Arts ‘N Action & Homecoming? Oh my!

I hope you slept good this week and got all rested up from the Tillman County Free Fair because we have more fun things to do in Frederick! Yes, we are in our second consecutive week of activities for everyone.

This week has been Spirit Week at the local schools leading up to Homecoming Friday night. But before we play football we must have a Homecoming parade. The parade is set for 1 pm on Friday in downtown Frederick. If you are not in the parade please make sure you come down and cheer on those who are. Parades are always so much more fun when the crowd is as excited as the entries. The parade will begin around 8th & Grand Ave. and end up at the Bomber Hangar for the Pep Rally. Everyone is welcomed to attend and help cheer on our kiddos.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to our kids in the Frederick Public Schools celebrating we will have the Frederick All Class Reunion going on. This means if you graduated from Frederick High School then you are invited. There will be a meet and greet at the Frederick Golf & Country Club Friday after the game. On Saturday folks can gather in the Blue Room of the Grand Hotel to visit between Arts ‘N Action and all the places to see in Frederick. A brisket dinner will be held at the Country Club starting at 6, cost is $15 at the door. Afterward the Toby Sheffield band will play, cost is $5. The Country Club will also be holding a golf tournament Saturday so give them a call at 335-2911 if you are interested.

Now let’s talk Arts ‘N Action. I just received the press release from the Frederick Arts & Humanities Council listing all of the art vendors, food vendors and entertainment, let me just say I am more excited than I already was. There are 29 artists, 8 food booths, entertainment from 10 am to 2 pm and a kid zone. It’s going to be a great day in Frederick Oklahoma and I sincerely hope you get out and enjoy it.

The Pioneer Townsite will be open as well as the Crawford Collection on Saturday as well as many of our restaurants and shops. Weekends such as this are a great help to our local economy and business owners so please make sure you Shop Frederick and encourage those you know from out of town to come down and do the same.

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

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

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It’s Free Fair time!

I talked in depth a week or so ago on the Chamber Radio Show “Let’s Talk Frederick” about the Tillman County Free Fair. So just in case you weren’t tuned in on that Tuesday or Thursday at 9 am, I’ll recap.

The Tillman County Free Fair starts today and runs through Saturday, September 9. There is a huge variety of activities for all ages as well as food and vendor booths to see. Starting on Thursday there will be the Farmhand Olympics in the morning, then in the afternoon the Fair board asks that all entries be submitted by 6 pm which is also the time the kid’s events start. There will be an ice cream contest and sunflower seed spitting contest following by the Little Mr. & Miss Tillman County Free Fair. If you’d like more information about the Little M & M contact Dawn Mefford at 335-1656.

Friday starts off with livestock/dairy and inside entry judging. There will also be a magician and Trick Roper Marty Tipton alternating through the morning for everyone to enjoy. That evening is the pie contest, talent show, diaper derby & stick horse races, frog/turtle races, best dressed pet and bucket calf competition. There is three age divisions, no entry fee and prizes will be awarded for the Talent Show. Contact the Extension office at 335-2515 or Dawn Mefford at 335-1656 if you’d like to enter.

Saturday wraps up all the animal judging then tearing down of booths.

I urge you to participate and enjoy as many events as possible during these three days. There is an army of people who put this thing together working very hard so that you and I can enjoy it all. I’d like to recognize just a few of them. These folks are on the Fair Board and who work in the OSU Extension office. They volunteer and work far beyond their paychecks throughout the year. District #1 is Teddy White, Lori Waugh and Bryant Ferris; District #2 is Jay Oxford, Jimmy Gaither and Bridget Heap; District #3 is Levi Krasser, Paula Crossland and Doyle Whittington; serving as our Extension Educator is Aaron Henson and Senior Secretary is Erika Martinez. In addition to these fine folks, there are superintendents of the various categories as well as volunteers who clean and set up. Be sure to grab a Fair Book or look at their Facebook page to get a list of them. I can guarantee you that these folks don’t get near the recognition or pay they deserve!

If you have any questions about rules and regulations give the Extension office a call or again, pick up a Fair Book. The Fair Book has a ton of information about each category, the rules for entry as well as the superintendents in charge. It also contains the ads of many local businesses and individuals who support the Fair with not only time but money. You can look up the Tillman County Free Fair on Facebook and find all the information I’ve mentioned plus some.

Thanks again to all those who put on one of my favorites things in Tillman County and I hope to see you at the Fair!

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

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

Busy, busy, busy

It’s only the third week of January and already my calendar is full of things to do. School activities, community activities and so many places to shop and eat around town leave a girl with a mighty busy social schedule. It also leaves me hoping to see you there as well!

Here’s a list of what Frederick has going so far….

The Frederick Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Installation will be in the Great Plains Technology Center starting at 7 pm on Thursday, January 26. Tickets are $20 and include a delicious meal, speaker and lots of inspiration. Come by the Chamber office or online (www.frederickokchamber.org) to buy your tickets. You do not need to be a Chamber member to attend however we’ll give you the chance to join if you’d like. Individual memberships are only $40, farm/ranch memberships are $80 and senior citizen memberships are $35; applications will be available at the banquet.

The Jr. Livestock Show Trophy Auction will be Monday, January 30 in the Great Plains Technology Center starting at 6:30.

The local Livestock Show will be held Friday, February 3 here in Frederick in the County Show Barn. Stay tuned for show details.

The Frederick Arts Council will hold an indoor garage sale February 4 in the Lois Long Center from 8 am to 2 pm. New items, bargain boxes, Christmas items, light fixtures and much more will be for sale. All proceeds will go toward the repair and upkeep of the Ramona Theatre.

