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BBQ Results Update: Wild West BBQ & Fiesta Celebrated Food, Diversity and Wheels

The skies over Lamar cleared by mid-morning Saturday, May 9th, for the 11th Annual Wild West BBQ Cook Off at Willow Creek Park and the 3rd Annual Fiesta on the Plains.  There had been sufficient rainfall on Friday and early Saturday morning to warrant some concern about how the rest of the day would pan […]

2014 Year in Review-September/October

September: Shawna Hodge, Executive Director for Lamar Partnership Incorporated, announced that the city had won first place for the 2014 Colorado Main Street of the Year.  She said the selection was made by the Colorado Main Street Advisory Board and announced by the State Department of Local Affairs.  The judging was based on two criteria:  […]

Southeast Colorado Diversity Council Hosts Annual Banquet

  Jared Penaflor was welcomed as the new president of Southeast Colorado Diversity Council during the organization’s 8th annual banquet at the Lamar Eagles Lodge, Saturday, October 11.  Formerly known as Voces Unidas, this past year, the group decided to reorganize and become independent of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce.  Along with Penaflor, new officers […]

Lodging Panel Funds New/Old Events

Members of the Two Shot Goose Hunt are at work finalizing the 48th annual get-together for Lamar and Southeast Colorado.  Bob and Rose Ann Yates, President and Executive Director, respectively, detailed some of the financial benefits the Two Shot has brought to Prowers County for almost a half century for members of the Prowers County […]

BBQ and Cinco de Mayo is a Winning Combination

Families congregated at Willow Creek Park in Lamar this past Friday and Saturday to enjoy a Fiesta on the Plains, presented by Sand and Sage Round-Up and Voces Unidas for another year. BBQ contest pros and amateurs fired up their grills to take part in another round of culinary technique, vying for some serious dollars […]

County Lodging Panel Funds October Events

  Four events in the Prowers County community received either partial or full funding from the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel during their monthly meeting, Tuesday, September 17.  The funds are used for marketing and advertising future events in hope of drawing visitors to the county from outlying areas.  Marge Creech represented the Holly Bluegrass […]

A Perfect Pool Party

  Voces Unidas continued to provide some summer fun and relief from the heat this past Sunday, July 7, with their annual free pool party at the Lamar Municipal Swimming Pool.  This marks the 5th year that Voces Unidas has hosted the party in conjunction with the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and various municipal and civic organizations.  […]

Results from Wild West BBQ and Lamar Days Parade

Click a picture to start the slide show. The annual Wild West BBQ competition, run under the guidelines of the Kansas City Barbecue Society had a record 31 entries for this year’s competition at Willow Creek Park on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, in conjunction with Voces Unidas and the Cinco De Mayo […]

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board Okays Funding for Downtown Coffee Shop

Brew Unto Others, Coffee with a Cause, is the name of a proposed, church supported coffee shop, which hopes to open their operation this spring in downtown Lamar. Shawna Hodge, Executive Director of Lamar Partnership Incorporated and Renee Beebe, who will manage the property, briefed the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board on the business operation and […]

Lamar City Council Approves Board Appointments, Passes 2nd Amendment Resolution

    The Lamar City Council postponed the Lamar Redevelopment Authority Board meeting for a later date. The meeting was to provide information from two attorneys, John Batey and Paul Benedetti, on how to best make use of TIF (tax incremental funding) generated within the urban renewal district in Lamar.  Linda Williams, Lamar City Clerk, […]

Planning Underway for Annual 9/11 Tribute in Lamar

  A repeat performance of the local tribute to 9/11 first responders is over a half year away, and an organizational meeting to map out the second annual event was held this past Monday, February 4,  at the Lamar Chamber of Commerce offices.  Doug Harbour, working with Voices of Southeast Colorado and Voices Unidas, originated […]

Downtown Lamar Hosts Moonlight Madness

Click on a picture to start slide show mode: Photos by Russ Baldwin and Vincent Gearhart The Lamar Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Madness this year provided just the right touch of autumn chill in the air. Costumed kids and their parents lined up at the rear entrance of Wild West Athletics on North Main Street, […]

Community Awards Presented at Voces Unidas Banquet

Click on a picture to see the slide show. Voces Unidas in Lamar began its 6th year of operation with their annual banquet and meeting this past Saturday, October 13, at the Lamar Eagles Lodge. The keynote speaker for the festivities was Jermaine Stafford, SER Director of Youth and Community Service Division. He is employed […]

‘Thank You’ to the Community

On behalf of Voices of Southeast Colorado and Voces Unidas for making the Remembrance of 9/11 and Tribute to our local First Responders so successful.  It was impressive to see all our First Responders in uniform and with their equipment.  The patriotic songs presented to beautifully by the Noteables, Air Care’s spellbinding flyover, and the […]

Local First Responders Given Show of Appreciation

  First Responders and fallen alike were honored and remembered in Lamar in three ceremonies this past Tuesday, September 11 on the 11th anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City. A memorial flag raising ceremony was conducted for the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the Lamar […]

Public Invited to 9/11 First Responder Tribute

Voices of Southeast Colorado and Voces Unidas are co-sponsoring an afternoon gathering of the community for a special tribute to area first responders.  The public is invited to the north steps of the Prowers County Courthouse at 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 11, in memory of those first responders who came to our nation’s aid during […]

Prowers County Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

  You could not have bought a better day for this past Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The sunny skies and warm weather brought out the crowds again this year to North Side Park in Lamar.  Families found either a picnic table or unfolded their own chairs, while the youngsters discovered the inflatable amusements and […]

Cinco de Mayo Set for Saturday at North Side Park

Fair skies are forecast for this Saturday when area residents enjoy the activities planned for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at North Side Park in Lamar. Booths and vendors will be on hand from 10am to 5pm, featuring free inflatable games/rides for kids, with DJ Manual Vazquez providing music through the day. Voces Unidas extends […]

Voces Unidas Hosts 5th Annual Banquet

John Maxwell, the director of the Compassion Center in Lamar received the Voces Unidas Citizenship award during the 5th annual banquet at the Lamar Eagles Lodge this past Saturday, October 15. Maxwell has been in charge of the Compassion Center at 710 West Olive Street since March of this year. Maxwell thanked the diversity oriented […]

Voces Unidas Celebrating 5th Year with Annual Banquet

Voces Unidas has been actively involved with the Lamar community since its inception five years ago.  This Saturday, October 15, members of Voces Unidas will host their fifth annual banquet at the Lamar Eagles Lodge.  The scheduled guest speaker is Michael Bowman, Independent Strategic Advisor.  The cost of the annual meeting and banquet is $15 […]