New additions to county fair

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Children and animals, musicians, a carnival and a fashion show.

The Roosevelt County Fair is back with all its elements, plus a few changes.

A few new musicians are set to take the stage, and a horse trainer who relates his work to human relationships with God is expected for the first time. Also, the Cotton Extravaganza fashion show is scheduled for Saturday instead of before the fair.

Fair board president Sheila Hays said the county has one of the best fairs, and its importance lies in how county residents of all ages come together at the event.

“It’s just neat how everybody comes in and participates,” she said.

Hays also thinks youth are a big part of the fair.

Kynzi Creighton, 11, of Elida plans to show sheep and goats, and compete with homemade bread, sewing and a home interior design project. This is her third year of 4-H.

“I cannot wait until the fair,” Creighton said.

Although sheep and goats take a lot of work, she said, they are fun to show.

“It’s fun doing all the baking and the sewing because I get to do it with my mom and other family members,” she said.

Creighton also likes to model clothes and spend time with her friends at the Cotton Extravaganza and compete for the indoor exhibits Sweepstakes, which goes to the participant with the most entries.

On the musical side, Central Wired Praise, the music group from Central Christian Church, is joining the line up with electric guitars and drums.

“It’s going to be peppy church music,” said Sharon King, secretary of the fair board.

Portales singer, song writer and acoustic guitarist Travis Irwin is also new to the fair, as is Grupo Cielo, a large local band. King said Rooney Moon Broadcasting called Grupo Cielo, which plays a variety of music, outstanding.

Also, Wild Horse Ministries is appearing at the fair for the first time.

Melissa Lamb, who is helping organize the shows, said Louisiana horse trainer Paul Daily “gentles” young horses with words and pats, and relates the process to human relationships with God.

“Paul is just very down to earth and does a great job with the horse and does a great job relating it to our lives, too,” Lamb said. “And every show is different because every horse is different.”

Daily will work with local ranchers’ horses, she said.