A festive affair: Counties prepare for fairs

Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Logan Hinders, left, and Austin Bagwell, of New Day Productions in Amarillo, put together sound equipment at the Curry County Events Center Friday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Shattering the Silence concert and the Curry County Fair. General Manager Kevin Jolley said the fairgrounds will be ready Monday for fair week.

Alisa Boswell

Along with the arrival of another school year, August marks the approach of local county fairs.

Fairs in Curry and Roosevelt counties feature new events and entertainment.

“We’re really excited,” said Portales Mayor Sharon King. “We know it’s going to be a little chaotic this year with trying to get used to the new set up but we hope everyone will be patient with us and help us with our growing pains.”

A major addition to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds is a new arena building constructed during the summer.

King said the building will house steers, heifers, horses and sheep and will serve as a show arena.

“We have the usual animals: Chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, steers and horses being submitted for competition,” King said. “The big hit is the kids’ events Saturday mornings, like the pet show and the turtle races.”

Roosevelt County Program Director Connie Moyer said another change to the fair this year is the addition of a junior division for ages 18 and under for the Fancy Cake competition.

She said the usual 4-H competitions and exhibits will also take place, such as the biggest pumpkin and watermelon contests and tallest corn stock contest.

“In my part of the fair, a lot of the things with the fair don’t happen until it starts,” Moyer said. “But a lot of people have come to pick up forms and are asking a lot of questions so it seems like people are excited.”

New to the Curry County Fair are some additional rides and events.

Curry County Fairgrounds General Manager Kevin Jolley said there will be a three-on-three basketball tournament added to the fair this year and the Arena Motor Cross event will be held two days instead of one.

“We are always looking to add more variety to please all different types of people,” Jolley said. “We’re utilizing more of the space we have and bringing in more activities.”

Jolley said the outdoor arena will be used every night of the fair except Thursday compared to previous years when it has only been used two nights.

He said Monday admission will be $1 and the first 1,000 customers will receive tickets for free food samples.

Other additions, according to King and Jolley, are new musical guests, such as country music star Charla Corn at the Roosevelt County Fair and Casey Donahew at the Curry County Fair.

“There’s a lot going on,” Jolley said. “We definitely encourage folks to come out and see what’s new at the fair.”