have a record number of sheep this year.”

Kendra and Kyle Jacobs of Melrose were busy unloading their pigs and lambs. They were dressed for the elements in boots, jeans and jackets. Their father, Kenny Jacobs, said the rain was mostly just inconvenient. “Trailers sometimes get stuck,” he said.

Michael Bridges of Texico said he brought his four-wheel drive trailer to assure he didn’t get stuck. Bridges said the rain doesn’t bother his son Trevor since he has been caring for his pigs since April in all kinds of weather. However, his son begged to differ.

“I don’t like it,” Trevor Bridges said. “It’s messy.”

Trevor’s mother, Shelley, likes the fact that it has been raining.

“It is less stress for the pigs,” she said. “They like this cool weather.”

Clovis received a little more than an inch of mostly slow-steady rain since Saturday, according to Accu-Weather.com.

According to fair officials, the gates were set to open on time Monday regardless of the weather conditions.

“The vendors are ready and the Midway is all set up,” said Christensen. “Only a downpour will shut the rides down for safety reasons.”

According to Christensen, all entertainment will remain on schedule except the horse show which was scheduled for today.

“We had to cancel it and it will not be rescheduled,” Christensen said. “The arena is just too muddy.”

The Accu-Weather forecast calls for afternoon thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday.


Schedule for Tuesday (Public Safety Day)

• 8 a.m. — Weigh and classify steers
• 10 a.m. — Curry County bred swine show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 10 a.m. — 4-H, FFA poultry judging, poultry and rabbit barn
• 10 a.m. — Dairy showmanship practice, grass show ring
• 3 p.m. — Booster swine show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 3:30 p.m. — Junior market swine show, Kevin Roberts Show Arena
• 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Health Fair, extension building
• 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Public Safety on Display, grass show ring
• 7 p.m. — Dog obedience demonstration and meet the breeds, grass show area
• 7 p.m. — Talent show, food court dance area