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County tree getting fresh look


November 15, 2017

Jamie Cushman

Jonel Goodman helps put up the Christmas tree outside the Curry County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.

CLOVIS — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside the Curry County Courthouse.

Construction of the large Christmas tree displayed in front of the courthouse each year began Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be completed later today.

High Plains Historical Foundation President Patsy Delk said the foundation assisted in the decorating of the tree for the first time this year, providing new ornaments in order to "refresh" the look of the tree.

"The centennial garden (at the courthouse) was put in in 2009 and we kind of feel like it's part of the history, the corner there, so we thought it would fit in really well to have a hand in (the decoration)," Delk said.

Delk said she hopes the historical foundation remains involved with the decorating of the tree in the coming years, possibly switching up the ornaments used each year.

"I think we'll probably do this every year until we can't any more," Delk said.

With the Christmas tree up, the annual Clovis Christmas Lights Parade can't be far behind.

Put on by Clovis MainStreet, the parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 with floats making their way down Main Street.

The theme for this year's parade is Clovis Christmas Express, celebrating all things Christmas and train related.

Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Lisa Pellegrino-Spear said the Christmas tree will be lit on Dec. 2 around 6 p.m. to kick off the parade.

She also said the parade will feature a few new elements this year, including a Christmas bazaar with about 25 businesses from the downtown district that will hold open houses and special sales before and after the parade.

There will also be a reading of "The Polar Express" at the Clovis-Carver Public Library prior to the parade.


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