2014 Lamar Days Highlights

As Lamar Days events approach each year, organizers and residents alike start watching the weekend forecast.  Will we be rained out or will it stay sunny and dry as is usually the case.  No need to worry over this past weekend, as a cloudy Friday evening did let loose with some overnight rains, but by Saturday, the skies cleared, temperatures climbed and despite some windy conditions, it was a picture-perfect weekend.

Young and old navigated the staircase at the Main Street Masonic Lodge to enjoy the annual Lamar Lions Pancake Breakfast.  Some people found their favorite spot along the parade route, while others decided to do some early morning sidewalk shopping from the businesses that were offering bargains that morning.

Wayne and Denny Albin were featured this year as local royalty, having been selected as the King and Queen for Lamar Days festivities.  The couple, former owners of Albin Radio and TV in Lamar, has lived in the community for over a half a century.

Following the parade, folks made their way to Willow Creek Park for a day filled with events and vendors for young and old, including the 19th Annual Lamar Days Rod Run Car Show, featuring a host of cars and motorcycles, from a supercharged Viper, to a Beach Boys era, 55cc Honda motorcycle.

Fast eaters signed up for the pie eating contest.  Some contestants, mostly in their teens, were either a little reluctant to dive face-first into an apple or blueberry pie, while others excepted the inevitable messy face and gobbled along for a first place finish, some looking like they just got warmed up for another round.

The annual Lamar Rotary Ducky Dash had kids running for prizes and the chance to draw a number from the big barrel of ducks to see who won the top three cash prizes.

Some water sports were also available, with kids walking on water in their personal bubbles, to a new feature, a splash bucket instead of the more familiar dunk tank.  Area notables such as Mayor Roger Stagner and several law enforcement officers got to ‘volunteer’ to sit under the water bucket for a three second shower.

The fine spring weather continued into Sunday, offering a chilly start for the annual Show and Shine Poker Run, sponsored by El Shaddai Warriors/Christian Motorcycle Club.  Once assembled, riders took off for their fund-raising destinations from Willow Creek Park.

By Russ Baldwin

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