Lodging Panel Okays Spring & Summer Event Funding


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Several spring and summer events had their funding requests approved by the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel during its regular meeting, Tuesday, February 18.  The Lamar Days Rod Run, Santa Fe Dutch Oven Cookers and 14U & 16U State and Regional Softball Tournaments were all approved for advertising and contract fees. 

Ron Cook, the organizer of the annual Lamar Days Rod Run, received $2,500 for the annual event which features a car show in Willow Creek Park, A Cruise with Cops Night, parade participation and a Sunday Poker Run with a Christian motorcycle club.  The event will be held May 16 – 18.   

Kent Anderson detailed a day-long event in Granada on June 7, called Cowboy Up at the Wagons.  The event, held at the End of the Line Arena, will feature various aspects of cowboy competition such as working cattle, show horses, best remuda judging and will also feature campsites and Santa Fe Dutch oven cooking.  About 200 people are expected to attend.  Anderson said marketing and contract fees are estimated at $3,800.   

The third request to the Lodging Panel was made by Jill Bellomy representing local organizers for 14 and under and 16 and under state and regional softball tournaments.  They are scheduled for Lamar on July 10-13 and July 16-20.  The contract fees amount to $9,500 combined.  Gate fees will be charged to defray the cost of hiring umpires.  As there will be no host families involved in the tournaments, Bellomy explained that hotels will be needed for coaches, players, parents and out of town spectators.  Regional competition will come from Kansas and Missouri teams, as well as Colorado participants.  The teams will stay between three and five days based on the brackets.

By Russ Baldwin

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