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Fort Gibson

June 19, 2013

Annual car show a ‘success’

1,500 visit 19th annual show

By Travis Sloat

Phoenix Staff Writer

Nancy Lowrey said she comes to every Fort Gibson Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

Lowrey, who is retired and had two Ford Model A cars in the show, said she likes everything about the show.

“There’s lots of entertainment, and they have the best turkey legs I’ve ever tasted,” Lowrey said Saturday. “There is a lot of family participation, and lots of shows don’t have that.”

The 19th annual show was a success despite lower-than-usual entries said Gary Perkins, the director of the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce.

“This time of the year it’s always a challenge to schedule an event,” Perkins said. “However, the cars that came are outstanding. The vendors are awesome. It’s all you could ever want to eat out there. We’ve got everything from rock crawling Jeeps to the Wounded Warrior Motorcycle Club.”

Perkins also said the event was beneficial to the town because of the crowd it draws.

“I’d say we had close to 1,500 come through from start to finish (Saturday),” he said. “It brings visitors to our little community, and they get to experience what historic Fort Gibson is all about.”

Spectators of the show were also treated to a live band, SER, as well as Carrigan Bradley, who was the runner-up in the Oklahoma Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Approximately 60 cars lined the streets of downtown Fort Gibson. Each show car shined brightly in the sun and filled the streets with color.

There were close to 10 vendor booths, offering everything from Avon products to turkey legs. Several Fort Gibson businesses turned out to sponsor the event as well.

Klynna Nail, who is the new owner of A Flower Can, said she was out to promote the new ownership as well as enjoy the show.

“I think it’s a good event,” Nail said. “We’ve been coming now for about five years. It’s a good thing for local businesses to be a part of. I also think it brings people here to see how much the town has grown and changed. It’s just an all around good thing for Fort Gibson.”

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