Lots of activities coming up – Published in the Sept. 21-27 Edition of the C-D

I hope everyone has had a great week so far! The fall season is so busy around Johnston County so I wanted this week’s column to be purely informational and give everyone some notice.
This Saturday, September 23rd we have the Ravia Fire Department’s BBQ Cook Out that will help raise money for new equipment and supplies for our brave volunteers. Come out from 4-8:00 p.m. There is also the Little Indians football game Saturday morning at home against Madill, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for the Yeti cooler!
Next, we have the Chickasaw Festival that will start September 29th and run through October 7th. I look forward to the people and festivities every year! A list of events with times is located on the community calendar on the Chamber webpage. The Stickball Tournament has come to Tishomingo this year – that will be exciting!
We have a presentation of ‘Monarchs on the Move’ at the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and Ole Red’s Grand Opening on the 30th which will feature a free concert and vendors. Last week, Ms. Cannon and I made our way around Main Street and tried to stop by each merchant to let them know about upcoming road closures. It took a while because we both love to talk, but I thought I would mention it here again. On September 29th, the block between the two stop lights (Kemp and Neshoba) will be closed from 8:00 a.m. through Friday, Saturday, and into the morning of Sunday, October 1st. As the street fills for the free concert Saturday night, the road blockage will extend down Main to Motor Sales or Gene Lafitte Pharmacy.
The following week, October 7th, the length of Main Street will be closed from approximately 11:00-2:00 p.m. for the Chickasaw Parade. Please be mindful of people walking through the streets and watch for little ones. The 7th will also feature the Tishomingo Fire Department’s open house for their brand-new facility, where there will be a fish fry and beverages available by donation. Additionally, there be a gun fight reenactment at the Johnston County Museum of History. Times are 11:30 a.m. before the Chickasaw parade, (parade at 12:30), 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Bring the kids for a fun show! There is definitely no shortage of family entertainment the next few weeks.
I would like to remind everyone that scarecrow submissions for the Student Scarecrow Contest (open to K-12 school organizations and classes) are due to the Chamber office by 5:00 p.m. on October 2nd! Remember, they must be free-standing. Landmark Bank, BancFirst, and the Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma have joined in to offer cash prizes and plaques for the winners, so get to building! We can’t wait to see them.
We would like to welcome the following new/renewed members this week: Dawg Towne Sanctuary, Stepp West, Corey & RuthAnne Darr, Ag & Industrial Construction, Tishomingo Fire Dept., and Tri-Agri Farm Center. You are each an asset to our community!