Chambre Vue

Lamar County

Chamber of Commerce 


April  2014
In This Issue
New Members
Opening Doors!!
Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


Speed Networking

April 10, 11:30 am- 1pm

Love Civic Center


Ribbon Cutting

Junior Livestock Association

April 10, 3pm

Red River Fairgrounds.


America Bull Dog Show

April 12

Sports Pavilion


Paris Wine Fest

April 12, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Downtown Paris


Keep Paris Beautiful

April 19, 8am - 12 pm

Home Depot Parking Lot


Easter Egg Hunt at the Maxey House

April 19, 9am-12pm


ASA Archery Tournament

April 24, 25, 26, 27

Love Civic Center


New Hope Grand Opening

Ribbon cutting and Live @ 5

April 29, 10 am - 5pm. Ribbon cutting will take place at 5. 

400 SW. 4th St.


Chisum Western Days

May 2, 4 pm

May 3-4, 9am - 5pm

Red River Valley Fairgrounds


Uncle Jesse 27th Annual Big Bass Classic

May 3, 2014

Pat Mayse Lake



Welcome our New Members!
Junior Livestock Association


Lamar County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Erik Roddy,Chairman
Steve Keywood, Chair Elect
Stephen Gerrald, VP Finance
Jeff Martin, VP Membership
Robert High, Immediate Past Chair
Bobby Walters
Curtis Fendley
John Godwin
Josh Bray
Cheri Bedford
A.J. Hashmi
Matt Birch
Matt Frierson
Greg Wilson
Chad Johnston
J.D. Davidson
Chuck Superville
Rhonda Rogers
James Brockway
Stephanie Connot
Dr. Pam Anglin
James Dorman
Stephen Grubbs
Frederick Reese
Chris Dux
Lisa Walker
Helen Ressler
Sydney Young
Shane Phifer
Tony Bowden



Mission Statement:



The Mission of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce is to lead the way for economic growth by promoting and meeting the needs of business, industry and tourism.







 We are LIVE!!

Come check out our new website at







The  New Visitor Guide is here!!!


The Lamar County Chamber of Commerce is the acknowledged front door to the community, responding to literally thousands of information requests annually from potential new residents, visitors and new or relocation businesses from all over the world.


Based on the preference of the request, the staff almost always responds with a city street map and the Visitor Guide, the Chamber's relocation magazine and community resource piece.


The latest edition of our Visitor Guide has been delivered and is now being distributed. This 80-page, glossy, four-color guide promotes the best that Lamar County offers.


Stop by and pick some up or call us at 903-784-250





Melissa Cook, President and CEO

Becky Semply, Tourism Director

Judy Daniel, Secretary

Gina Crawford, Administrative Assistant 

The President's Corner


"April Showers bring May flowers" or so the saying goes. For the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, April brings lots of visitors that will result in lots of sales and hotel tax in May. We are busily preparing for the ASA Archery SouthWest Shootout that will be here April 24-27th. This is our 8th year to host this event, which brings in shooters from Virginia to California. These professional shooters compete in 7 different venues and cumulate with someone winning the coveted title of shooter of the year.  These visitors to our community come in and fill our hotels, restaurants and stores and always tell us that Paris is, by far, the most hospitable community that they visit on their tour. It takes many volunteers to make this event happen and the Chamber simply could not do it without your support. We have the best volunteers anywhere and that always shines through to our guests, as well. The City of Paris is invaluable in the support that they give to this event and we are ever so grateful to them for their partnership and hard work in making this event happen.

We are working on another one of our signature events, which is the Tour de Paris Bicycle Rally. This is the 30th anniversary of this event, and we are so excited about the event and are planning some really exciting things to make this one really special, not only for the riders, but for the community, as well. The date for the Rally is Saturday, July 19th, and the riders will begin at 8:00 a.m. This event, too, is made possible by many of our volunteers. We have well over 900 riders that come from all across the region and spend hotel and sales tax dollars in Paris and Lamar County, too. This year we are offering a special commemorative 30th Anniversary jersey and socks for the event. These can be purchased online at

Last winter, the Chamber and the VCC commissioned Texas A&M Commerce to do an economic impact study for us on these two events, so that we could have a measure of exactly what they mean to us in dollar for dollar return on investment. Everyone always likes to see what they are getting for the money they are spending. Neither the ASA Shootout nor the Tour de Paris are direct revenue generators for the organization, so our question was - "Is this worth the expense that we are putting forth for our community to bring these folks here for these events?" The results of that study are in and will be released within the next two weeks. Be looking for this exciting news - you will be pleased!!



From Becky's Desk!  



Bonjour Y'all!

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  :D


WOW!  In just a few weeks, we will have visitors from all over the country and overseas will converge on Paris, Texas and Lamar County to compete in the 8th Annual ASA Southwest Shootout at Love Civic Center!  We have a host of volunteers helping in the concession stands, and giving that special "Southern Hospitality Welcome" that brands us!


The dates are Friday thru Sunday, April 25th thru 27th.


The Chamber Shoot is Thursday, April 24th, and will be named the Scottie Norrell Memorial Shoot.  Scottie was the first person to organize an Archery Club in Paris founded in 1958.  This club was called Red River Valley Bowmen, now known as Archers for Christ.

Scottie passed away last year, and we are honored to be remembering Scottie and the wonderful world of Archery that he brought to our area so long ago, and the excitement continues today!


Our calendar continues to fill up with great events such as the K9 Congress American Bulldog Show April 12 and 13 at the Pavilion next to Love Civic Center, and Antique and Classic Car Cruisin' starts back up this Friday night, April 4 around the Plaza.


Events just around the corner in early May are Uncle Jesse Big Bass Fishing Tournament May 3rd.  We have entries here at the Chamber office.  The "Big Catch" is worth $5000 to some lucky fisherman!

The  Paris Rodeo will be held May 2, 3 and 4th at the Paris Rodeo and Horse Club Arena at the Fairgrounds.  This is the 55th year!

John Chisum Western Days is scheduled for May 2 thru May 4th at the Fairgrounds.  There will be a Chuck Wagon Cook Off, Vendors displaying old time favorites and craft making demonstrations, and more!


Today, we welcomed over 85 folks from Arkadelphia, Arkansas to Paris.  They were on a tour bus heading home.  Hopefully, they will choose Paris for one of their tours in the near future.  We are always amazed at the many visitors that come our way and the positive comments that they give our community.


There is always something fun going on in Paris and Lamar County!  Discover wonderful treasures in your own back yard!


Opening Doors!!

The Chamber welcomes Olive Paris!!!
 Ribbon cutting for  our newest member!!
115 S. Main

Speed Networking for your business.                       


April 10, 2014

Civic Center 11:30 - 1 pm


A fun, exciting and effective way to meet local professionals and grow your business.


$20 Members

$25 Non-members


Gourmet boxed lunches included

Bring business cards

Wear company shirt


RSVP by April 8, 2014 





30th Anniversary Tour de Paris
Over 900 cyclists participate in this bicycle rally which provides something for all age groups.  The ride includes 5 routes which starts the participants near our Eiffel Tower, winds through Historic Downtown Paris and continues through the beautiful countryside of Lamar County, which makes this one of the favorite rides among cyclists.  Tour de Paris will be on July 19, 2014.

30th Anniversary Tour de Paris Jerseys and Socks

        Go online to purchase your
commerative 30th Anniversary jersey and socks today!!! 


 Jerseys - $70.00 Sleeveless or short sleeves

Sizes S-3X


Socks - $12.00



Go online and buys yours today!!!                  

8 West Plaza

Paris, TX 75460