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Fair makes its way back

State natives Stefani Montiel, Keize Montoya part of entertainment slate.


August 13, 2017

Kevin Wilson

The Curry County Fair runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Daily admission is $7 for ages 13-55, $6 for ages 55 and up, $3 for ages 5-12 and free for kids 4 and under.

CLOVIS — The Curry County Fair reminds countless area youth about the time they sold an animal for hundreds or thousands, paving the way for college tuition or that first vehicle.

Fair week gives Keize Montoya a chance to come back to the place where he first learned to love music as part of his dad's Tejano band.

Even though she grew up a La Cueva Bear, Stefani Montiel is looking forward to the fair for a chance to be with friends and family while doing what she loves.

But most of all, the fair just represents a fun time, said Fairgrounds Manager Joelle Reed. That time is coming up Tuesday through Saturday, with a "Five Days of Fun" theme for the variety of events.

Reed is hoping to match or top the 42,000 that came to last year's fair.

"I love to see the people come out here and have something for them to enjoy," Reed said. "I love the biggest sunflower contest. It's so cute to see a 3-foot-tall person carrying a 5-foot-tall flower.

"Everybody's walking around, talking to each other. They'll see people they haven't seen, and that's just a good thing."

Montoya and Montiel, both New Mexico natives, are part of an entertainment slate that also includes country musicians Will Banister, Coby Carter, Flatland Cavalry and Kyle Park and Latin music artist Ruben Ramos.

"We did go with an eclectic mix of entertainers," Reed said, "because we have an eclectic community. Everybody isn't a country fan, everybody isn't a hip hop fan, everybody isn't a Tejano fan."

Montoya, a Clovis native, said he wants to bring the town out. He had been angling for the last few months to do a show back in Clovis.

"It means a lot to be able to perform where it literally all started," said Montoya, who also recalls performing in Clovis about a decade ago. "From trying to sell my first demos hand to hand years ago, to being invited back to headline my own show, it's gratifying any time persistence pays off. I'm very grateful for the opportunity."

Montiel, an Albuquerque native who now resides in San Antonio, said she jumped at the opportunity to play in New Mexico and notes plenty of friends and family will be traveling from Albuquerque and Santa Fe — and hopefully some fans who are a short car trip away.

"I try to get back as often as possible," said Montiel, who saw her first studio time at 5 years old and has since garnered three Latin Grammy Awards, three Grammy nominations and numerous Tejano Music Awards. "We don't do any shows out there, unfortunately, so this is very exciting for me."

Montiel said her show with Ramos will include a variety of music, including R&B and country, with plenty of dancing and crowd interaction.

Reed said using both the outdoor pavilion and the Curry County Events Center allows the fair to offer more concert options, as the center has other functions throughout the week.

The biggest one of those events would be the junior livestock sale, where area youth sell their top animals to businesses and individuals for a premium.

Chris Thomas, who just stepped down after 10 years as sale chairman, remains a supporter and potential purchaser on Friday night.

The kids get their animals auctioned and sold at a much higher rate than they'd get from a slaughterhouse. Thomas said that's helpful for the youth, because the market is more built for large-scale operations than it is individual animal sales.

"It's the payday for the kids," Thomas said. "They've been working for a year and they finally get paid for their efforts. That gives them a chance to recoup the money they spent purchasing. They would lose money if they didn't have the support from the community paying the premium."

Saturday closes out the fair with youth day, including a turtle race, and a truck pull to benefit the United Way of Eastern New Mexico.


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