Nominations are being sought for the Las Animas/Bent County Chamber of Commerce Citizen, Business and Farm/Ranch Family of the year. Winners will be honored at the chamber's annual banquet, set for March 7.

An all-volunteer organization with approximately 100 paid members, the chamber hosts six to eight events promoting the town and county each year.

Another function of the chamber is providing tourism and community information to travelers who stop at the Chamber Visitor Center, at the corner of Highway 50 and Grove Avenue. Staffing the Center for 2019 will be Mike Dean and new volunteers Jack Barrington, Don Herman and Ross Stotz.

Other events for 2019 include:


Santa Fe Trail Day, on April 26. The chamber is responsible for the downtown vendor booths and the evening Oyster Fry at Las Animas High School. Rocky Mountain Oysters are provided by Core Civic (CCA- prison).
The Annual Wellness Walk, on May 11, with the chamber assisting as needed and giving a cash donation.
A new event this year, in conjunction with the Las Animas/Bent County Library, is a speaker during the All Class Reunion weekend, May 24-26.
A pancake breakfast at the Bent County Fair, July 26, is provided by the Chamber.
September brings High School Homecoming and a chamber-sponsored tailgate party at the football field with hot dogs, games and face painting.
The downtown Children’s Halloween Spook Parade on Oct. 26, with prizes awarded for best costumes.
The Christmas Spirit Lighting contest begins right after Thanksgiving, with Las Animas Municipal Utilities providing prizes and the chamber responsible for the contest details.

For complete nomination details, call 456-0453 or email labcchamberof commerce@yahoo.com.