Chilly temperatures and rainy skies didn’t deter some die-hard parade fans from lining up along East Olive and Main Streets for the annual Lamar Days Parade. The numbers were down considerably from past years, but understandable when the temperature on the Frontier Bank clock was reading 44 degrees at 10am, and the wind chill was probably a few extra degrees cooler. Prowers County Commissioner Henry Schnabel remarked, “All the commissioners on our float were pretty wet and chilly, just like most everyone else. It was when we turned onto Main Street that we really were out there in the wind, and at that point, you knew it was a cold morning.”
If cold, rainy weather enhances appetites, Saturday morning did just fine for the annual Lions Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Volunteer cooks and servers said the morning got off to a slow start, but from between 7am and 9am, folks just kept on coming. It was only a short wait, though, for a fresh batch of scrambled eggs to be cooked and served up for those waiting in line.
The weather did impact the carnival during the Lamar Days activities, with fewer than hoped for youngsters lining up for the amusement rides on Friday night and Saturday morning. By noontime Saturday, the rain had ended and temperatures warmed a few degrees. Willow Creek Park still attracted vendors and buyers, as well as those who wanted a taste of BBQ from a variety of vendors. Folks crowded together for the dance review, provided by different age groups in “All the Right Moves”. There was the annual showing of some classic vehicles, from two and three wheel bikes, to some vintage cars from decades gone by that could get you to there and back again without the need for an inboard computer.
Sunday’s weather was more promising for the annual Rod Run, as well as the Lamar Rotary Ducky Dash, when hundreds of lucky ducks were poured into the Lamar Canal for an annual fund-raising race. The top three winners this year were Jana Weimer winning $750, Franco Northrup winning $500 and Deloach’s Water winning $250. Karen Ketcham from the Rotary said plans are underway for the presentation of checks this Thursday, during the weekly Rotary meeting. The funds generated from the annual “Dash” purchase dictionaries, presented each year in southeast Colorado to various elementary school students.
By Russ Baldwin
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