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1976: Exhibitors at the upcoming Curry County Fair were busy preparing entries for the cultural arts division.

That included entries for paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

Don McAlavy and Oblong Jones were among the division organizers.

Prizes included $10 for first place, $6 for second place and $4 for third place.

1956: Clovis police made no arrests for the day and received just one criminal complaint.

T. M. Reames of 312 Calhoun filed the complaint. He said someone stole four hubcaps from his 1954 automobile parked in the driveway at his home.

Sept. 6

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1971: The Curry County Fair had an “international flair,” the Clovis News-Journal reported, thanks to Australia’s Wayne Lewis.

Lewis, an exchange student from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, was living with the J.A. McDaniel family.

He had entered three Poland-China hogs in the competition.

Lewis said he hoped to one day become an independent farmer in Australia.

“I want an integrated farm, and hope to raise cattle and sheep,” he said. “That way, if the market goes down on mutton, I’ll have the cattle to fall back on.”

1966: Barbara Poteet, 17, of Grady was named Curry County Fair queen.

Janice Stout of Grady was named alternate.

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