Fort Gibson Chamber Notes: Car show set to expand

By Sue Godwin

As we continue to highlight chairmen of some of our chamber committees, I would like to focus on our Car Show this week. Cliff Garrett has done an outstanding job of chairing this committee for several years and will continue this year along with co-chair Haley Norman. Cliff and Haley have already had one committee meeting, and things are really hopping.

Exciting things are happening and several things will be different from our past shows. Trucks and motorcycles have always been included in the car show, and this year a Jeep category will be added. This has been requested for several years and now it will happen. The last two years we have had a kids’ car show and once again kids will have the opportunity to enter their cars.

Cliff and Haley are leading the charge in these changes, and Haley and her husband are going to take the lead on another addition to the show, which will be tractors. With the new additions, space is becoming an issue and we will be expanding the show to include additional streets and areas for our tractors. Vendors will be welcome, and with all the entries and vendors and activities our downtown area will be alive with people shopping, dining and enjoying the family activities.

Cliff is encouraging our chamber members to come and be involved in our Car, Motorcycle, Jeep, and Tractor show, along with our kids show. As Cliff says, we can use all the help we can get, and this year we will need more than ever. The event will take place June 10, and the burnout will be the night before on June 9.

Cliff and Haley have scheduled two more committee meetings for Tuesday, Feb. 28 and March 7. Both are at 6 p.m. at the chamber office. If you would like to help plan and organize this event, we would love to have you join us.

Remember that each Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. your chamber meets for a dutch treat coffee at the Wise Owl Coffee Roasters. Also, for the month of March we will meet each at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Simple Simons for a dutch treat lunch. Hope to see you there.

Reach Sue Godwin, executive director, Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce, at (918) 478-4780.

Chamber Notes 2-21-17

This is the time of year that as a chamber we focus on planning for the coming year’s activities.  For these activities to be successful it will take lots of volunteers.  Leading the charge on these activities is always the chairmen of the various committees.

This week I would like to highlight the co-chairs of our Smokin’ the Fort BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Brad Clinkenbeard and Alissa Gage are the two people who have guided this committee for years.  These two people have been the backbone of this event since its inception.

This event is the largest non-dues revenue event that the chamber sponsors.  Alissa and Brad were not able to attend our recent chamber banquet so it is only fitting that our first column featuring chairmen be written about the two of them.

These two work together like a well oiled machine.  Each knows exactly what their role is and how to get it accomplished with the help of their many volunteers.  Brad takes care of getting everything set up in town with all vendors placed in just the right place.  He knows what the cooks need as far as electricity and where each vendor should be set up.  Brad stays up all night to make sure everything is just right, whether it is delivering ice to the cooks or providing grease buckets, Brad not only gets it done but gets it done right.

Alissa takes the role of handling all the entries in the KCBS BBQ competition and also making sure the judges have everything they need.  She is an officer in the Oklahoma BBQ Society which is a part of the Kansas City BBQ society.  The KCBS is the organization which sanctions our contests.  Alissa will make sure that all entries have everything that they need so that we can have a successful competition and enjoyable family event.

As I said, Brad and Alissa were not able to attend the chamber banquet where the year’s awards were passed out, but they were selected to receive a Community Engagement Award which is very much deserved.

Remember that each Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. your chamber meets for a dutch treat coffee at the Wise Owl Coffee Roasters.  Also for the month of February we will meet each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Charlie’s Chicken for a dutch treat lunch.  Hope to see you there.