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Fort Gibson

June 24, 2014

Summer of events rolls on

With the car show behind us, it is time to focus our attention on our next big events coming up.  

First will be the annual Corn Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in downtown Fort Gibson. From 6 p.m. to midnight Friday will feature a street dance, and from 9 a.m. to around 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be an array of activities downtown, including food and merchandise vendors, music, and that great Fort Gibson sweet corn. This fun event is surely on the “don’t miss” list of things to do in Fort Gibson.

A week later, on July 4, we will have our annual free fireworks show at the high school stadium. The fireworks will start at dusk, or around 9:15 p.m. This is a great time to pack a picnic, bring your chairs or blanket for the ground or plan on sitting in the bleachers, and enjoy a super fireworks show. We’ll kick it off with the usual prayer, posting of the colors, and the singing of the national anthem — a proud tradition for Fort Gibson.

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In August, we have our 18th annual Fort Gibson Run. It included a 10K last year, and it will again this year, along with the customary 5K and mile Fun Run. Again, as it did last year, this run will start and finish at the soccer fields northeast of the school complex, at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 23. The cost to enter the run is $20, or $15 for teams or run groups of six or more. The fee includes a T-shirt. The winners will get medals. Water stations will be provided on the course, and fruit and drinks at the finish. The course will be much the same as last year, around the streets of Fort Gibson, and back to the soccer field for the finish. This run is Cherokee Nation-Wings supported. Last year we had upward of 800 runners and look forward to the same great turnout this year. Plan now to participate.

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Did you realize that the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce is on Facebook? We are, and you can check us out by going to Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce. Along with the Weekly Chamber Notes, we try to include pictures, announcements, and some additional town information. Check us out, and enter your “likes” or comments.

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For June, our Weekly Chamber Luncheons have been held at Charlie’s Chicken, at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. Recently, the following have attended and participated in the food and fun: Mark Young, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Justin Young, Tim Smith, Tracey Smith, Sue Edwards, Lisa Clayton, Kathy Perkins, Carol Milligan, Kim David, Monica Medley, and myself. Additionally, we would like to thank Kim David for her recent chamber membership. We will again meet Thursday at Charlie’s Chicken before moving to Simple Simon’s for the month of July. Come join us and experience the fun.

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One more note regarding a project that a recent high school graduate has undertaken. Whitney Stroup is attempting to raise the awareness of the desperate need for toddler-sized car seats for underprivileged children in our area. She has joined forces with the Infant Supply Closet to help bring to light this crucial need. As a concerned citizen and Girl Scout of Troop 519, she has made it her mission to help correct the shortage of toddler car seats, which reduces the risk of death by well over 50 percent. Most infants are protected by infant or booster car seats, but once they get to be toddler size, many have to resort to regular seat belts, which don’t properly protect toddlers, especially from the ages of 1 to 4. These seats cost from $60 to $100. If you or your organization/

business would like to help Whitney with her campaign, you can reach her at (918) 351-5496 or by email at cmwstroup@hotmail.com.

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