The Hackberry Flat Center will host a Birds of Prey program February 18 from 9 am to noon at the Center. The event is free and no reservation is necessary. If you’d like more information head to www.wildlifedepartment.com and enter “Hackberry Flat” into the search box.

The Tillman County Livestock Show will be held February 26-28 in the County Show Barn. Stay tuned for show details.

Head to www.frederickbombers.net for a school calendar which includes all activities.

Whether or not you are directly involved in any of these activities doesn’t matter… attend and support those who work hard to put it all together.

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

Felisha Crawford,
Executive Director

Change

As I sit here in the last week of 2016 I can’t help but reflect on how things have changed this year. For those of you who don’t know me well, I started the year working in a hospital and studying to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences. I don’t think that on January 1 Haley Hoover was 100% sure she’d be spending a considerable amount of time in Australia either. But time passed, things changed and here we are. Haley and I both stepped out of our comfort zones and took chances. I couldn’t be happier.

When I interviewed for this job one of the first questions they asked me was if I knew for sure that I needed to change careers before it even took off. Trust me, I had thought of that well before I sat down at that interview. I worked really hard, sacrificed family time and spent a lot of stressful hours working toward a career in radiology. However, I am also smart enough to know that I am not ultimately in control of my life. Yes, I can make a lot of decisions that alter its course but sometimes things are put in our path by someone other than man.

You see, I had considered this Chamber Lady gig before and never felt it was the right time. Either I was pregnant or some other “thing” was happening that wouldn’t allow me to give it my all. This time was different. The timing in 2016 meant I could come to work and go home in the same town. It meant that even though I do work longer hours occasionally, I wouldn’t have to continue sacrificing my time with my husband and daughter the way I had been. It meant that I was probably mature enough to understand better how my community works and what it might need but to also be humble enough to not know these things and when to shut up and listen to someone else.

I knew deep down that it was time to give this a try. Even though I tried to come up with reasons it might not work, deep down I knew. It also helped that my “deep down” voice was sounding oddly like Lance Bohannon with a lot of rational arguments as to why I could and should try this. (I hope I’m not the only person whose inner monologue sometimes sounds like Lance!)

I’m telling you all this so you’ll understand that I really, really work hard at this job and believe in the work I do. I may not always make the right decision but the decisions I make are with Frederick in mind. I come to work every day hoping that what I do might help a business, bring a new family to town or encourage growth in some small way. I believe in Frederick and its people. I believe that when we work together we can eclipse any problem that gets in our way.

Times are hard and some things may not seem in our favor but if we work together then I truly believe we can help our community prosper. I’m not naïve enough to think it will be easy because it won’t. It’s going to take some creative thinking and potentially scary change to keep Frederick growing and becoming more economically sufficient. I’ll say it again, I believe in Frederick and its people.

Let’s come together and make 2017 a great year for Frederick.

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

Felisha Crawford,
Executive Director

Events, Events and more Events!

To say that there is a lot going on in Frederick is an understatement of ginormous proportions. (And yes, I know I used a made up word there!) My calendar looks like it was assaulted by an ink pen, my alarm on my phone is constantly going off as a reminder of where I’m supposed to be and honestly, I’m tired. But let me also tell you how thankful I am for those three things. We live in a community in which things are happening….events are being held and school activities are beginning to take off in high gear. What a great time to be in Frederick Oklahoma!

Football and girls softball are well underway within Frederick Public Schools, I’m not going to even try to tell you when all the different games are, there are just too many. You can however pick up one of those handy dandy multi fold schedules that the Quarterback Club distributes at many places around town or you get head to the school’s website for more information. www.frederickbombers.net

SW Oklahoma Youth Sports Association has soccer practices starting and games set to begin soon. I encourage you to attend those games whether you have a kid or grandkid playing in one. They are so much fun to watch, these kids practice hard and play hard! In addition to soccer, the Frederick Quarterback Club has begun its 3FL flag football league. Again, another activity I hope you go to watch. These young men and women work very hard to be the best they can be and the applause from the crowd helps to motivate them to keep on. Both organizations have Facebook pages which list schedules once they are put together or you can visit with any member of either SWOYSA or the Quarterback Club for more information.

The Tillman County Free Fair will also be underway September 8-10. You can find a copy of the schedule on the Chamber’s webpage at www.frederickokchamber.org, on the Tillman County Free Fair Facebook page or at the OSU Extension office on the first floor of the Courthouse. The fair will play host to the many hard working young men and women who show livestock, those who create art or baked goods, the Little Mr. & Miss TC Free Fair as well as many booths from local businesses and vendors. If you’d like a booth give the Extension office a call at 580-335-2515, it’s a great way to attract customers or get the word out about your business while supporting a wonderful tradition in Tillman County.

And last but certainly not least is Arts ‘N Action. For me this is always the weekend that I realize we have survived the heat of the summer and that fall is on its way. Visiting with friends and family on the Courthouse lawn, looking at beautiful art while eating some delicious food is what I consider a great day. If you are an artist or food vendor give Karen Caldwell a call at 580-305-5287, if you are an entertainer give Cacy Caldwell a call at 580-335-1499. The Frederick Arts & Humanities Council also encourages you to help “chair” the event by decorating chairs for your property. It’s a fun way to spruce up the community while peaking the interest of those who pass through town. We’ve done these kinds of things before with the Arts Show, OK Freewheel as well as the Smithsonian New Harmonies exhibit and each time folks passing through town stopped to find out what was going on. Do you know what happens when folks stop to ask what’s going on? They usually spend money! And speaking of money, two tickets to the Kyle Dillingham concert in October will be awarded to the best chair so get them decorated and out around September 1.

This is a pretty long list of activities to participate in and it is by no means all of them. Find your niche, find a new thing but just make sure you find your way to as many activities as you can in Frederick!

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

Felisha Crawford,
Executive Director