Roosevelt County native competing for state fair queen

PNT staff Jamie Symlie of Roosevelt County is one of 14 competing this week for the title of New Mexico State Fair Queen. The competition, which begins Wednesday, includes a written test, horsemanship demonstration, interviews and speeches. The new queen will succeed Krystie Lynn Bierner and will be crowned Saturday during the PRCA rodeo.

Ethnic fair returns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s about ethnicity, no doubt. But it’s also about entertainment and education. The Ethnic Fair, in its 19th year in Clovis, runs next week, with the brunt of events Sept. 25 along Main Street. The fair’s mission statement is to provide a way for ethnic groups in the area […]

Wednesday morning briefing: 3-on-3, a job fair and air bags

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. 3-on-3 If you’re a basketball fan, check out the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament this weekend at Clovis Community College. Tipoff is 8 a.m. Saturday and the games continue through Sunday in the east parking lots.Job fair College student looking for work? An Eastern New […]

Special needs children tour fair

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Argen Duncan During his field trip to the Roosevelt County Fair, Portales third-grader Nathan Rose said he was able to pet every kind of animal, except a chicken. He wasn’t allowed to pet chickens because they bite, he explained. Nathan also helped with County Commissioner Bill Cathey’s rope and whip trick performance for the group. […]

Best of show selected at fair

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Jared Tucker On day two of the Roosevelt County Fair, area residents entered their best arts, crafts, food and other items in 16 categories to be judged for awards, but only the best got the title, “Best of Show.” Portales Police Detective Kirk Wilson was surprised to learn he took best of show in photography. […]

County fair kicks off with entry day

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Argen Duncan This year, Ellie Garduno of Portales entered white dinner rolls, almond cookies, oatmeal-cherry cookies bars, Mexican cornbread and anadama bread, a yeast bread made with cornmeal in the baked goods competition at the Roosevelt County Fair. Garduno started participating in the contest eight years ago, five years after moving to Portales. “It was […]

Annual fair kicks off Monday

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Jared Tucker Expect to pay more to get into the Roosevelt County Fair this year, but less on amusement ride tickets if you go on the right day, according to fair personnel. Roosevelt County Fair Board Treasurer Darla Reed said the board was forced to increase gate admission by $1 this year, because fair attendance […]

Curry County Fair features five concerts

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Freedom New Mexico Little Joe will take to the Curry County Events Center stage at 9 tonight as one of five concert performances during the Curry County Fair. Described as “the king of brown sound,” Little Joe has been performing music for more than 40 years and is credited as a pioneer of Tejano music, […]

County fair contests not all about winning

Glenda Price It’s show time. The pig, lamb and goat sales were in the spring. Steers were chosen last fall. FFA and 4-H animals have been carefully fed and exercised. Summertime jackpot shows provided chances to practice showing and to gauge the animals’ progress, but winning at county and state fairs in late summer and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Fair time and baseball greats

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

Wild west comedy show featured at fair

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The Curry County Fair begins Monday, promising a blend of traditional favorites and several new events. The six-day long event will offer everything from animal shows and sales to crafts and baking, vendors, carnival games and rides and night-time concerts and entertainment events. Carnival rides will open Monday at 6 p.m. adding an extra day […]

4-Hers perpare projects ahead of county fair

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Argen Duncan DeOje Johnson, 14, makes sure the sheep are taken care of, holds a rabbit for a few moments and then heads out to stroke Precious, the horse under his care. Johnson is one of many 4-H members around the county fine-tuning animals or indoor projects in the few weeks before the Roosevelt County […]

County fair celebrates local culture

It all began with the turtle — or, more properly, the tortoise, the box tortoise. Sorry, but before switching to education in college, I was a wildlife biology major. Those little distinctions distract me. It is a tortoise, not a turtle; it is a bison, not a buffalo. Anyway, the huge tortoise was moving across […]

Their view: Hispanics give more than fair share

And here’s another response to Geni Flores’ commentary in the July 11 PNT. This comes from Portales’ Kirby Rowan:

‘No female’ rule on ranch not fair

By Glenda Price: State columnist My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we […]

Reader submitted content: County Fair book available next week

By Connie Moyers: Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist The Roosevelt County Fair will be held Aug. 23-28. Now is the time to decide what to enter and finish up your projects. Fair books should be out next week. Stop by the county extension office to pick one up. In the Home Arts division of the […]

Fairness too complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

April 30 – May 6 What's Happening

Friday Discover Home Fair — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Landing Zone. Year of the Air Force Family Bowl-a-Rama — 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes. Ladies Night — 7 p.m., The Landing Zone. Kids Appreciation Day — All day at Fitness Center. Rascal’s Rummage Sale — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Roden Smith parking lot, […]

Fishing report — April 22

Northeast area Cimarron River: The flows are 0.3 cubic feet per second below Eagle Nest Dam and 68 cubic feet per second near Cimarron. The water is low and murky. Fishing has been good with San Juan worms, small bead head nymphs and stonefly nymphs working well. Costilla Creek: No read on flows below the […]

Monday morning briefing: Planning for the fair and cheers for Yucca

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Fair planning Curry County is holding a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairgrounds Indoor Pavilion. Purpose of this meeting will be to review plans the Populous design firm has drafted for a Fairgrounds Master Plan. Video game of the week Our game specialist […]