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Fort Gibson

May 21, 2013

Chamber Notes: Golf tourney had good turnout

We had a great day of golf at our Sixth Annual Historic Golf Tournament this past Saturday at Pecan Valley Golf Course here in Fort Gibson.  

More than 20 players participated in the tournament, which featured a four-man scramble with cash awards to the top foursomes and plaques for closest to the pin and longest drive. The tournament included 18 holes of golf, a great lunch, provided by Charlie’s Chicken, Simple Simon’s Pizza, and Mac’s Drive-Inn; and T-shirts and golf towels with designs by SonBurst Graphics to each player. The day was hot and humid but rain-free, which made for some great golf. The winning team, with a score of 15 under par, consisted of Kyle Tingel, Jordan Whitford, Steve Drain and Gene Palstor. Second place with 14 under par was Brad Clinkenbeard, Johnny Alberty, John Cook and Pony McCrary. Longest drive honors went to Johnny Alberty, while closest to the pin was won by Jerry Chandler. In all, it was a great day of golf, and special thanks goes out to Cliff and Carmen Garrett for their help and being such good hosts. With all the other activities that were going on this weekend we felt honored to still have a good turnout for our event. Plans are under way for next year’s May classic.

It is hard to believe that we are less than a month away from this year’s 19th annual Car Show. Scheduled for June 14 and 15, this year’s event is shaping up to be a great show. Friday evening features the burnout and loud pipe contests, alongside the Phillips 66 station with trophies and cash awards going out to the winners. Following those contests will be the cruise around town with a random drawing for cash prizes. Saturday features the actual show downtown with great car, truck, and motorcycle entries from around the area. Saturday’s show also features music, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, official T-shirts, and lots of prizes and surprises, along with trophies to the top 50 entries. There will be a giant inflatable for the kids, and lots of activities to keep everyone’s attention.

We are at the point where we go over the checklist, to make sure everything is ready and lined up. Posters are out, advertising planned, funding and sponsorships have been arranged, trophies have been ordered, sound and entertainment has been contracted, vendors have been notified and contracts are coming in, T-shirts and dash plaques have been ordered. Judges have been secured, door prizes are coming in, car clubs throughout the area have been notified, port-a-potties are being readied, logistics for the burnout and loud pipe Contests are in order, the cruise is planned, and all necessary agencies have been notified.

About the only thing left is to make sure we have enough volunteers to pull it all off. Anyone willing to give us a hand, please give me a call. This year’s show is shaping up to be one of the best ever. There is still a short window to get on the T-shirt, as a car show sponsor, call me.

We have been enjoying our Weekly Chamber Luncheons at the new Fajita Rita’s for the month of May, at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. This past week found Carol Milligan, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Rhonda Lee, Mark Young, Justin Young, Denise Bain, Morgan Bain, and myself in attendance. As mentioned, we will be at Fajita Rita’s for the remainder of May, before moving to Charlie’s Chicken, for the month of June. Come join us.

One final word. Beginning Thursday, our weekly Farmer’s Market will be open to those who would like to sell their fruits, vegetables, and food-stuffs at Langston Park, across from the library on South Lee Street. Vendors are invited to bring their wares, without a booth fee, and sell to the public between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Please be respectful of the park, with no parking on the grass. Tables and canopies may be set up on the grass, however. This weekly offer is for food items and plants only, no flea market-type goods, please. If you have a question as to what can be sold, give me a call at (918) 577-2069.

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