, Muskogee, OK

May 12, 2014

Legion Post 20 continues to do good things

By Gary Perkins
Chamber Notes

— Our local American Legion Post 20 continues to do good things for our community and its residents.

As you know, they feature a dinner each Thursday evening that benefits different youth organizations.

Coming up on May 15, they will be shifting gears a bit and hold a benefit dinner consisting of corn bread and beans to benefit the Moore family. They will honor Malcolm Moore, who was killed saving his loved ones when his house caught fire.

Along with the food, music will be provided by Ralph Armstrong and friends. This is a great way to help out the Moore family in their time of need and honor Malcolm as well. Dinner is served between 4 and 7 p.m. Congratulations to Tim Smith and his group at the legion for their service and humanitarian efforts.

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I mentioned “shifting gears,” which brings us to the upcoming 20th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 13 and 14. We held a car show planning meeting this past Thursday, and everyone is excited about the plans for this year’s show. And, thanks Kathy for the treats.

Being our 20th annual, plans are to make it our biggest and best, to date. Sponsorships are coming in to help us accomplish this, with “Silver Sponsorships” coming in this past week from Fort Gibson State Bank and McDonald’s. McDonald’s Restaurants also announced that their own Ronald McDonald will be present on June 14 to interact with the crowd and spread some of his joy.

Major sponsors include Cherokee Nation-Fort Gibson Casino and the Town of Fort Gibson, along with the chamber. We are planning on giving out more than $3,000 in cash prizes, along with many trophies and awards. A drawing will be held, and one entry will get a cash prize of $1,000. Additionally, cash prizes will accompany the Burnout winners and Loud Pipe winner, as well as the “Best of Show” winners in each category — Car, Truck, & Motorcycle. Door prizes will be given out to the general public, along with many other surprises.

For entertainment, the band Ser will play, along with gunfight re-enactors, giant blowups, and we are working on a Laser Tag attraction. In addition to all this, music will be provided by our own DJ, and various food and merchandise vendors will be around to fill your every need and desire. Official T-shirts will be available for sale, and a good time can be promised to all those that attend.

The event gets kicked off on Friday evening with our Loud Pipe Contest and Burnout Contest, followed by our Around Town Cruise. The cruise is free to enter and participate, and random cash prizes will be awarded several entries. The Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests only cost $10 to enter, with trophies and cash awards given out to the winners.

All this gets started about 7 p.m., alongside the Phillips 66 Station at Lee Street and U.S. 62. The cruise will gather at the Church of Christ parking lot after these two events.  

Saturday, the entries start arriving early, with registration closing at 11 a.m. Entry is only $20, which includes a dash plaque and a chance to win the $1,000 cash prize, as well as trophies and other cash awards. All events are free to the public, and they are always a great family show and event. Plan on joining us June 13 and 14.

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Our weekly Chamber luncheons are going great this month, as we meet at Fajita Rita’s at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. Anyone can join us and experience the food and fun. This past week, we had Kathy Perkins, Sue Edwards, Nikki Vahdatipour, Melinda Williams, Kim Callaham, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Mark Young, Justin Young, Tim Smith, Robert Chisolm, and myself in attendance. Come join us at 11:30 Thursday at Fajita Rita’s. There is no meeting-like structure or planned agenda, just friends getting together for lunch and conversation. Give us a try, then stop by the Fort Gibson Farmers’ Market at Langston Park across the street from the library on Lee Street and check out what is available. Most vendors show up between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m., but some might be there earlier, so check often. That’s each Thursday throughout the growing season.