June is upon us, along with the “official” start of summer and all the activities that it brings. Upcoming here in Fort Gibson, we have the 20th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 13 and 14; following the Car Show, the annual Corn Festival, is scheduled for June 27 and 28, in downtown Fort Gibson; July brings the July 4th Fireworks Show at the high school football stadium; and Aug. 23 marks the second year of the 10K Run, which also includes a 5K Run and Mile Fun Run, starting at the school soccer fields.
The chamber, along with the town of Fort Gibson, have strived to bring at least one major event to our community each month. We are getting close to accomplishing our goal. Ongoing weekly events include the Weekly Chamber Luncheon at a local restaurant and the Fort Gibson Farmers’ Market at Langston Park, both scheduled for each Thursday.
Any suggestions on how we can improve our events, or what events we might be missing, is always appreciated. We are currently working with the town and the Historic Site, to try and revive Heritage Days, previously known as “Old Fort Days.” News on this effort will be forthcoming.
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The first major event on the books, of course, is the 20th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 13 and 14. This great town event gets started with the ever-popular Burnout Contest and Loud Pipe Contest, sponsored by Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel on June 13, alongside the Phillips 66 station on South Lee Street and U.S. 62.
These events are free to the public, and bleachers will be set up to accommodate the spectators as vehicles try to burn up their tires or make the most noise from their exhaust. To enter either one of these events, the cost is only $10, and trophies and cash will be awarded the winners.
These two events get started around 7 p.m., and following the presentations to the winners, we will hold our Around Town Cruise, beginning at the Church of Christ parking lot on South Lee Street. Anyone can enter this cruise with their vehicle at no charge, and we will hold a drawing at the conclusion of the cruise, for several cash prizes. We invite everyone to participate in this cruise around our town, which lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.
Also, we can always use more help for these events, so if you are interested in getting involved and helping out, please give me a call at (918) 577-2069, or email, at firstname.lastname@example.org ... thanks.
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June 14 brings us the actual car show with entries showing up early to begin lining our downtown streets (Lee and Poplar), with cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all description, years, and classes. Entry is only $20, which includes a dash plaque and a chance to win $1,000, by drawing. Also awarded, are trophies to the top 50 entries, and 5-foot trophies, along with $500 each to the Best of Show in each of the three categories — car, truck, and motorcycle.
Music will be provided by our DJ, Chris Mann, playing great crusin’ tunes from the ’50s and ’60s. Food and merchandise vendors will also be present to provide you with your every desire. Official T-shirts will be on sale at the chamber office, and activities will be provided, including a new Laser Tag area to test your accuracy and combat skills. Giant inflatables will be provided for the kids.
At noon, the drawing for the 1892 Rossi/Winchester 45 rifle will take place. Tickets for this 24 kt. gold-plated, limited edition, collectors item will be on sale prior to the drawing. All proceeds from this raffle will benefit the Fort Gibson Education Foundation. Tickets also will be on sale Friday evening at the burnout and loud pipe contests.
Live entertainment will be provided by the band Ser in the gazebo. Official start of the Car Show and deadline for entries, is 11 a.m. Saturday. Attendance to the car show is free to the general public and is always a great family event, which also includes many door prizes for the spectators.
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One final word, regarding our Weekly Chamber Luncheon, scheduled at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. For the month of June, we will be meeting at Charlie’s Chicken, so come join us for this very casual get-together. No strings, just good food and good company.