By Gary Perkins
Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce
Several members of the Barbecue Planning Committee held a short meeting this past week with the purpose of getting signed up with "CompBBQ.com" as contest organizer. It works with many KCBS teams in setting up a website, connecting PayPal, and all the links necessary to pull off the annual barbecue event.
With CompBBQ involved, we will be able to maintain a separate customized "Smokin' the Fort" website, and be able to handle online registrations as well as certified judges signups.
Since their network reaches a vast network of barbecue teams and organizers, it will offer us much more exposure and, more importantly, automate and simplify many of the tasks that consumes so much of our time.
The logistics behind a KCBS sanctioned barbecue event is very complex, and even though we have been able to pull it off and build our October event each year, it has become more and more time consuming — and electronically almost beyond our scope of competency.
We are excited about this new partnership and will pass on all the information as it is finalized. They will also supply us with scorecards, organization tips, advertising advantages and forum connections. Our 5th annual Smokin' the Fort-BBQ & Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for Oct. 25-26 in downtown Fort Gibson.
We have also added a new email address for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as the regular chamber email address, email@example.com.
This past week the chamber participated in two very special celebrations. First was a tree-planting ceremony at Langston Park, hosted by Pastors Rennie and Patty Ohl of Church on the Word — which is based in Warner with meetings here in Fort Gibson at 7 p.m. each Sunday at the Community Center.
There was a good crowd for this event consisting of their congregation and supporters.
The second event was a ribbon-cutting held at the re-grand opening of A Flower Can at their new location.
Owner Klynna Nail invited everyone to come by and check out her new flower shop, which offers fresh-cut flowers and arrangements, as well as artificial arrangements, party gifts and supplies and decorating ideas.
We invite everyone to check out Klynna's new shop and support her new business venture here in our community.
We are excited to take our Weekly Chamber Luncheon for the month of May to the new Fajita Rita's off U.S. 62, behind Precision Eye Care.
Rene and Maria Corral have been working very hard to get this new place open, and we are certainly looking forward to checking their new restaurant out and supporting their move.
They have been one of the only stable fixtures at the old Spencer's Corner location. That center has been the location of many businesses, but only Fajita Rita's has endured over the years — due to their good food and great service reputation.
Join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday for our Weekly Chamber Luncheon at Fajita Rita's. We want to thank Boomarang Diner and their staff for their hospitality in the month of April.
This past week those in attendance for lunch were: Justin Young, Cheryl Hill, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Nikki Vahdatipour, Sue Edwards, Kathy Perkins and myself.
One final shout out for the Chamber's 6th annual Historic Golf Tournament, a 4-man scramble scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Pecan Valley Golf Course. Get your teams together now for this annual competition.
Golf tournament information: Cliff Garrett, (918) 478-9774 or me, (918) 577-2069.