Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off

There are so many great activities coming up in Frederick that I cannot remember them all, I have had to make myself a small cheat sheet to keep in my pocket so I can answer questions correctly when asked. This is such a great problem to have! So let me quickly tell you about a couple of them coming up within the week.

Dr. Hyunsoon Whang will perform a piano recital in the Ramona Theatre Friday, Nov 3 at 7 pm. Dr. Whang has performed around the world as well as accumulating many awards and achievements for her music. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful performance as well as help broaden our horizons. Admission is donation only for the concert. For the VIP seating, dinner and concert, call Bobby Jackson 580-305-7447 or Cacy Caldwell 580-335-1499 with the Frederick Arts & Humanities Council.

Also let me remind you about the upcoming Cotton Festival November 4. The Chili Cook Off starts at 11 am until we run out, usually before 1 pm; the duo I, the Undersigned will take the stage at noon; a tour of the Tillman Producers Cotton Gin start at noon; Little Miss Cotton Boll & Maid of Cotton Pageants will be at 1 pm, Chili Cook Off as well as Trade Day & Downtown Market. All events will take place on the Courthouse Square and surrounding area.

Registration for Chili Cook Off teams is still open and is $30, you can find forms at the Chamber office or online at www.frederickokchamber.org. Over $1,500 in cash will be given away to the winner, 1st & 2nd places as well as People’s Choice award winner. Tickets to sample and get a bowl of your favorite are $7 and available from the pageant contestants.

Questions? For the chili cook off please contact Shane Kendrix at 580-335-1456 or the Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or frederickcc@pldi.net, for Trade Day & Downtown Market contact Jay Sharp at 580-335-7847.

The Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo will be back for a second year at the Tillman County Rodeo Arena south of the Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 pm with other activities taking place throughout the day. Admission is one canned food item for the Tillman County Food Bank or a toy for the local Toys for Tots program. If you have any questions give Ethan Treadwell a call at 580-335-1013.

The always popular Rotary Mexican dinner will be Monday, November 6 from 5-7 pm in the Prather Brown Cafeteria. Tickets are $7 and available from Rotarians or at the door. Do not miss out on this delicious food for a good cause!

Tuesday, November 7 from 4-7pm will be the ever popular Girls On Main event. This is an evening filled with food, fun and shopping around Frederick. Several local retailers will come together to help ladies get some shopping done, enjoy some refreshments, visit with friends and have a chance at $100 in Chamber Bucks. Look for the posters around town or head to Facebook for a list of retailers on our Girls On Main event page, pick a starting place and have some fun!

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

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So Much To Do

Coming up October 28 the next installation of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Jump School and Open Hangar Day is happening. This will be the second year for the October Jump School. In years past they had Jump School and Open Hangar Day in January and July however if you don’t already know this…it’s really cold in January. So cold in fact that 70 year old girls like Boogie Baby or Wild Kat don’t like to fly as much and parachutist don’t exactly like jumping into the sky that is a lot colder a few thousand feet up. Makes sense to me.

So now we will have festivities in October as well as July. Jump School will be October 21-28 ending with Open Hangar Day on the 28th from 8 am to 2 pm. Everyone is invited out to visit with the team members, look around the Hangar and heck, visit with each other.

There is also another opportunity I’d like to tell you about. In addition to being an attendee of Open Hangar Day you can become a member of the Ground Crew. For $50 per year you can help support the Team without jumping out of an airplane. Or for $10/month you can become a member of the Ground Crew and provide a little more support to the team for maintenance and other activities. The monthly plan can be deducted right out of your checking account. Stop by the Chamber office and I will get you all taken care of.

I also want to remind you about the 10th Annual Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off on November 4. The chili cook off awarded over $1,550 in cash last year This year’s cook off is on schedule to do the same. If you think you have the winning chili consider entering, the registration fee is $30. You supply the chili and an extension cord and we’ve got the rest. Chili will be served starting at 11 am until 1 pm or we run out.

The pageants will begin at 1 pm with the Little Miss Cotton Boll which includes girls in grades 1-3. The ten young ladies competing are: Harley Dunlap, Addilyn Newton, Jaida Norris, Tambri Smith, Alina Burleson, Taijah Hankieson, Liana Garza, Aspen Russell, Zoee Tyler and Kaleigh Nichols. The eight young ladies in grades 4-6 competing in the Maid of Cotton are Ellie Ade, Kamille Garza, Amery Newton, Karli Olsen, Timber Mefford, Jada Munro, Brailee Munro and Delaney McIntyre. These young ladies are also selling Chili Cook off tickets. Tickets are $7 each and provide you with a sample of each chili and a bowl of the chili you choose as your favorite. This also helps determine the People Choice winner of the Chili Cook Off.

