Anadarko Chamber of Commerce Honors Hometown Heroes

Anadarko Chamber of Commerce Honors Hometown Heroes

Banner project to recognize local Caddo County veterans

Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance for your family to recognize the veterans and active duty military personnel who have served our country and represented Caddo County. These personalized banners can be purchased for a one-time $200 fee. They will be displayed throughout the year during the months of May (Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day), July (Independence Day) and November (Veterans Day) for the lifetime of the banner.

“Our board saw an opportunity to recognize the people who have served in our country’s military and add to the beautification of our city,” said David Scott, Anadarko Chamber Executive Director. “We are launching these banner sales during November as we recently honored Veterans Day and it coincides with Military Families Month.”

Personalized banners will be two feet wide by four feet high and will include the hero’s picture, name, rank and branch of service. Businesses are also encouraged to purchase sponsored banners that showcase the company’s name and general support for our veterans. In order to purchase a banner please call David at the Anadarko Chamber 405-247-6651 or email for more information. We will need a digital copy of the photo you would like to use along with the veteran’s information. There will be limited space available so please get your order in early.

Our example banner shown is of Rufus Vance Jr. who was a local business owner and former city councilor who passed away in 2018. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.


Call for Homes: Anadarko Christmas Tour 2019

Anadarko, OK – Calling all Christmas Decorators, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is seeking homeowners in Anadarko that would like to be featured on a Christmas Home Tour for one night only this December. This is your chance to show off your Christmas spirit and decorating abilities! If you are interested in allowing guests into your home for one night in December please call David at 405.247.6651 or email



Ms. Daisy’s Place Ribbon Cutting

Anadarko, OK – We held a ribbon-cutting for Ms. Daisy’s Place on Saturday, July 20th and there was a great turnout! The store is comprised of vendor booths that sell a variety of things such as clothes, antiques, electronics, etc. They had giveaways throughout the day with items that had been donated from their 19 vendors. They have a waiting list of people wanting to set up their own shop in the store. It is owned by Barbara Robards and Lynette Ramsey-Martin. Their store was originally located in Chickasha but they needed to find a new building. So they called our Anadarko Chamber who helped them find their space downtown at 113 W Broadway.

“The Chamber wants to thank Ms. Daisy’s Place for relocating to Anadarko. We’re excited to have more retail shopping in our downtown which helps other businesses as customers are able to walk from store to store,” said David Scott, chamber director.

Ms. Daisy’s Place is open Tuesday through Fridays from 10 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm. They are closed Sunday and Monday.


Honor America Festival 2019 Results

Anadarko, OK – On Saturday, June 29th, the Anadarko Chamber hosted their annual Honor America Festival in Randlett Park. In the morning, the Chamber partnered with Communities in Schools of Mid-America to host a 5K run that offered official timing and the only entry fee was asking for donations towards CIS’s new clothes closet that will benefit Anadarko Public School students. The race received $1,481.50 worth of clothing, toiletries, and other items from over 108 runners. You may contact Donna Bussell, 405-638-1639 to help support their cause. The overall male winner was Gabriel Simonesen with a time of 17:16.23 and the overall female winner was Alicia Jackson with a time of 24:59.17. View full race results by clicking here.

Brenden Robeaux 2nd  with a time of 17:25.49, Gabe Simonsen (Creek) 1st  with a time of 17:16, Justin Hill (Apache) 3rd with a time of 17:25.79, Jaxson Pearson 5th with a time of 18:04, Kyle Bussell (Apache) 4th with a time of 17:27.

The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held and winning teams by various age groups pictured:

The Chamber also had a cornhole tournament which was won by Team State Farm led by Tanner Salyer and Matthew Vasquez.

Plus, the Chamber hosted an inaugural Meat Pie Competition and the winner was Michelle Autaubo of Anadarko and tied for 2nd place was Albert Frye and Jemma Tartsah. We want to thank our judges, APS Superintendent Jerry McCormick, Bobbie Plummer, David Sullivan and Adra Vance. There were 17 entries in the meat pie competition and we had entries from Anadarko, Apache and Lawton.

