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Busy Saturday for Lamar Streets

 

2017 Sand and Sage Parade Honors Local Vets

While the annual Sand and Sage Parade was traveling on a new route along South 6th, West Cedar and South 9th Streets this year, the American Legion Legacy Run was heading towards Lamar as a food and re-fueling point.

American Legion Foundation Riders at Cow Palace Inn Stop-over

The Parade route was altered due to Main Street Construction this year, but it also led directly into the Prowers County Fairgrounds which made for a natural end point. Residents lined the roadway which is also the same path used by the Tri-State First Responder Tribute Parade which will be held on Saturday, September 9th.

Horseback Parade Entry for Sand and Sage Fair

Close to 400 American Legion Riders began their Saturday run from Dodge City, KS along Highway 50 with their destination set for Pueblo, Colorado. The August 12th trek has used several Midwest cities as a starting point, this year, selecting Dodge City and will end in Reno, Nevada, this year’s site for their annual national convention.  The riders are made up of several American Legion groups who offer financial aid for the American Legion Foundation scholarship, as well as assistance to those families who lost a member since the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York in 2001.

American Legion Foundation Riders in Lamar

The riders had a heads-up that because of the Sand and Sage Parade, not as many residents would be on hand to acknowledge their passage through Lamar, although there was a turnout, mainly at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, where they broke for a lunch break before continuing their journey up the Arkansas Valley.

By Russ Baldwin

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