Sunshine Prevails for Saturday Lamar Days Festivities

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It’s too bad there wasn’t a way to scoot the calendar around so this past Friday would have been sunny. The chilly rain that spread through Prowers County dampened the first-ever Lamar Chamber Noontime BBQ for Lamar Days, a change from the traditional Good Morning Lamar Breakfast.  Despite the weather, the board of directors served up a luncheon meal from the chamber parking lot, while noontime diners took shelter under some tents.

The rain had little-to-no impact on the Friday night, “No-Booze Cruise with Cops” which originated from the Sonic Drive-In on North Main Street. The annual event, part of the Lamar Days Car Show, raises funds for the Lamar Firemen’s fireworks fund.

The rain ended overnight, leaving Saturday sunny, but chilly and by 10am, following the Lion’s breakfast at the Masonic Temple, the traditional parade headed down East Olive Street with an impressive number of entrants, from the parade royalty, Janet and Terry DeWitt, to crowds of kids and a long line of emergency vehicles.

There were plenty of vendors of hand at Willow Creek Park, plus entertainment which included WOW Bubbles, All the Right Moves dancers, the always-impressive Car Show and food vendors which dealt with long lines of hungry attendees.

The Lamar Rotary held their annual Ducky Dash to raise funds for their annual projects. This includes the yearly dictionary donations to area schools in southeast Colorado.  This year’s winners were:

Ron Wilson with a $750 first-place prize; the Pit Stop in Lamar won second place and $250 and there were five, third-place winners which received $100 apiece…J & N Shoes, Widner Farms, Elsa Pederson, Nick Palmer and the Wiley Methodist Church.

By Russ Baldwin


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