Curry County Fair offers entertainment for everyone

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers

National Tejano and country music performers highlight the entertainment portion at next week’s Curry County Fair .

“(The fair) is the largest annual event in Curry County and it’s just the best of family entertainment,” said Cheri Christensen, marketing consultant for the Curry County Fair. “We’re anticipating at least 30,000 people.”

On Aug. 17, nationally recognized Tejano band Grupo Vida, also know as the Electric Cowboys, will perform with Grupo Eclipse as their opening act.

Headlining the Aug. 19 concert event is country music artist Jack Ingram, whose new single “Love You,” has been climbing up the billboard music charts and has been playing on local radio.

Area recording artist Charla Beth Corn will open for Ingram and is thrilled for the chance to play for the first time near her hometown of Farwell.

“This is my biggest thing that I’m so excited for,” Corn said. “It’s kind of my big hometown debut, so I guess I’m more nervous because I’m going to be in front of people that I grew up with.”

Those looking for some revved-up engine action can check out the Demolition Derby, scheduled for Wednesday and the Cycle City Motocross Aug. 19 at the Mounted Patrol Arena.

The motocross will be an all-day event and finals for the event will be held that night. Afterwards, an aerial show will be performed by some of the major motocross champions from across the United States.
Christensen said these events are usually the largest attended special events of the fairs’ six-day run.

For grounds entertainment, fair attendees can look forward to new attractions such as the amazing tropical rain forest and Tom LeVesque, who’s talking armadillo puppet will heckle the crowd.

“It’s an audience participatory and improvisational heckle show,” LeVesque said. “The armadillo drives around and makes fun of all the cowboys, plays with the kids and tries to pick up all the girls.”
The tropical rain forest will feature animals, such as a tiger and a white fox, and birds of all species, trained to do different activities, according to Christensen.

And what would a fair be if there weren’t any amusement rides to thrill the crowd? Christensen said there will be 25 carnival rides with one main super-ride attraction provided by Wright’s Amusement.