Another fun feature of the Cotton Festival is Cow Patty Bingo. Eric Van der Laan brings one of the bovine beauties from Van der Laan dairy into town to do her “business”. Whoever’s square her “business” lands on is the winner. Tickets are on sale from Chamber board members for $5 each or 5/$20. The winner will receive $200 in Chamber bucks.

A free tour of Tillman Producers Coop Gin will depart at noon from the intersection of 9th & Floral Ave. Transportation is provided and those wishing to attend should sign up at the Chamber booth on the west side of the Courthouse. Entertainment will be from 11 am – 1pm and will feature I, the Undersigned from Weatherford OK. All events will be held on the Tillman County Courthouse square.

Trade Day & Downtown Market will make a journey one block north to coincide with the Cotton Festival. All of the craft vendors, specialty item sales and food vendors you’ve come to love including a few more will be there. In addition, Trade Day will feature a Car Show with all proceeds benefiting the Tillman County Food Bank.

If you’d like to enter the chili cook off please contact Shane Kendrix at 580-335-1456 or the Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or frederickcc@pldi.net, for Trade Day & Downtown Market contact Jay Sharp at 580-335-7847 or Erika Martinez at 580-305-2389.

The Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo will be back for a second year at the Tillman County Rodeo Arena south of the Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 pm with other activities taking place throughout the day. Admission is one canned food item for the Tillman County Food Bank or a toy for the local Toys for Tots program. If you have any questions give Ethan Treadwell a call at 580-335-1013.

Join us on Saturday November 4th for a day you won’t forget!

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

Issue Alert!

Just last week I posted something on Facebook on behalf of the Frederick Memorial Nursing Home. The contents of that I’ll get to in just a few lines but first I need to pause so we can all laugh for a minute.

The header for the post was “Issue Alert” along with a plea to take action. I wrote it, added the information and posted it. A few minutes later I looked at it and laughed, for a while. Isn’t every post we put on Facebook or any social media really just an “issue alert”? It’s not always a bad issue but still, it is what it is. I hope this strikes you as funny as it did me, if not, then you are probably rolling your eyes thinking about the “issue alert” you could post about the crazy Chamber lady. Either way, be kind with your “issue alerts” today and every day.

Now back to the serious stuff. The information I received from MNC is regarding the Legislative special session and what cuts might be issued in order to fill the gap in the state budget crisis. Yes, it is a crisis. These cuts affect many things throughout the state, not all cuts will affect each and every one of us but as citizens of this state, we must be aware of them all.

The one sent to me is regarding Medicaid cuts. It is feared that “the OK Health Care Authority is preparing to slash funding for Medicaid programs and providers by 9 percent, beginning December 1, 2017”. This is a response to the failure to fully fund health care services in Oklahoma. This cut would further hurt our very own facility in Frederick as well as hundreds across the state in addition to a variety of other healthcare providers even those at Frederick Memorial Clinic.

The letter goes on to say that so far Oklahoma nursing homes have been cut $93M annually with 116 nursing facilities in Oklahoma closing. This additional 9 percent could potentially cause the closure of half those remaining in the state. I don’t know about you but we cannot take anymore blows to healthcare in Frederick Oklahoma. We have too many good people working hard to resurrect services while sustaining others, I do not want their hard work to be in vain because our state cannot fund vital services.

If you have paid any bit of attention to the news lately you will know that healthcare is not the only vital service being beat up by the state budget failure. It is our duty as voters and citizens of this state to speak out for or against those things that are necessary. It is our duty to reach out to our elected officials and let them know our wishes as their constituents. Just posting “issue alerts” on social media is not enough. They may be fighting for the same things we are but if they can argue that x-number of voters called their office to express an interest, it might sway an official from another district. Action speaks so much louder than the typed word.

I encourage us all to take part in the system that was set up so many hundreds of years ago to represent us all. It is our homes, our education and our future that are at stake.

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

500 Club Beauty

If you haven’t been through town and noticed the flowers, vines and fall décor then please, drive down Main Street to admire it all. At the intersection of Main Street and Grand Ave. are wooden planters filled with flowers, potato vine and other colorful vegetation; now there are hay bales, pumpkins and gourds to celebrate the season. There is also some fall décor on the NE corner of the Courthouse and I’m sure this is all just the beginning as many other businesses begin to put out decorations for fall and/or Halloween.

