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Fort Gibson

May 28, 2013

CHAMBER NOTES: Annual car, truck, motorcycle show nears

First and foremost, may we extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by last week's storms throughout our state. The devastating force of an Oklahoma tornado was certainly evident in the destruction seen in both Moore and Shawnee, as well as other isolated areas. It reminds us all just how fragile life is. Again, it is our hope and prayer that lives can be rebuilt and the strength, spirit, and support of all Oklahomans will prevail as it always does.

The chamber office will be closed next week, so this is the next-to-last chance to spread the word about our 19th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 14-15. As you all know, the festivities get started Friday evening, June 14, with our ever-popular Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests. These contests are open to anyone wishing to see how much smoke they can produce from burning tires within a 30-second period. This happens on Ross Street alongside the Phillips 66 station beginning at 7 p.m. Prizes include cash and trophies for the winners based on crowd approval. Following the Burnout Contest will be the Loud Pipe Contest. This allows those who think their vehicles can make the most noise, including open pipes (without mufflers), to do so to the delight of the crowd. A trophy will be awarded the winner. Following both those events, we will hold a "Town Cruise," which is open to anyone, without charge. It is a great time to get out your special vehicle and follow us around a prescribed “parade route” around town. For those participating, we will hold a random drawing for cash rewards. Friday evening is always a great time for everyone involved. Entry into the Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests is only $10. Of course, it is free to all spectators, and bleachers will be set up along the north side of Ross Street. For safety, we ask that no one be on the south side of Ross.

Saturday, June 15, is our Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, with entries from around the surrounding area, and all classes of rides. While entries start showing up early Saturday morning, usually around 7 a.m., the actual start of the show and deadline for entry is 11 a.m. For those helping out at the car show, a special breakfast will be hosted by the American Legion Post #20, at 6 a.m. This will be free to all those involved in the production of the car show, including town personnel. We are still in need of other volunteers, for those interested in lending a hand, especially between the hours of 7 and 11 a.m., with the lining up of the entries and vendors. At 11 a.m., the official start of the event, we will have an opening prayer, posting of the colors, and singing of the national anthem — a tradition for the car show. To enter the car show with a vehicle or motorcycle is $20, which includes a dash plaque. We will award trophies to the top 50 entries along with other prizes and surprises. Throughout the day, we will have great ’50s and ’60s tunes being played by our DJ, along with many food and merchandise vendors. Live entertainment will also be featured along with drawings for various door prizes, throughout the day. We will also feature a “free space” auto parts swap meet area, for those with car goodies to peddle their wares and used parts. There is no charge for the general public to enjoy any of the events, and it is always a great family show that brings several thousand people to downtown Fort Gibson each year. Plan on joining us.

For the month of May we have enjoyed the great food at the new Fajita Rita's for our Weekly Chamber Luncheons each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The past couple of weeks those in attendance have included: Steve Clinkenbeard, Mark Young, Justin Young, Sue Edwards, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Rhonda Lee, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Morgan Bain, Justin Young, and myself. Come join us on the 30th at Fajita Rita's at 11:30 a.m. as we finish out the month there. For the month of June, we will move our Weekly Luncheon to Charlie's Chicken each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. See you all there.

Also, don't forget, our weekly Farmers’ Market is now open each Thursday at Langston Park on South Lee Street, from 3 to 7 p.m. There is no booth fee for vendors to set up and sell fruits, vegetables, plants, and other food items. Tables and canopies may be set up on the grass, and we ask that you be respectful of the park and clean up after each selling period.

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