By Tova Fruchtman: QUAY COUNTY SUN
A sold-out crowd of 200 filled the Tucumcari Convention Center for the Tucumcari/ Quay County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Thursday evening.
The event — a major yearly fund raiser for the chamber — showcased many of the local businesses and local talent.
Businesses got their name out through donations to the silent auction — an eclectic array of items ranging from dinner for two and adventure weekends to local art to blood pressure monitors and an economy size box of toilet paper.
Attendees meandered around the table, bidding on items, snacking on cheese and vegetables, before everyone took a seat for the meal of steak and potatoes served by Caprock Creek Ranch.
“I think it was a great success. We had a lot of community participation,” said Virginia Wright, the executive director of the chamber. “The silent auction went very well… The food was delicious.”
Wright said she had heard good feedback from the community about the banquet Friday morning.
“I’ve talked to several people this morning and everyone thought it was one of the best banquets we’ve had,” she said.
The money that was raised from the silent auction and sales will help support the chamber projects and pay for advertisements in publications around the country to attempt to bring tourists into town, Wright said.
Beyond the benefits for the community the event also provided unique entertainment.
Shana Harmon, a Tucumcari resident, performed the Star Spangled Banner and tow songs from an album she recently recorded in Nashville.
Then, Dan Roberts from Aledo, Texas took the stage. The country and western singer that performed and toured with Garth Brooks, sang and told the stories behind his songs.
The room erupted with laughter as he sang songs like “Cowhand.com” and “Tucumcari Lady.”
“He made it a lot of fun by his comments and stories behind the songs,” Wright said.
Ellen Shankles, executive vice president of Citizens Bank said she enjoyed the evening.
“I thought the entertainment was great and the food was great,” she said. “I thought it was very nice.”
As a new addition to the event, the room was decorated with
art created by artists from around the community. Wright said she really enjoyed having that addition.
“I guess the real highlight of the evening was seeing so many new faces and the way that everyone enjoyed the art,” Wright said. “That was a big highlight was having the fine art displayed. It just rounded out the evening and everyone seemed to be having a really good time.”