Fair’s opening day draws livestock, vegetable entries

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair Monday afternoon. Mount said she has been entering rabbits since she was 3-years-old and plans to enter horses next year.

Sharna Johnson

Haidyn Mount doted on her black-and-white spotted rabbits, watching them intently through the metal grate on the front of their carrier as her mother filled out entry forms.

Monday, entry day at the Curry County Fair, brought out hundreds of sheep, steers, rabbits, chickens, vegetables, crafts, baked goods from residents throughout the county.

Haidyn said she has shown rabbits at the fair since she was 3 years old but sometimes still gets nervous.

And “sometimes I’m like, whatever, I know all this stuff,” she said.

The Clovis 8-year-old said she entered four rabbits in the fair this year and next year hopes to move up to horses.

But she admitted she likes showing rabbits because “they’re probably tamer (than anything else) and they’re easier to catch and they don’t do much.”

“I know I’ll do rabbits until I get too old for it.”

Within an hour of the deadline, Becky McCoy of Texico said she had taken entries for 36 chicken pens and 28 rabbit pens.

“We’re up on chickens this year but down on rabbits,” McCoy said as she sat waiting for last-minute entries.

Kylynn Thomas of Texico entered five sheep in the fair.

The 16-year-old said she enjoys working with animals and going to the fair.

She said she starts working with her animals in spring to get them ready and teach them how to set up and lead.

“Sheep aren’t the smartest animals in the world,” she said with a laugh, and she said some are more stubborn than others.

But she said, “it’s fun. You meet a lot of people at the fair.”

Thomas said she hopes to do well in her classes at the fair and get a sheep in the junior livestock sale this year. She said if she does, she will use the money for her vehicle and college savings.

In a pavilion south of the animal barn, Vicky Smith carefully placed vegetables on Styrofoam plates and filled out entry forms for eight categories.

“I just think it’s a lot of fun,” the Melrose resident said with a smile. “It’s a lot of work to grow this stuff … I guess it’s a little bit of showing off.”

Smith said she has been entering vegetables at the fair for about 10 years.

Last year, she said she wasn’t able to enter anything because grasshoppers destroyed her garden, but this year she hopes to do well.

The fair lasts through Saturday.