by Sherry Goodyear
SPRINGER — The Colfax County Fair is always a busy time for Springer, but this year may have been one of the busiest so far. The Springer High School classes of 1967, 1977 and 1987 all had reunions; the Road Runner Car Club held its annual car show; there were fair princess and queen contests, a pet show, rodeos, a parade, mud volleyball and working dog trials all punctuated by the sale of funnel cake, walking tacos and green chili cheeseburgers. And all of this occurred before the backdrop of regular fair events such as the quilt show, rodeos, fair dances, 4-H and FFA entries, livestock and fair barn exhibits.
Despite a cloudy start, on Saturday, August 12, the fair parade started off with the kiddie parade with both individual and group entries being accepted. This year’s fair theme was “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams” and people went all-out to create floats that represented this idea.
Winners of the individual contest were: 1st – Gabriella Hernandez; 2nd – Esperanza Tafoya; and 3rd Araceli Cisneros. Winners of the Group contest were: 1st – Andrew and Aalijah Romero; 2nd – Jordan Romero and Sophia Blevins; and 3rd – Graciela Marcus and Pilar Brent. Junior entries included 1st – SHS Football; 2nd – Shane Ruebush; and 3rd – Harding County Fair Queens.
Adult parade entries fell under Civic, Non-Profit, and Commercial categories. Civic entry winners were: 1st – Robert Chavez and the Assembly of God Church; 2nd – Class of 1967; 3rd – Class of 1987. Non-Profit winners included 1st- Springer Housing Authority; 2nd – Lazy T Reverse Cee Land & Cattle; 3rd – Diego Maestas – USA T&F National Junior Olympic Javelin Champion. Commercial winners were: 1st – Broken Arrow Motel; 2nd – Ross Oil Co.; and 3rd – Kear Automotive. The coveted “Best of the Parade” award went to Springer Housing Authority.
Across town at Museum Park, the Road Runner Car Show was going on with over thirty entrants from all over the state gracing its lawn. Meanwhile, up at the Fair Grounds, people were lining up for the annual Bar-B-Q luncheon that was being served, the rodeo was about to begin, and mud volleyball was starting. Saturday’s events alone were enough to exhaust the most robust soul as the day ended with the livestock auction and following the auction, a dance with live music provided by CappTonReid.
All in all the Colfax County Fair was jam-packed with a variety of events appealing to every taste and fancy. It makes one wonder what is in store for next year.