By Gary Perkins
Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce
It's been a busy week getting some of the early plans rolling for this year's Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show scheduled for June 14-15.
The Car Show Committee met this past week and put the final stamp of approval on a design for this year's poster and T-shirt.
Tonia Cooper and Denise Bain of SonBurst Graphics have done a masterful job of creating a very colorful design that should catch everyone's attention.
Also, more than 100 mailings have gone out to both food and merchandise vendors, and invitations for sponsorships for the car show.
These sponsorships are crucial to the success of the show, and there are different levels of support — all of which are recognized on the back of the official T-shirt, while higher levels of sponsorships are also recognized in both print and vocally during the show.
It is always a great indication of the growth of this annual event, this being the 19th year, when I start getting requests for vendor spots very early in the year.
Such has been the case this year. I have also received inquiries from different car clubs around the state wanting to know the date of our event and asking for entry forms.
With all that going on, I feel this year's car show will be one of our biggest and best to date.
As always, Friday evening features the “Burnout and Loud Pipe Contest” along with the “Around Town Cruise” to cap off the evening.
Cash and trophies are presented for the contests, and cash drawings will be part of the cruise.
There is no charge to participate in the cruise — also known as a car parade.
Saturday features the car show, which is open to all classes. Traditionally, we award trophies to the top 50 entries, regardless of class.
We also feature DJ Chris Mann, who will be playing that great 50's and 60's cruisin' music, plus great live entertainment.
As mentioned, food and merchandise vendors will provide a variety of goodies and this year we are also featuring a “no booth charge” automotive swap meet.
Anyone or any business wanting to bring their merchandise and set up in a designated area will be able to sell their parts and accessories, new or used, without a space charge.
Also, throughout the day, we will be having drawings and contests for cash and prizes for everyone.
Friday evenings activities begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s show gets started early as entries start showing up around 7 a.m.
Official start of the day — with the national anthem, posting of the colors, and an opening prayer — will be at 11 a.m.
We are blessed to be in an area where this is the established and accepted tradition. This is a great family-oriented event that everyone will enjoy and want to be part of.
If anyone would like to be part of the planning committee, or if you have questions or suggestions, give me a call at the chamber, (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069, or check us out on line at www.fortgibson.com.
For the month of April, our Weekly Chamber Luncheons will be held at Boomarang Diner on South Lee Street, at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.
Our luncheon is open to anyone and everyone, and there is no meeting structure or planned dialog.
It consists merely of a bunch of friends getting together to enjoy a meal and casual conversation. Come out and give us a try.
This past week we enjoyed the company of Sue Edwards, Judy Sadler, Kathy Perkins, Mark Young Cheryl Hill, Justin Young, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain and myself.
Of course, the conversation consisted of the cold weather, hail damage, school and soccer activities, the recent run, shopping, family and a little politics. It is always a fun event for those attending. See you next Thursday.