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Not much room at the inns

Clovis hotels mostly full for busy weekend


June 23, 2017

Tony Bullocks

Norman Petty Studio Curator Kenneth Broad lets Sarah McGown, 6, of Clovis play the Baldwin piano that Norman Petty played during recording sessions Thursday at his studio. Tours continue today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLOVIS — Sorry. They're mostly sold out.

Sorry, that is, if you're looking for a hotel room in Clovis this weekend.

"This weekend is looking amazing and we're excited," said Abbie Virgil, director of sales for the Fairfield Inn by Marriott.

Fairfield Inn is one of a dozen city hotels considering themselves sold out for a weekend that brings music fans, softball players and car enthusiasts to town.

More than 350 rooms have been rented, hotel managers said.

Clovis is hosting the Clovis Music Festival, Draggin' Main, the Plateau Custom Classic Softball Tournament and multiple class reunions today through Saturday, creating one of the biggest economic impacts for Clovis all year, according to promoters.

Even Portales is feeling the impact.

"This is usually our busiest season anyway but we definitely have Clovis (visitors) with us," said Anna Jimenez, manager of the Portales Super 8.

But while some innkeepers were pleased with the business, others said it's not unusual to have their rooms filled on summer weekends.

Custom Classic and Draggin' Main weekends usually result in filled-up hotels, managers said, though the events are generally on different dates.

"This is the same thing we usually see; we are generally left with 10-15 rooms like we are now," said Sam Bhakta, manager of the Travelodge in Clovis.

Days Inn and Suites Assistant Manager Ted Sandoval said he is seeing no change in occupancy despite being the host hotel for the musical acts involved with the Clovis Music Festival.

"Most hotels sell out anyway, there really is no change," he said.

Local restaurant owners are also expecting a busy weekend.

"We are expecting bigger revenues but, more importantly, a lot more money for our waiters," said Peter O'Brien, director of operations for K-Bob's Steakhouse.

Leal's Manager Eloisa Garcia shared the optimism.

"We are just gearing up to take care of everyone," Garcia said.

"We just want to welcome them. We're excited. We like to be busy."

Eddie's Subs and More Manager Jonathan Martinez said his downtown Clovis restaurant expects more business, especially from Draggin' Main.

"In the past it has risen by 40 to 50 percent," Martinez said. "It's always a good day."


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