By Anita Reding
Phoenix Staff Writer
When Fort Gibson’s annual Sweet Corn Festival began six years ago, it was to raise money to construct a sports complex.
“Now, we would like to turn our efforts to other recreational efforts within the town,” said Town Clerk Debby Daniels, one of the organizers of the event.
This year’s festival offers contests, music and other activities for all ages Friday and Saturday.
The festival host is the town’s parks and recreation committee, Daniels said.
There are a lot of ideas about how to use the proceeds from this year’s event, but nothing has been decided, she added.
All events will be held in downtown Fort Gibson.
“It’s something that the community really enjoys,” Daniels said.
A street dance featuring music by Wesley Michael Hayes will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. Friday.
Also planned for Friday are barrel train rides, $5 burger night, T-shirt sales and inflatables.
Saturday’s festivities begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m.
There will be corn eating and corn shucking contests, and fresh corn that is locally grown will be sold by the ear and by the bushel, organizers said.
Vendors will offer a variety of arts and crafts and food items, including Satch’s famous succotash, which is always a sellout. Snow cones, funnel cakes and Indian tacos also will be sold.
A horseshoe tournament is scheduled. Ask Town Hall for entry fees and more information.
The corn-eating and -shucking contests are free and offer the winners “bragging rights,” said Myra Cookson, another festival organizer.
A number of inflatable jumping centers will be on site, and armbands can be purchased that will allow children to enjoy them all day.
New this year is the Historic Town Bus Tour presented by Fort Gibson Historic Site. The tour, set for Saturday, provides a historic tour of Fort Gibson. Representatives of the town’s historical society will provide narratives about the historical sites during the tour in the air-conditioned bus.
Music will be provided Saturday by Three Rivers Brass Quartet, Billy Arnett Band and Justin Smith Kountry Knights.
Cookson said the festival will provide “good, clean, family fun.”
The Sweet Corn Festival provides “a family friendly atmosphere with great music, great food and lots of fun,” she said. “It’s just a nice way to spend the afternoon.”
Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or email@example.com.
If you go
WHAT: Sweet Corn Festival
WHEN: Begins at 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
WHERE: Downtown Fort Gibson.
INFORMATION: Town Hall, (918) 478-3551.