County fair has much to offer

By Clyde Davis: Columnist

It’s time to think about the Curry County Fair.

In the area of “things kids would rather not discuss,” this also means the beginning of the school year, but in balance of that fact, many children are beginning to grow weary of summer anyway.

My love affair with county fairs dates back to the early 1970s, when the summer camp where I worked on the waterfront made a practice of taking staff on after-hours trips to movies, pizza parlors and, regularly, the Butler County, Pa., fair. This may have been one of the many reasons why I returned to that summer job year after year.

We may first speak of the food. It is not the stuff one finds in the health food aisles. It is rather a celebration of the best of our kitchen decadence, and there are only two kinds of people — those who love fair food, and those who lie about it.

Here’s what some other Curry County residents think of the Curry County Fair:

• Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos — “A week-long celebration, a week-long social event where you can or might meet any of your friends and neighbors. You could go on any given night and run into just about anybody out there having fun.”

• Eastern New Mexico University communications teacher Patti Dobson — “I love to go see the dog shows and eat corn. It’s not any deeper than that.”

• Clovis Schools counselor Wayne Head — “I like them. I think participation seems to be waning, especially in the arts section. … It gets the kids involved, especially in the (livestock) events. My mom always put something in — she was my catalyst for that. Sometimes you look at a painting and you think, gee, I didn’t know this person could do that.”

• Clovis young adult resident Amanda Moore — “It’s fun. You can put projects in it. You always get to eat good junk food, like caramel apples and cowboy taters. I also like to go and watch the music and the dancers, when they have entertainment.”

• Plains Regional Wellness Council coordinator Terri Marney — “The county fairs actually kind of take the community back to its roots.

My favorite parts are the agriculture and the arts and crafts, but most of all, the networking with friends and family.”

Within these brief paragraphs, we can see that we all have our own reasons, some of them similar, for enjoying the county fair. The best reasons are those you develop for yourself, by going to the fair in a couple of weeks.