County manager: Fair revenues expected to surpass last year’s

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Colton Trimmier, center left, and friend Michael Arce, both from Canyon, Texas, said they enjoy watching the professional motocross riders practice because “it’s not so serious.” Arce races in the 4-7-year-olds mini quad class.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The first five days of gate receipts at the Curry County fair surpassed the same time period last year by $6,195 according to County Manager Lance Pyle.

Pyle said 19,700 people were counted passing through three entrance gates Monday through Friday. Thursday was the busiest night, Pyle said, with attendance at 8,700.

Saturday, Pyle said he expected total revenue to surpass last year but won’t know until receipts are counted next week.

Pyle said he believed many people came out Saturday simply to be present on the last day. And to watch motorcross and the country concert featuring Farwell’s Charla Corn and Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

Tod Hamock, manager of Cycle City, said he had 500 professional and amateur riders signed up to race Saturday.

“That’s the largest turnout we’ve ever had for Clovis,” Hamock said.

Hamock said participants came from an eight state area, ranging from California to Texas.

“People like motorcross because it’s an unscripted event. And it’s action-packed. There are only two people who can do a flip on a four-wheeler and we have one of them,” Hamock said, referring to Caleb Moore.

Sara Olivarez of Clovis came to the fair for everything, but spent most of her time enjoying the food.

“We come every year,” she said. “We usually go on a Saturday so we can spend the whole day and just eat everything in sight.”

Charles and his son Cody Widner decided to get airbrush tatoos together. They both chose red and black dragons.

“We’ve always enjoyed the fair,” Charles said. “We used to show animals, but we moved into town and don’t really have the space for it. But we come to enjoy it anyway.”