THROUGH THE EYES OF TOURISTS

Last Thursday Frederick had the privilege of hosting forty-eight tour guide leaders in a tour of our community.  The weather was a perfect 73 and sunny.  The volunteers were ready in their places and the menu was set.  The best part was, the bus full of tour guides had no idea where they were going.

Upon arrival I welcomed the group and asked them if they were wondering why they were in Frederick, Oklahoma.  They all agreed they thought it was odd and I told them if they gave us six hours of their time they might be surprised at what all we have to offer.

After three wonderful meals, five excellent attractions and a whole lot of Frederick hospitality, each member of the group assured me they would be back in Frederick soon and they would definitely bring tour groups with them.  They had loved every minute of their tour—the food, the cute stores, the exotic attractions, and the fascinating history

“You all do such a great job.  You really ought to teach other small towns how it’s done, because you all are a very active and unique community.”  Comments like these were common as each of our friends loaded back on the bus and headed back home.  These leaders were from all over the state, as far away as Stillwater, Lindsay and Edmond.

I say all this to remind our local readers of the treat they have in living in Frederick.  We often get caught up in the negative and forget about all the jewels around town.  If you haven’t been to the Ramona lately, make it a point to go to the Christmas Variety Show in December.  If you haven’t roamed through the exotic animals in the Crawford Collection, stop by there this Saturday.

In fact, there is a lot of opportunity for exploring Frederick this Saturday.  Not only will Cotton Festival be happening at the Courthouse, but there will also be Cotton Gin tours leaving from the festival as well as other activities.

Come join us this Saturday, not for our benefit, but for yours.

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LITTLE MAIDENS SEEK COTTON CROWN

Frederick’s 8th Annual Cotton Festival is full of fun activities; including a live band, Cow Patty Bingo, the Chili Cook-Off and of course, the Little Miss Cotton Boll and Maid of Cotton Pageants!  This year the cotton pageants will be held at 1pm during the Cotton Festival on November 7th at the Tillman County Courthouse.

The Little Miss Cotton Boll Pageant has eleven beautiful young ladies participating this year.  These girls are in the 1-3rd grade.  This year’s participants are: Karagyn Snodgrass, Sarah Bennet, Laura Lea Bennett, Chloe McBride, Heather Schulz, Quinlan Johnson, Landri Jones, Jacilyn Flores, Taytum Cole, Timber Mefford, and Alina Burleson.

Competing for the Maid of Cotton crown this year are six wonderful girls who are enrolled in 4-6th grade.  This year’s Maid of Cotton contestants include: Michelle Gonzalez, Tenley Mefford, Kaelynn Torres, Caroline Kail, Kalynn Stultz and Sadie Jensen.

Julie Garza and April Collom are this year’s pageant coordinators.  They have been coordinating the pageant for the past two years and have done a wonderful job.

The Chamber would like to invite everyone out to enjoy the pageant next Saturday at 1pm.  They would also like to wish all of this year’s contestants good luck, as well as thank Julie and April for all of their hard work.  If you would like to purchase Cotton Festival tickets please contact one of the above contestants.

Halloween in Frederick

Things are getting spooky around here.  We have lots of activities going on this weekend for Halloween—everything from Trunk or Treat to Okiefest.  If you have children I suggest dressing them up and taking them down to the First Baptist Church/Methodist Church parking lot for a whole lot of trunk or treating.  There will be lots of cars parked with lots of candy and kids are safe to roam around, visit with neighbors and show off their costumes.

After Trunk-or-Treat you can walk right up the street to Main Street’s OKIEFEST event, which will begin at 6pm between the streets of 9th and Main on Grand.  This year’s musical talent consists of several bands around the area including No Render from Davidson and Wayward Blue from Frederick.  This event is great for all ages because there will be contests, food, games and more!

Throughout the week of Halloween, the Frederick FFA will continue selling their sausage, ham and turkey and the FHS Choir will be competing in All-State competitions.  You can support your high school students by cheering them on in all of their activities.

So find something fun to do this weekend and don’t forget, we’ll have Cotton Festival next weekend at the Courthouse from 11am-3pm.  It’s not too late to sign up for chili or vendor spots!  http://frederickokchamber.org/cotton_fest.html 

THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP BRING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO FREDERICK

In last week’s article I wrote about Economic Development and how in today’s world the strategy for such is more about making desirable communities than it is business recruitment.

Creating a desirable community doesn’t happen overnight.  Well, unless your city government just happens to have millions of extra dollars laying around (no, ours doesn’t.)  So how do we go from a deserted downtown to a cool, hip community where hard-working, talented individuals want to live?

Since we don’t have multi-millionaires willing to donate, we will have to begin with what we have—and what we have starts with YOU!  I have three easy steps that anyone in our community can take to help make Frederick a more desirable place to live.

First, I recommend we all practice good stewardship.  Take care of the property you own, use or rent.  Whether it’s a business, a store front, an apartment or a house, you can start by keeping your surroundings clean and tidy.  Cut the grass, water the flowers and pick up the trash you see.  All of these tasks are small but collectively we can use them to make a big difference.

Secondly, I suggest you get involved if you aren’t already.  Frederick has dozens of community-minded organizations, churches, and groups.  Find one that fits your style and put your complaints and ideas to good use.  After all, two heads are better than one!

Finally, if you can’t meet the physical challenges of the first two steps, you can always donate monetarily.  For as little as five dollars a month you can contribute to some BIG changes in our community.  The Frederick 500 Club offers just that.  We draft five dollars out of your bank account each month and that money will go towards projects that YOU decide on.  The 500 Club is a group of citizens who invest their five dollars each month so they can help see Frederick receive flowers and plants, benches, trashcans, and much more!

So get out there and make it happen!  If you want more businesses you have to help us create an environment that attracts a great workforce.

TYRANNOSAURUS CHICKEN TO PERFORM AT COTTON FESTIVAL IN FREDERICK

Frederick’s 8th Annual Cotton Festival is sure to have an exciting twist this year as the reconstructed blues duo, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, finds its way from Northwest Arkansas to Southwest Oklahoma.  There, they will hit the stage on November 7th from 11am-1pm.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken is a duo unlike any other. With sheer talent and a flair for the unusual, they offer an auditory experience customized for each audience.   The two members, Rachel Ammons and Smilin’ Bob, play a multitude of different instruments throughout their performance.

Performing together now for 7 years, Tyrannosaurus Chicken has put together three albums so far (two studio and one live) with a fourth expected this spring. When they’re not performing for crowds ranging between 5 and 40,000, both can be found fixing instruments in their free time.

Cotton Festival goers can expect to get the morning going with a healthy dose of T-Chicken.  While the band offers more than enough entertainment in and of themselves, visitors can also vote on their favorite bowl of chili at the Chili Cook-Off, shop with a multitude of vendors, tour the local Cotton Gin or participate in Cow Patty Bingo.  After 1pm Tyrannosaurs Chicken will hand over the stage to the Little Miss Cotton and Maid of Cotton pageants—both are excellent treats!

To learn more about T-Chicken you can visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/T.chikn.  To learn more about Frederick’s Cotton Festival, please visit www.frederickokchamber.org/cotton_fest.html or call the Chamber office at 335-2126.

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