One of the ways many of these decorations and improvements to downtown happen is through the 500 Club of the Chamber and its supporters. Remember all those painted windows downtown last Christmas? 500 Club. The up lighting in the tree planters throughout the year… 500 Club. Those paint grants for buildings a few years back…. 500 Club. Those are just a few of the improvements funded through the 500 Club and its donors and there are more to come.

So let me tell you about the 500 Club. The 500 Club committee’s purpose is to fund projects that promote or enhance Frederick. Citizens of Frederick are welcome to join the 500 Club by donating $5.00 a month to the 500 Club fund, or by giving $60 annually. Some of our donors have $5 automatically withdrawn from the checking or savings at the beginning of the month while others write a check once a year for $60. Why is it call the 500 Club you’re thinking? 500 pennies is $5 hence the monthly withdrawal option, someone was really creative!

We currently have 39 people and businesses signed up as well as a couple of generous donors throughout the year. I’d like to take a moment to thank them all, because of their generous donations we can have these helpful and fun things to spruce up Frederick. Thanks to: Jim & Kindra Ard, Brad & Kerry Benson, Randy & Jill Biggs, Mark & Judy Bobo, Box, Inc. David & Jerri Boyd, Tony & Karen Caldwell, Cacy Caldwell, Tommy & Brenda Challacombe, Bob & Ann Collins, Bill & Carol Crawford, Ben Crawford, Valarie Frederickson, Dana Greer, Danny & Linda Haston, Delores Haynie, Carol Hefner, Greg & Wendy Howard, Jackson Funeral Home, J. Frank & Kerri Jacobs, Andy & Jeana James, Robert & Lana Johnston, Sue Ann Kauffman, Joe Ed & JoAnn Kinder, Marty & Sandi Martin, Pat & Nancy McAlister, Jeff & Dana Patterson, Willie Perkins, Glenn & Kay Redeker, Homer Ryan, Van der Laan Dairy, Watha Shanks, Gary & Julie Tyler, Robert Waldrop, Don & Ruby Walker, Ray & Virginia Walker, Rodger Wirt, Eddie & Julane Whitworth and Joe Wynn.

Is this something you’d like to be a part of? If so, please give me a call (580-335-2126) or send an email (frederickcc@pldi.net) and I’ll get the information to you. This is a small way to make a big impact in our community. Maybe you are a former Frederick resident looking for a way to give back then we’d love to have you!

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

A season of change

September and October are always a time of change no matter who or where you are. This year we’ve had our normal changes in weather, seasons, sports and allergy issues, however these past few months we’ve seen our fair share of changes outside the normal. We’ve had a couple of businesses change owners, change locations or open.

I’ve noticed some folks have taken these changes in stride, some have not and some are just pretending it’s not happening. (The pretending it’s not happening crowd mostly applies to the mothers of senior boys and girls!) Hopefully most of us fall into the taking it in stride crowd. Change is scary but it can be an opportunity for learning and growth if you let it be.

For instance, we’ve had a change in eye care in Frederick. While on one hand it is sad to see our Dr. Smart and family leave, the other side of that is the new adventure their lives get to take as well as the new optometrists we get the opportunity to know. There are now two young men in Frederick to serve our eye care needs. How lucky are we?

Another instance is in the pharmacy world. Keith Lewis gets to have regular working hours and perhaps spend a lot more time with his family while at the same time we get to know a new pharmacist in our community- that’s two full service pharmacies in Frederick. Again, I consider us very lucky.

Most of us work very hard at staying “glass is half full” type people, it’s not always easy but the alternative tends to make us grouchy. To my knowledge there’s only one grouch we all love and adore and I’m pretty sure Oscar doesn’t live in Frederick. So join me in seeing the opportunities in change. The opportunity to meet three new people in the healthcare world of Frederick, the opportunity to visit new restaurants and try new menus, the opportunity to shop Frederick and support the many owners who depend on us to keep the door unlocked as well as the wages paid to their employees.

We don’t have to be scared of what is different in our community, just willing to look at it with open minds and a willingness to try to learn from that difference. I said it before and I said it again, change is hard and it doesn’t care whether we like it or not so we might as well take it in stride with a good attitude.

There is one change I know we can agree on that I mentioned above and that’s a change in these pesky allergies! It seems like the town is full of folks with the sniffles, sneezes and watery eyes. Let’s all hang in there, hope this change in weather helps us out and remember to use our local healthcare providers both new and old.

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director