Over 200 people gathered in the Tucumcari Convention Center Ballroom Thursday evening for the annual Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce Banquet which featured music, food, a guest speaker, drawings and a silent auction.
According to Kim Gray of the Chamber of Commerce, the evening which had as its theme, “Campaign for Tucumcari/Quay County” was “a wonderful success.”
In keeping with the “Campaign” theme the entry to the event was decorated to look like a voting booth and then individuals “cast their votes” as they registered for the many door prize drawings that were held throughout the evening.
Each table looked as if it would almost be more at home at a political convention than a chamber banquet with small placards and red, white and blue streamers as the center pieces of each table.
But door prizes were not the only way an individual could leave with more than he or she came with at the beginning of the evening. Numerous silent auction items were on display and interested people could bid on them. The items ranged for art work and clothing to tool sets and gift certificates to area business.
Many bidders, including Ronnie Sanders and Grace Madrid bid on several items and left with more than one of the silent auction items.
Madrid said much of the selecting was done by her husband not her.
Speaker for the evening was Lowell Catlin who grew up along the Texas/New Mexico state line and now is economics professor at New Mexico State University.
Catlin spoke of the potential of the Tucumcari area and specifically the potential of individuals in the Tucumcari area to step up and be successful in the age of cell phones and computers.
“I thought he was excellent,” said Larry Bond of Traveler’s One Stop who was in attendance listening to the speaker. “He made a great deal of sense.”
Bond said Catlin was especially effective because of his entertaining style of presentation.
“I’m just weird,” said Catlin early on in his presentation about his point of view on life, but according to Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation Head Ben Kendrick, their was less weirdness that entertaining and savvy knowledge which was presented to the audience.
Throughout the evening the band Route 66 played to an appreciative audience.