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The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its annual banquet next week.
“It is a time to come together and honor the leaders in our community,” Chamber President Melissa Cook said. “We have the best volunteers and volunteers and we love to showcase them and break bread and talk about the good things happening in Lamar County.”
The annual event, now in its 109th year, is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Love Civic Center. Tickets are $20 each or $160 for a table of eight and are available at the chamber office at 8 West Plaza or or online. The chamber’s going with a casual theme this year with “Boots and Burgers.”
“We will be imitating a program that we do called Lamar County Days in Austin, where we take a large group of volunteers down and feed all the legislators and their staff – about 1,300 total with burgers and all of the fixins’,” Cook said. “We have several past chairmen who will be slaving over hot grills, flippin’ burgers, and Ambassadors inside helping with the rest.”
The keynote speaker this year is Jack Schultz, chief executive officer of Agracel Inc. The industrial development services company specializes in facilitating and retaining manufacturing and hi-tech jobs.
Other plans for the evening include recognizing retiring board members, Ambassador of the Year and Business of the Year. The Council of Garden Clubs will present its Beautification Award and Paris Economic Development Corp. will honor its Industry of the Year. Leadership Lamar County will also present the Mary Walker Clark Leadership Award.
“We will talk about what we have accomplished in 2013 and reveal our plans for 2014,” Cook said. “We will pass the gavel from outgoing Chair Robert High to incoming Chair Erik Roddy.”