Fair draws near

By Mike Linn

Freshen up those pretty pigs and voluptuous heifers. Get ready for carnival rides that rank high on the thrill meter. And super-shine those dancing boots.
Once again, it’s time for the Roosevelt County Fair.
A year’s worth of planning and preparation will come to fruition on Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, and fairboard officials boast of another year of fun, great food and new contests and rides.
“This year is going to be great,” fair board President Kent Best said. “It’s a great way to end off the summer having fun at the fair.”
On the entertainment end, fair board officials are excited to welcome home Portales-native and country singer John Hill, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn.
“We’re pretty excited to have local talent; we expect him to draw a big crowd,” Best said.
As for Carnival rides, Fair board official Scott Tucker said this year will have about four new ones — one he described as high on the vomit meter.
The remaining rides will be the same as last year, which include the zipper and the ferris wheel, Tucker said.
Tucker said he was unsure which rides are the most popular among fairgoers. He said many are looking forward to the Demolition Derby, a new event where competitors ride in safety cars and bang into other drivers. The last car running wins the event.
Family day is slated for Saturday which includes an array of events for children. The turtle race is one of those events, and may draw a big number of entries since more than $1,000 in cash and prizes is on the line.
Like always, this year’s fair will have several livestock shows, Best said. The categories range from heifers to rabbits, goats to chickens.
In the arts division, fair board officials have planned an array of divisions that will give many a chance to win.
Connie Moyers, county home economist, figures more divisions will invite more to enter.
“We invite everyone to enter in at least one category,” Moyers said. “It’s a good chance for people to display their talents.”
The fair opens at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday with a pork chop breakfast and Hill will cap off the annual event with his country music, which will carry into the beginning hours of Sunday morning.