, Muskogee, OK

July 30, 2013

CHAMBER NOTES: Farmers’ Market hours to change slightly

— The “Chamber Notes” are going to be relatively short and sweet this week.

First, a note about our weekly Chamber luncheons. We will be at Simple Simon’s Pizza in Fort Gibson at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in August.

Everyone is invited to join us for this very informal weekly get-together. We always enjoy great food from one of Fort Gibson’s finest, and the company and conversation is equally great.

We want to thank Kristie and James Noblitt and their crew at the Courtyard Bistro & Bakery for their hospitality throughout July.

We had a good turnout Thursday with Justin Young, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Kathy Perkins, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Cliff Garrett, with son Carson and daughter Camryn, and myself.

After conversations with several of the regular vendors at our Fort Gibson Farmers’ Market, the regular hours have changed to 4 to 6 p.m. beginning Thursday. The market is held at Langston Park.

The heat, and sometimes the product being sold, usually makes a two-hour stay the normal for most anyway.

The new time slot allows for most residents to stop by after work, whether they are coming from Fort Gibson or Muskogee.

Vendors are welcome to set up a bit earlier and stay a bit longer. But we will post the times as 4 to 6 p.m.

As always, there is no vendor or space fee for vendors who wish to sell their homemade wares, arts and crafts, or homegrown fruits and vegetables. Check them out.

Finally, I am going to keep shouting about our upcoming “all new” 10K, 5K, and Mile Fun Run, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

Runners will start at the soccer field area of the school, northeast of the administration building, and run up Ross Avenue, east on Poplar Street.

Runners in the 5K will turn north on Wiley, while 10K runners will go up to Spurlock before turning toward Cemetery Road. Runners in the 5K will follow Cemetery, working their way back to Lee Street and back to the school.

Runners in the 10K also will run west on Cemetery, but will turn north up Garrison and around the old fort before making it to Lee Street and back to the school.

The mile runners also will go up Ross Avenue to a point on Poplar and then back to the school.

We are excited about this year’s run and the new course. Over 800 runners are expected, and it will take a full-town effort to make it work. Residents are encouraged to set up water stations for the runners and are asked to keep all pets within the confines of the house or yard.

Established stations also will be set up along the route. Cherokee Nation’s Wings are involved, and timing for the new run will be by TATUR Racing with individual chips being used for each runner to measure their time.

Entry is $20, or $15 for teams, groups, or clubs of six or more. Entry fee includes the official timing, a T-shirt, water stations, and fruit at the end of the race, courtesy of Harps.

Sponsorships are also being requested. Sponsorships will get your name on the back of the official T-shirt, going to the over 800 runners. Sign-up is available online at For information, contact me at the chamber,  (918) 577-2069 or

Should be a great event.