Thanks for new truck!

Lamar Volunteer Fire Department Chief Carl Stubbs stands next to his department’s new pumper.

The Lamar Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) will celebrate its 18th annual LaMardi Gras, Feb. 14-15 on the grounds of the fire station (302 Bois D’Arc).

Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and will continue until 11 p.m.

Saturday’s fun begins at 10 a.m., with the parade starting at 11 a.m. Activities continue throughout the day and evening, until 11 p.m.

LaMardi Gras has something for everyone, including food, beer, wine, vendors, a Chinese Auction, casino, game warden education trailer, LaMardi Gras souvenirs, raffle tickets, and more.

Live music during the weekend includes:

Friday, Feb. 14

5-8 p.m. – Southpaw

8-11 p.m. – Cruise Control

Saturday, Feb. 15

Noon-3 p.m. - Ca Va Bien Cajun Band

3-6 p.m. – Jon Mikael Mrez Band

7-11 p.m. – Riptide

Admission is only $3 (12 and older).

For more information visit or check out the LaMardi Gras Facebook page.

LVFD buys new pumper

LVFD Chief Carl Stubbs has reason to be happy entering this year’s LaMardi Gras. His department accepted delivery of its new 2019 pumper Jan. 7.

“We had to do all the outfitting after it was delivered, but it’s ready to go,” said Stubbs.

No debt was incurred with the purchase of the new firefighting vehicle.

Stubbs said the LVFD now has two pumpers, a tanker, two brush trucks, a utility pickup, and two Polaris Rangers. It is selling its 27-year-old pumper, which was replaced by the new one.

“We really appreciate all the support we have received, from donations given through our letter drive and support through the City of Rockport’s utility surcharge (on natural gas accounts on this side of the bridge) to the recent $20,000 donation from Castaways,” said the chief.

“We can’t do our job without the public’s generous support.”

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