Chamber Happenings

Well it has been an interesting three weeks in the Frederick Chamber office.  We’ve had two resignations, a banquet and now Oyster Fry.  Our new president is hastily making plans to restructure our committees and get Frederick back on the map again.  There are possibilities around every corner—downtown development, tourism, hospital restructuring, even liquor by the drink.


The beautiful thing about all of these opportunities is that it is going to take a collaborative effort to get them fixed.  What I mean is that we need YOU to get involved and help make your hometown a place you’re proud to be from.  We need committee members, event coordinators, idea-hatchers and heavy-lifters.  It is going to take a combination of all of us to get these things done.


So how can you pitch in?  Are you a dreamer, a doer, or a thinker?  Tell us your ideas.  Sign up for a committee.  Volunteer just a few hours of your time.  All of these things are valuable in building the new Frederick.


And before we can get too carried away with these new fancy ideas, we have to first get through our 27th Oyster Fry Festival.  The small but exciting new contributions to this event are both drawn around the “Oklahoma Mardi Gras” theme.


We know that it is quirky to bring fresh oysters from the coast of Texas all the way up to the heart of the plains, but that’s exactly why we embrace this event—it’s kooky!  So why not bring back up a little something extra this year…some Mardi Gras flavor!  In honor of doing so we will be handing out beads at our downtown businesses and attractions and we will also have a mobile band playing Cajun music at the Oyster Fry site!  This is sure to be something fun to see on February 20th.  Oh and don’t forget to where your favorite Mardi Gras outfit, because everyone else will be too!

Oklahoma Mardi Gras

Many months ago a handful of committee members sat around a table and asked the question, “What more can we add to Oyster Fry?”  We wanted to add more fun, more flair, more than just eat and shop.  By the combination of crazy ideas we landed on one that stuck: Oklahoma Mardi Gras.  It’s just crazy enough that it might work.


We’re already pretty kooky to serve fresh oysters in the middle of the plains, so why not bring a little bit more of the coast back with us this time, why not bring back Mardi Gras and do it up with a pinch of Okie?  So that’s what we’re doing.  We’re adding a dash of Okie Gras this year and we will add a pinch more next year, and so on and so forth.


This year we’ll start by bringing in a Cajun duo from Oklahoma City. Casey and Minna will be joining us on the day of the fry with their guitar and fiddle.  These two love to walk the crowd while serenading, so that’s what they will be doing.


On top of the duo we will also be passing out Mardi Gras beads!  These beads are NOT earned in traditional Mardi Gras fashion, but will be earned by shopping at local businesses, visiting our attractions, or purchasing items at the Craft Show.


Yes, we are a week late in celebrating Mardi Gras, but that just makes it that much more Okie.  So find your craziest outfit, through some feathers and glitter on it and come join us for an Oyster celebration you won’t forget!  This Saturday the coast comes to you.


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