It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching May and the start of the chamber’s event season.
First, we’d like to announce that the Fort Gibson Farmers’ Market will officially open to the public on May 1 at Langston Park, across from the library on Lee Street. The Farmer’s Market is open for anyone to display and sell their wares, including fruits, vegetables, plants, arts and crafts, pastries, or other food stuffs. There is no charge for booth space, but we ask that everyone be respectful of the grounds, and not park vehicles on the grass. Canopies and tables may be set up, however. The market will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, but vendors can tailor the times that best suit them. Granted, the weather hasn’t been overly favorable to fruit and vegetable growth, but we will start the process early so producers can start whenever it best suits them.
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We’d like to thank those who attended our Weekly Chamber Luncheons that were held at Boom-a-rang Diner each Thursday throughout the month of April. This past week, Barbara Clinkenbeard, representing the Fort Gibson Women’s Club, joined us, along with Steve Woods, Carol Milligan, Kathy Perkins, Mark Young, Justin Young, and myself. We appreciate the crew at Boom-a-rang for their hospitality and for accommodating us.
For the month of May, we will be moving the weekly luncheon to Fajita Rita’s on Scott Street, just north of U.S. 62. Our luncheons are at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday and are open to anyone and everyone.
May is a great time to enjoy some of Fajita Rita’s great Mexican food, and help them celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which, contrary to popular belief, is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is commemorated on Sept. 16. It actually celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French, but according to many, has become more of a U.S. holiday than a Mexican one. Nonetheless, it’s a great month to enjoy the culinary delights from “South of the Border,” and Rene and Maria Corral do it great. So, come join us, starting at 11:30 Thursday and every Thursday throughout the month of May for our Weekly Chamber Luncheon at Fajita Rita’s, here in Fort Gibson.
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One more shout out for the upcoming Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, scheduled for June 13 and 14, here in Fort Gibson. We are very excited about this year’s event since it is the 20th annual, and we are going all out to make it the best and biggest yet.
We are giving out more than $3,000 in cash prizes, along with trophies, door prizes, and fun for the entire family. Food and merchandise vendors will line the streets on Saturday, along with great crusin’ music from our DJ, Chris Mann. As always, the events gets kicked off on Friday evening, along the Phillip’s 66 station, at Lee Street and U.S. 62, with the ever-popular “Burnout and Loud Pipe Contests” and our new “Around Town” cruise, following the contests.
Part of the cash giveaway includes a drawing for $1,000 to one of the entries. Also new this year will be a “People’s Choice” award, which allows the public to vote for their favorite entry, and that entry will get a cash award and trophy. All the events are free to the public, and it only costs $20 to put an entry in the show, which includes a chance for the $1,000, and a dash plaque for your car, truck, or motorcycle. Official T-shirts will also be available for sale. If you are interested in being a sponsor and get your name on the back of the T-shirt, give me a call at (918) 577-2069, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll give you all the information. Mark the car show on your calendar.