SSHS alumnus Damione Lewis donates signed NFL jersery for Lamar Elementary’s PTO fair

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 27, 2007 - Football jerseys, a stay at an Oklahoma resort and lots of food and games are in store at Lamar Elementary School's annual County Fair, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Each year, the school's Parent Teacher Organization hosts one big event to help raise money for school projects and other needs the school's budget just can't cover. In the past, Lamar hosted a Halloween Carnival, but for the past four years they’ve offered a County Fair.

A live auction featuring a number of items donated by parents and community businesses will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

High on the list  is a Carolina Panthers jersey bearing the number 92, that of former Sulphur Springs Wildcat standout Damione Lewis, now a defensive lineman in the National Football League. Lewis donated the jersey, which he also autographed, for the auction. Also on the auction block will be footballs autographed by members of the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers teams.

Other items up for bid include purses, books, a spa-type bath and lotion pack, seasonal items such as fall and winter decor, hobby and scrap-booking items, and a weekend getaway to Hochatown Junction Resorts at Crazy Horse Cabin in Beaver’s Bend, Okla.

A silent auction will also be held in which students can bid to have lunch with their teachers.

A whole slate of indoor and outdoor activities are on tap at Friday's fair

One activity the students indicate they are especially looking forward to is the rock wall. This year marks the first time the wall has been available for students to climb on. Also, a number of Lamar student's dads have also agreed to donate their time to getting soaked in the dunking booth. Both activities will be held outside. Pony rides, a slide and basketball all-star activity will also be offered outdoors.

In the art pavilion, fairgoers can make sand art, have engraving done and make balloon animals.

In the cafeteria will be the cake walk, as wellas a cake contest in which parents will make and decorate cakes to be judged on taste and appearance. There will also be a sweet shop and concession stand. 

A number of other indoor activities will be held indoors, such as a fish pond and duck pond, football  throw, arm-wrestling and coin toss.

If all the activities causes those in attendance to work up an appetite, tickets can used to purchase corny dogs, nachos or a sausage on a stick.

There has also been a flurry of activity at the school among the students, who have donated change in jars at each grade level. The grade with the most money in its jar will see the teachers for that grade get a pie in the face. 

Lamar Elementary County Fair, spearheaded by PTO President Carmen Contreras, begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Friday at the school Tickets will be available during class hours at the school for five tickets for $1, or can be purchased during the fair for four tickets for $1.

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