Along with all the other things that come to mind with the first signs of spring, also comes thoughts of our annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show scheduled this year for June 14-15.
We held our first planning meeting this past week, and went over the basic plans and format for this year's event.
As in years past, and this is our 19th annual show, we will kick off the event with a "Loud Pipe Contest" and "Burnout Contest" on Friday evening alongside the Phillips 66 station at Lee and Ross streets.
This event, sponsored by Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, is always a great crowd-pleaser, and will start at 7 p.m.
There will be a $10 entry fee to enter a vehicle in each of these contests, with cash and trophies going to the winners. Of course, all events are free to the public, and we will have bleachers set up on the North side of Ross Street.
Following the Burnout Contest, we will again have our annual Car Cruise. There is no entry fee to participate in this "car parade", which will follow a course around town, and end up back where we start.
The gathering place for the cruise is yet to be determined, but we'll let everyone know in plenty of time.
Also this year, we will again give out $50 bills to various participants of the cruise, selected through random drawing.
This is a great way to show off your special ride and possibly win some cash too. Sign up booths at the Phillips 66 parking area will be set up for all Friday evening contests, along with music, T-shirts, and other surprises.
Food and drink is always available at McDonald's, Sonic, Charlie's Chicken, Boom-a-rang Diner, Fort Quick Stop, Courtyard Bistro, and Simple Simon's Pizza — all on that end of Lee Street.
Early that Saturday morning kicks off the actual Car Show, when entries and vendors start arriving downtown to set up about 7 a.m. for the day's program.
We've enjoyed upward of 200 entries in years past, and look forward to the same this year.
We award trophies to the top 50 entries, without regard to individual classes, and also present five-foot "Best of Show" trophies to the top car, truck and motorcycle.
Along with all the vehicles on display, food and merchandise vendors will be set up to tempt your shopping and eating desires.
We always officially kick off the event at 11 .m. Saturday with the Posting of the Colors, singing of the National Anthem, and a prayer.
Isn't it special that we live in a place and community where that privilege still exists and is highly accepted by all?
For Saturday, we also have DJ Chris Mann playing that great "cruisin' music" from the 50s and 60s, along with some special live entertainment.
Along with the trophies, we will also have lots of "door prizes" that will be given out to the general public.
We are also working on a big drawing prize for our car show entries. More info to come on that.
Also this year, we will host a "no fee" Auto Swap Meet.
Vendors and the public can bring their own tables and merchandise, and set up in a designated place, to sell their automotive accessories and spare parts.
In all, we look forward to another great show this year, with some fabulous entries for our viewing delight.
This is a great family event, and of course, there is no charge to the public.
Car Show entry fee is $20, which includes a dash plaque, and vendor space is available for only $15.
Again, no charge for the Swap Meet space. Mark your calendars now — June 14-15.
Sponsors for this annual event, include the Chamber of Commerce, Town of Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, Ryan's Transmissions of Fort Gibson, along with many others that always donate and are recognized on the back of our T-shirts, and in all programs and ads as we get closed to the actual show.
Give me a call at (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069.
One final note, for the month of March our Weekly Chamber Luncheon is being held at Subway on South Lee Street at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.
Come join us and experience the fun. These past couple weeks we've had Rhonda Lee, Dwayne Thompson, Michael Mayo, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Kathy Perkins, Lisa Clayton, Sue Edwards, and myself in attendance. Always good food and good conversation, with no "business-like" structure to bore you.