, Muskogee, OK

June 30, 2014

Fireworks show starts at dusk

By Gary Perkins
Chamber Notes

— First and foremost, I want to make sure everyone is aware of our annual July 4th Fireworks Show, scheduled for July 4 (duh), at the Fort Gibson High School football stadium.

The gates to the stadium will be open early, but the actual fireworks won’t start until dusk, or around 9:15 p.m. Families are encouraged to come and sit in the stands or bring chairs or blankets for the area between the stadium and snack bar/restrooms. You may also want to bring snacks and drinks, no alcohol, as the snack bar won’t be open, but the restrooms will be.

This fireworks spectacular is free to the public and has gotten better each year. We’ll kick things off around 9 p.m. with an opening prayer, and the national anthem. Patriotic music will be played throughout the evening, and the atmosphere is always one that makes for a great family-oriented event as we celebrate and remember the importance of our nation’s independence.

It’s always great to see the surrounding neighborhoods, as family and friends gather to enjoy a cookout and watch the fireworks from their driveways and patios. Parking is available in the usual area, south of the school complex. The east side of the stadium and parking area will be closed to the public for safety reasons. Also, it is usually pretty warm this time of year, so you might want to bring a pad to sit on in the stadium and some water.

If you have any questions, give me a call at (918) 577-2069.

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We’ve had a great turnout for our Weekly Chamber Luncheons. For June, we’ve met at Charlie’s Chicken, and those in attendance have included: Mark Young, Justin Young, with son Westin, Belinda Williams, Charlie Leveille, Lisa Clayton, Sue Edwards, Kathy Perkins, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Mike Ruby, Tim and Tracey Smith, and myself.

We want to thank Doug Burt and his crew for their excellent food and great hospitality this past month.

We would have normally moved to the Courtyard Bistro for July, but since they are closed because of their unfortunate fire, we will move to Simple Simon’s Pizza for the month. Come join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Our luncheon is open to anyone.

It is always just a casual get-together without any meeting structure or set agenda. Give us a try.

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For many reasons, our weekly Fort Gibson Farmers Market has not been overly attended to date.

We would like to encourage vendors to set up their stands, without charge, preferably between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Thursdays at Langston Park.

The offer is open throughout the growing season, so we invite all to take advantage of it.

I’ve seen Martha’s pies there on occasion, so keep checking the site each Thursday for possible vendors.

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And finally, our 18th Annual Fort Gibson Run is scheduled for Aug. 23, which includes a 10K, 5K, and Mile Fun Run.

Starting time is 7:30 a.m. at the soccer area, northeast of the school complex.

This year’s course will once again go through the streets and neighborhoods of Fort Gibson, with the finish line for all runs back at the start area.

Entry fee is $20, or $15 for teams or groups of six or more, and that includes an “official” T-shirt, provided water stations, along with fruit and snacks at the start/finish area.

The race is USATF sanctioned and supported by the Cherokee Nation Wings Organization.

Last year we had upward of 800 runners and expect the same or more this year.

Several local streets will be temporarily shut down the morning of the run, and we will try to get the information out to all those affected, prior to the run.

We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors for this annual event, so give me a call if you are interested in helping us out. Information: (918) 577-2069 or email