On Saturday, August 5th, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Economic Development put on their 6th Annual Back to School Expo at the Clovis Civic Center.
The Back to School Expo helps local families get ready for the new school year. Students and families from the area took home a total of 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies.
“This year was a huge success,” said Chamber Event Coordinator Kim Tipton, “and we gave away over 2,500 backpacks!”
The free backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming year are one of the main reasons for the event.
The Back to School Expo is held each year as a way to help local families by providing students with supplies they need and as a community celebration.
Local vendors lined the event space and people could browse, do a little shopping and, this year, even see some entertainment.
“We were lucky to have the participation and sponsorship we did this year,” said Tipton. “We had Jocks on Wheels provide a selfie station that was a huge hit, Pattern Energy brought giant versions of Jenga and Connect 4 for kids to play, Plateau Gaming brought a gaming trailer, we had a Bounce House from Gibson Party Rentals, Clovis Aerial & Circus Arts gave kids free lessons, KidWind let kids participate in a sailboat race wind competition that was a lot of fun. Our big hit was House of Fadez providing free haircuts. Everyone loved it!”
House of Fadez is a local Clovis, New Mexico barbershop that brought ten barbers who gave 180 haircuts over four hours at the Back to School Bash. For those who weren’t able to get their haircut before the end of the day, they provided vouchers for a free haircut at their studio.
Tipton shared that sponsors also provided six bicycles and three laptops for raffle giveaways to a few lucky students.
Pattern Energy is pleased to support the Back to School Expo each year. We wish everyone a safe and happy school year!
“Our sponsors and vendors make this possible, and it means a lot to the community,” said Tipton. “It takes some economic pressure off of families getting ready for the new school year, and it’s a fun celebration for the community.”