By Gary Perkins
Before I give another shout out for the Smokin' the Fort-BBQ & Bluegrass Festival coming up Oct. 26 and 27, I want to make everyone aware of another important happening shortly after the event.
Reuben Kisner has organized "The Fort Gibson Toy Run," scheduled for Nov. 3. It will consist of a "Toy Parade," that will begin at noon at the Fajita Rita parking lot. Lineup will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The idea is to bring your donated toy and be part of the parade, which will travel west on Poplar Street to the stoplight, then south on Lee Street, finishing at the Church of Christ parking lot.
Refreshments will be set up under a hospitality tent sponsored by CMA at the start of the parade.
All toys will be donated to those kids in need in our community. The fun part will be how you display your toy(s) for the parade — on your bike, attached to your motor vehicle, four-wheeler, motorcycle, pulled in a wagon, carried or whatever.
This is a great effort, that deserves our support and participation.
I also want to mention the Weekly Chamber Luncheon, being held each Thursday at the new Subway on South Lee Street at 11:30 a.m.
The past couple weeks, this weekly get-together has been supported by Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Mark Young, Justin Young, Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, Lisa Clayton, Sue Edwards, Rhonda Lee, Will Crawford, David Perkins, Justin Calvert, and myself.
Come join us and experience the fun and great company. It's very casual, very informal, and without a "meeting structure."
Just good food and good conversation, that anyone and everyone is invited to participate in.
And now — the barbecue event — this year's Smokin' the Fort is going to be the biggest and best yet.
We expect a record number of Kansas City BBQ Society teams, along with a record number of Taster's Choice participants — all of which means plenty of great barbecue delights to be sampled by those in attendance, while listening to day-long Bluegrass music.
The bands playing this year include The Meyer Family, The Park Family, and SpringStreet.
There will also be plenty of additional food and merchandise vendors to satisfy any appetite.
Also, this year's official T-shirt, featuring Beauregard the Bull and his friends, will be one that everyone will want to have in their closet.
The event kicks off Friday evening, Oct. 26, with food and music, along with a chance for everyone to meet the KCBS professional BBQers.
There are also a couple competitions in the form of "Kids Que" and "Anything Goes," on Friday evening.
Kids Que is for anyone under the age of 16, and they will cook a hot dog or hamburger, trying to impress the judges with their expertise and secret seasonings and skills.
Cash prizes totaling $100, along with plaques, will go to the winners. Entry fee is $20.
For Anything Goes, participants can whip up anything, except those meats which are part of the KCBS competition (chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket).
Winner will receive a $200 cash prize, along with a special banner. Entry fee for this event is also $20.
Friday evening is also open to all local churches and clubs to set up a booth for a fundraiser, or to just pass out goodies.
Cash prizes will also be awarded the KCBS BBQers, and the Tasters Choice BBQers.
Total cash payout this year will well exceed $7,000.
You can go online at www.fortgibson.com, or give me a call at (918) 577-2069 for information and entry instructions. Don't miss this great family event!