By Lillian Bow
A busy August kicks off this weekend, with both Stuff the Bus and the state’s tax-free weekend signaling a return to class. But there’s fun to be had as well.
The Stuff the Bus campaign, a United Way of Eastern New Mexico effort at both the Portales and Clovis Wal-Mart locations, is scheduled to coincide with the state’s tax-free weekend — which gives a break on school supplies, clothes and computer equipment.
Those supplies will soon be put to use, with Portales schools starting Aug. 14 and Clovis Christian and Clovis Municipal Schools starting Aug. 18.
Some of the area’s smaller schools start sooner. Floyd Municipal Schools will start on Wednesday, followed by Dora Consolidated Schools on Thursday. Elida Municipal Schools will begin August 11, while Melrose Schools starts Aug. 18 and Texico Municipal Schools Aug. 20.
August also includes the fairs for both Curry and Roosevelt counties.
The Curry County Fair runs Aug. 11-16. Janelle Duffey, Curry County 4-H agent, said there will be more animals featured in the junior livestock show.
The junior livestock shows are also seeing some changes with a new market heifer class and poultry broiler class. Also, exhibitors are no longer required to sell their grand and reserve champion livestock.
“It will be a good fair. It will be a lot of fun too,” Duffey said.
Other events at the fair include a cupcake decorating contest, bubble tower and stilt walkers at the carnival, little buckaroo rodeo and an antique showcase.
The Roosevelt County Fair runs Aug. 19-23. Ryan Craig, Roosevelt County 4-H agent, has been preparing for the fair by visiting 4-H member and checking the animals they will be entering.
“It’s going to be a great year and there will be plenty to do,” Craig said. “It should be a fun time.”
Highlights include the junior livestock shows that will start with the market swine show 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and the junior livestock sale at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.
The fair will have concerts running 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 20-23, with performers including Stateline Band, Will Bannister & The Modern Day Ramblers, Seth Savage & The Ugly Brothers Band and The Delk Band.
Other fair events include the Kiwanis Pet Show, the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home pork chop breakfast, a carnival and dummy roping.
While fairgoers travel through the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, there will also be plenty of foot traffic at Eastern New Mexico University.
The college will start classes on Aug. 19, while freshman will take part in Dawg Days orientation on Aug. 16. Dawg Dayz will consist of a community barbecue, a pep rally and foam party.
On Aug. 18, the last day before classes, freshmen will participate in a campus scavenger hunt called Capture the Greyhound, which will help the new students make friends and learn campus geography.
To celebrate the start of the year, ENMU’s Associated Students Activites Board is coordinating a illusionist Aug. 22 and a movie Aug. 25 said Eric Robinson, membership coordinator for ASAB .
Clovis Community College begins classes Aug. 18.
— Staff writer Anna George contributed to this report.