Our towns: Fun can be found in Clovis

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo The Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum is located in the lower level of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber staff said about 10 people visit the museum each week.

Alisa Boswell

Clovis, the largest city in Curry County, is a city filled with entertainment, history and fun-filled family events and interests. Many residents of the city agree it is a good place to raise children and have fun while in a safe, friendly and peaceful environment.

Mayor Gayla Brumfield said she feels Clovis has a lot to offer its residents as far as people and entertainment.

“A lot of people say there’s not a lot to do in a small town, but there’s a lot to do in Clovis,” Brumfield said. “There’s just a lot to do here. I like that you go out and you know everyone and the people here are just great. It’s big enough that it allows you enough to do.”

Brumfield said just a few of the entertainment venues Clovis offers are the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, the many events held regularly at the Clovis Civic Center and the Curry County Special Events Center, the local parks and the Clovis Zoo, which is the second largest in the state. She said people will come from Lubbock to visit the zoo, because their city does not have one.

“The people here are so friendly and they’re always there to help,” Brumfield said of the Clovis community. “We’re supportive of each other and we’re very supportive of the military, of what they do for our community but even more so, what they do for our country.”

She said even more improvements are soon to come for the local parks in Clovis.

Lisa Mount of Clovis said she likes the fact that Clovis has a lot of activities for children. She said her daughter is very active in 4-H and they always enjoy attending the events for it.

“The zoo and the park are the two things we do the most,” Mount said. “It’s still considered a small town, but you still have some bigger city things to do, like the mall and so forth.”

She said she and her husband took a western dance class at the community college and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of age groups they were able to meet and get to know.

Lakeisha Lobstein, another Clovis resident who was brought to the area by the Air Force in 2002 and stayed after getting out of the military in 2005, said she enjoys the flea markets and stores in Clovis, because they offer good products and prices. She said she also enjoys the town’s family friendly atmosphere.

“I like that it’s nice and quiet and peaceful,” Lobstein said. “Everything is within driving distance. It’s family friendly. Everyone’s really nice.”

Her son, Thomas, 7, and her daughter, Kylie, 5, said they like going to the zoo and to Green Acres Park to feed the ducks.

Ginger Smith of Clovis said she is friends with many young military couples and a lot of them like being able to take classes at the community college, whether for fun or for a degree, for an inexpensive price.

“It’s small but not so small that there’s absolutely nothing to do,” Smith said. “And it’s close to even bigger towns, so if you want to get away to Lubbock or Amarillo for a weekend, it’s easy. And there’s a lot of really great land, so if you’re into walking and hiking, we have some good scenery for that.”