The excitement of the Wild West is yours when you attend traditional Western events held from June through September in Clovis. The summer rodeos and other equestrian events bring hundreds of participants and spectators to our community every year and provide entertainment for local residents as well.
One of the finest professional rodeos is held the first weekend of June each year as part of the annual Pioneer Days Celebration. Pioneer Days consists of a parade, Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant, Little Buckaroo Rodeo and three thrilling nights of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo.
The Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp, an interdenominational Christian camp, meets annually in Clovis as part of their summer circuit. Christians from all over come together to enjoy good food, good preaching and great singing.
There is more rodeo action in July when the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals take place here in Clovis. Young rodeo contestants from across the region come to Clovis for their final competition. The High Plains Junior Rodeo Association consists of 14 rodeos, each weekend, beginning in mid-April and ending in Clovis in July with one the best of the best one sent to Junior Rodeo Finals.
The rodeo season wraps up with the Professional Armed Forces Cowboys Association (PAFCA) Rodeo. In September, come out and enjoy two days of military rodeo with contestants competing from all over the country and all branches of service. The annual event is held at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena and is hosted by Clovis’ own local military rodeo team, the Burning Sands Rodeo Team.
The American Cancer Society’s nationwide signature event, The Relay for Life, is held each May at Ned Houk Park. From the beginning lap led by cancer survivors to the emotional candle lighting luminaria ceremony through the triumphant final lap, it is something few participants will ever forget.
Juneteenth is a community-wide celebration that takes place at Potter Park with entertainment and activities for the entire family. Our Ethnic Fair and Parade of People provides an avenue of sharing our diverse cultures and everything that makes us unique. The Clovis Community Band, an adult band that plays Big Band sounds, classic and marches, performs four concerts each year. The Spring Concert takes place at Marshall Auditorium in May. The Concert Under the Stars is an outdoor concert under the bandshell at Ned Houk Park in June. The John Phillip Sousa Concert is held in November at the Lyceum Theatre and the Christmas Concert in December is held at Marshall Auditorium. Clovis has several other performing arts events that take place throughout the year.
Performances include the Community Singers, High Plains Chorale and the Bill Case Combo. Clovis Community College offers several musicals and plays throughout the year as well. Their new Cultural Arts Series provides various monthly entertainment events that range from singers to art exhibits.
Clovis kicks off the month of July with a bang! Each year, the community gathers at Greene Acres Park downtown to watch the fireworks display over the water. Independence Day is celebrated in style at Clovis’ own "Smoke on the Water" celebration. August is Curry County Fair time in Clovis. The fair consists of exhibit halls, Junior Livestock Sale, lots of food and refreshments and the carnival.
Other community events include the annual Badlands Motorcycle Rally held at Ned Houk Park, the Annual Run-to-Hillcrest Car Show and the Air Expo at Cannon Air Force Base, often featuring the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
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