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Fort Gibson

May 7, 2012

Chamber Notes: 'Super annual event' cruising your way

— We kicked off May with a great turnout at our weekly chamber luncheon held at the Classic Kitchen this past Thursday with the following in attendance: Justin Calvert, Justin Young, Mark and Sherry Young, Rhonda Lee, Tim Smith, Paula Foster, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, Sue Edwards and myself.

Plans for the summer, shopping, upcoming weddings, the school play, parties, more flags for the American Legion, golf and the car show were the main topics of conversation.

We hold our weekly chamber luncheons at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday — at the Classic Kitchen for the month of May.

That may change, however, as the Classic Kitchen is contemplating closing for the lunch period for the summer.

We hope they reconsider, because they are a great place for lunch with great sandwiches, other specials and delightful desserts.

Thursday there wasn't an empty seat in the house, and that is the kind of support they need to keep summertime productive.

I mentioned that one of the topics of conversation was the upcoming Chamber Golf Tournament at Pecan Valley Golf Course scheduled for May 19.

It features a four-man scramble, including 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, T-shirts, prizes and awards — including cash payouts for the top foursomes.

Cost is only $200 per foursome and you can sign up the morning of the tournament, which has a shotgun tee off time of 8:30 a.m.

For additional information, contact myself or Cliff Garrett, (918) 478-9774. Hole sponsorships are also available for businesses to get their name out there.

Another item mentioned was the car show scheduled for June 8-9.

This super annual event features the usual Friday evening Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests sponsored by Fort Gibson Tire and Wheel, which will be followed by a car parade this year beginning at the Keith Hardware parking lot.

Maps of the car parade route will be given out to all those participating at the beginning of the parade, along with a drawing ticket.

Anyone in a vehicle can enter and entry is free. A drawing will be held at the end back at the beginning parking lot with over $300 in prizes and cash to be given out.

To participate in the drawing, you must be at the start of the car parade and get registered and receive your ticket.

It should be a lot of fun for all those involved, and will take place of the Saturday afternoon cruise.

It basically is a cruise, but with a new title and time.

Saturday will feature the usual great collection of cars, trucks and motorcycles, along with food and merchandise vendors, official T-shirts, entertainment, door prizes, car parts swap meet, and also new this year, a drawing for a new Turbo 400 Transmission to one of the car show entries — valued at $2,500 and sponsored by Ryan's Transmissions of Fort Gibson.

Also new this year is the Auto Sound Competition, sponsored by United States Autosound Competition International.

This event is also known as “The Loudest Sport on Earth,” and will feature high-dollar sound systems being put to the test.

For more information on the sport, you can go online at www.autosound.org.

This year's car show, which is the 18th annual one for Fort Gibson, should be bigger and better than ever.

For information on entry, vendors or just being a spectator, give me a call at (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069.

All of our events are free to the public and always very family-orientated.

And finally, look for the announcement of the start of our weekly Fort Gibson Farmer's Market. It is anticipated that we will start this weekly event up within the next couple weeks. It will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. each Thursday.

We are working on a new location, but regardless, we will get it started very soon.

If you have any recommendations on how we can make it better, give me a call.

Everything we do is for you, the citizens of Fort Gibson, so your input is always important.

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