, Muskogee, OK

Fort Gibson

June 9, 2014

Catfish dinner brings out big crowd

First and foremost, may we never forget the greatest generation and the sacrifice so many of them made on D-Day, 70 years ago on June 6, 1944. At that time, we were truly “one nation, under God.” It is a shame that so many of our young people don’t understand the significance of what happened then. Our freedoms today reflect back to that effort, and many of us feel that many of those freedoms are slipping away yet again.

That said, there was a great turnout to the Thursday evening, catfish dinner, served up by the American Legion Post #20, here in Fort Gibson. Post Commander Tim Smith said that more than 120 dinners were served. And when you consider that it was an “all-you-can-eat” situation, many more than 120 dinners were consumed. Our local legion post does a great job, and proceeds from the dinners benefit various local youth efforts.

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Thursdays have great significance here in Fort Gibson. It represents the Weekly Chamber Luncheon day, Farmers’ Market day, and the evening feed at the American Legion. For the month of June, our Weekly Chamber Luncheons are being held at 11:30 a.m. at Charlie’s Chicken, and support has been good. The past couple of weeks, the following were in attendance: Mark Young, Justin Young, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Sue Edwards, Kathy Perkins, Tim Smith, Tracey Smith, and daughters, Shelbey and Alexis, Robert Chisolm, and myself. Come join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.  

This year’s Farmers’ Market at Langston Park has gotten off to a slow start, but the invitation is open to vendors to set up their booths without charge each Thursday, preferably between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. And Tim Smith has announced that the Thursday evening feeds at the American Legion will be shut down until Aug. 7, so they can update some of their equipment and better handle the crowds. Hurry back. That catfish was great, as are the beans and cornbread.

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And that brings us to the 20th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 13 and 14, only a week away.  

This year’s event looks to be the best yet, with more than $3,000 in cash prizes and drawings being given out. Trophies will go to the top 50 entries, and the “Best of Show” winners in each category (car, truck, and motorcycle) will each get a 5-foot trophy and $500. We will also do a drawing for $1,000 to one of the entries.

There will be plenty of giveaways for those in attendance as well, thanks to Cherokee Nation-Fort Gibson Casino, Keith Hardware, Harp’s Food Store, Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, Wayne’s Muskogee Auto Trim, along with others.

Friday evening highlights the “Burnout Contest” and “Loud Pipe Contest,” along with an “Around Town Cruise.” Activities get started at 7 p.m., and bleachers will be set up for the public. And, there is no charge to the public for attendance to any of the events. Cash and trophies will go to the winners. Also, drawings will be held for those who participate in the free cruise following the burnout and loud pipe contests.  

Starting place will be the Church of Christ parking lot, on South Lee Street. Saturday’s event will get started early, as entries start showing up around 7 a.m., with the deadline to enter being 11 a.m. Also at 11 a.m., we will have the Presentation of the Colors by Boy Scout Troop 626 and the singing of the national anthem by Carrigan Bradley, followed by a prayer.

Music will be provided by DJ, Chris Mann, and entertainment will be provided by the band Ser. Food and merchandise vendors will be present, along with several activities, including huge inflatables for the kids, and a Lazer Tag arena, for the public to test their skills.

And, you don’t want to miss the drawing for the Rossi/Winchester, 1892 Limited Edition, 23K gold-plated, 45 Long Colt Rifle, which will take place at noon. Raffle tickets for this rifle will be available prior to the drawing, both Friday evening and Saturday. Proceeds go to the Fort Gibson Education Foundation. In all, a great family event both days, so don’t miss it.

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