, Muskogee, OK

April 14, 2014

Chamber luncheons are weekly

By Gary Perkins
Fort Faith

— I would like to first like to thank Jay Shepherd’s Wavelink Communications and Tim Smith and his bunch at the American Legion Post 20 for their chamber membership renewal this past week. We appreciate all our members for their support and confidence in our efforts.

Support of our Weekly Chamber Luncheons has been very good these past couple weeks. For the month of April, we are meeting at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at Boom-a-rang Diner. Present, along with myself, the past two weeks were: Mark Young, Justin Young, and son Westin, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Sue Edwards, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Rhonda Lee, Melinda Williams, Charlie Leveille, and a couple new visitors from Arvest Bank, Greg Eby and Ken Doke. Ken is running for county commissioner in District #1. We call it a meeting, but it is really just friends getting together for lunch. Everyone is invited, and we never have a planned agenda or any kind of meeting structure. Come and join us and experience the fun.

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A few reminders of upcoming events here in Fort Gibson.

The Heritage Festival and Spring Encampment at the Fort Gibson Historic Site, is scheduled for April 25 and 26.  

Our annual “Historic” Golf Tournament at Pecan Valley Golf Course is set to be played on May 17; and the Memorial Day Program at the National Cemetery is scheduled for May 26.

June brings the 20th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, on May 13 and 14. The evening of the June 13 features the Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests, along with the “Around Town Cruise.” The car show starts early June 14, featuring music, food and merchandise vendors, giveaways, and some of the best car show entries in the area. This event is always great family fun.

Also in June is the town’s annual Corn Festival, scheduled for June 27 and 28 in downtown Fort Gibson, featuring fun and games and that great Fort Gibson sweet corn.

Our fireworks show, as always, is scheduled for the evening of July 4, at the high school stadium. All of these events are free to the public. In August, we have the new 10K, 5K, and Fun Run, scheduled for Aug. 23. Last year, this inaugural event, featuring the 10K run, brought nearly 500 runners to our town.

We look forward to even bigger results this year. One of the goals of the chamber has been to something going on in our town each month with the help of other organizations and clubs.

We are close to achieving that goal.

Any input or suggestions are always appreciated. Contact me at (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069, or email at