Jack Willis has installed his new Coast Guard flag at his home in Okmulgee.
He proudly served from 1957 -1961 in the Coast Guard on ship USS Minnetoka out of Alemida, CA on Search and rescue missions during his tenure.
(Photo by Paul Orosco - Chief Photographer)
Oklahoma Main Street Center announced today the finalists for 20 competitive awards. All finalists will be honored, and the winner announced, at the 24th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 7, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
“These awards highlight and represent the best from the businesses, communities and programs throughout Oklahoma,” said Linda Barnett, Oklahoma Main Street Center director. “These award entries, sent in by the local Main Street Programs, showcase the enthusiasm, creativity and responsibility toward increasing revenue and creating jobs for their local downtown business districts.”
Each award category falls under one of the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners.
Under Economic Restructuring, the Dowry in Okmulgee, owner Linda Janzen, was selected as a finalist for Downtown Business of the Year. Two other businesses from Okmulgee have been selected; Best Building/Business Signage Allergy Oklahoma Okmulgee and Best New Business Downtown Ike’s Downtown Pub & Eatery.
Their will also be a Community of the Year Award that will recognize the Main Street Community who led other towns by earning the most quality assurance points during the 2012 calendar year. In addition, the top Main Street program managers will be recognized at the banquet.
The Dowry is currently celebrating their 35th Anniversary in business. Look for related story coming up in the future.
Linda Janzen, owner of the Dowry in Okmulgee
(Photo by Paul Orosco Chief Photographer)
(Photo by Paul Orosco Chief Photographer)
Okmulgee Chamber held their Annual Banquet Thursday evening as a "sold out" event. The banquet was held at the Okmulgee Golf Club/Stoneblade Restaurant.
Mark Mabrey opened up the evening in welcoming guest to the nights event. The invocation was given by Grant Griffin.
Chamber Director Nolan Crowley was the emcee for the evenings fun activities that included a large silent auction, a human game of heads or tails, best decorated table, and best celebrity waiter. Guests enjoyed a three course meal after light hor' devours and drinks.
Citizens Security Bank won best decorated table.
There was a judges choice for best centerpiece...but we cannot release this just yet until it is announced to them Monday...yes we know who....but we promised to give no hints!! Check back for the winner to be announced Monday!!!
The night ended with applause for Freddie Flinn as this years celebrity waiter recipient.
Citizens Security Bank sponsored a "Meet and Greet" before the banquet and Southern Cross Music and Sound donated sound equipment.
Chamber Slide Shows
The Chili Festival held usually in October is annual event for Okmulgee. The cook-off brings out the most spectacular chili cooks and a galore of chili connoisseurs. The chili cook-off contest as the main event also features a chili booth contest for the best decorated booth.
The Okmulgee Square is filled with vendors selling a variety of items, food venders, live entertainment, car show, sidewalk sale, Jupiter Jump, face painting and other activities for all to enjoy.
Visit this and many more Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce events!
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At the Okmulgee Lake Dam, the spillway is located on Hwy 56 on the east end of Okmulgee Lake. The dam and spillway was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1940. It's on the National Register Properties in Oklahoma and is a National Historical Landmark.