CLOVIS (KSMX)- During a Curry County Commission meeting today, July 28, commissioners approved the action item allowing the Curry County Expo to use the outside fairground facilities during judging events. All commissioners were in agreement that COVID-Safe practices, such as social distancing and mass gathering restrictions, could be easily used to uphold CDC Guidelines.
At their last meeting, commissioners agreed to a resolution and letter that was sent to the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham explaining how livestock shows were an essential business. Many argued that the children that were involved in FFA or showing spent hard-earned hours and money on these projects that would only sell at premium prices through the Curry County Expo.
Fair officials were set against a virtual event because: “Ag is not Virtual”. Many argued that if a virtual event was substituted for the real thing it would turn into who had the best video production/resources, leaving those who either could not afford the equipment to guess the weight, height, etc. of their animals. Others argued that the educational side of the livestock show would be lost in a virtual world. Fair board members stated that judges are able to tell participants how they came to their decisions during an event giving participants not only a hand in business but education as well. Without being there in “real-time”, participants wouldn’t be able to learn from mistakes or take away any kind of instructive information.
The mandates in place restricting the use of events centers and mass gatherings made the commission board hesitant to allow the Curry County Fairgrounds to be used. However, after much consideration and discussion on the definition of “event center” under. the. health mandates, the board felt comfortable with the decision to allow the expo to carry forward with safe practices set in place and the use the outdoor facilities.