The turtle races were a lot of fun and the results are 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, largest, smallest, cutest. The fastest and biggest turtle was brought by Kambren Moser, age 7, of Anadarko. The smallest turtle was brought by Silas Knight, age 10, from Lawton, and the cutest turtle was brought by Tate Butler, age 7, from Fort Cobb.

The Anadarko Chamber could not put on this amazing event without the help from our sponsors: Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Williamson Mini-Storage, First State Bank, State Farm Insurance – Tanner Salyer, The Physicians’ Hospital of Anadarko, Dirt Road Graphics, Bill East Bail Bonds, Cloud Headz, Peace Pipe Bros, Joshua’s Auto Sales, Waste Connections, and the City of Anadarko.


Anadarko Family Dollar Grand Reopening!

Anadarko, OK – The Family Dollar store in Anadarko has recently gone through some in-store renovations to provide more options for their customers. In addition to adding more grocery products, they have increased their cooler capacity by more than double. They held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 to recognize their Grand Reopening.

“Inside the store, we have completely changed twenty percent of our inventory to better serve our customers,” said Travis Chalepah, store manager. “We believe our store can thrive in Anadarko.”

People visiting the store during the grand reopening had opportunities to win gift baskets, gift cards ranging from $25-$100, tote bags and more! They also provided hot dogs during lunch and hosted a coloring contest for kids to win prizes.

Family Dollar stores were acquired by Dollar Tree in 2014 through an 8.5 billion dollar purchase.

“We are happy to know that, even though some Family Dollar stores were closed after the merger, their leadership recognizes the opportunity to succeed in Anadarko. We thank them for their continued investment in our community,” commented David Scott, executive director of the Anadarko Chamber.

Some new products are recognizable by their “Wow” sign for only $1.

Gordon Emhoolah Featured in Special Exhibition

“Spirit Within” by Gordon Emhoolah

ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA: The Southern Plains Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of paintings by Gordon Emhoolah. The exhibition will run from April 5 to May 24, 2019. On April 5, a reception and gallery talk will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gordon Emhoolah, an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented painter. Born and raised around the “Apache Wye” area west of Anadarko, Oklahoma, Gordon and his wife, Lorrie Thorpe-Emhoolah, reside in Norman, Oklahoma. Gordon currently works full-time as an artist.

Gordon first began his artistic work in the mid 1990’s, exploring sketching and graffiti art as a hobby. His mother Rachel Chalepah and father Hubert “Bucky” Emhoolah instilled in Gordon at an early age the importance of traditional pow-wow’s and the Native American Church. The values learned from this upbringing had a profound effect on Gordon’s art. With no formal training, Gordon has taught himself how to tell narrative stories though his art. He has progressively become a highly skilled painter, focusing his talent on the depiction of Native American Church traditions. Acrylic and watercolor paints on canvas are the media Gordon uses to demonstrate his extensive knowledge of the current and historical practices of the Native American Church. His hope is to use his art to carry on these teachings for future generations.

As a descendent of the Kiowa, Apache and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Gordon grew up surrounded by traditional cultural practices and ceremonies. This upbringing provides him the inspiration for his art today. His art brings a contemporary feel to the traditional subjects that he depicts. Gordon uses meditation and song to guide him while he creates his art. This will be Gordon’s first exhibit in a museum setting and he is grateful for the opportunity to share his creations with his family, friends, and the community.

The artwork featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Gordon Emhoolah directly by email at The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public.


Anadarko Chamber Awards Banquet 2019

Businesses and Individuals to be Recognized for Community Involvement

Anadarko, OK – The finalists for the 2019 Anadarko Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet include the following: Large Business of the Year – CKenergy, Gold River Casino, and Sonic Drive-In, Small Business of the Year – Redskin Theater, Dirt Road Graphics, and Southwestern Welding Supply; Organization of the Year – VFW Auxiliary 1015, Anadarko Public School Foundation, and B.I.A. Child Protective Services; Woman of the Year – Carol Swindell, Julie Pedersen, and Karen Black; Man of the Year – Skip Hamill, Leroy Head, and Durell Cooper III. We will also be presenting Tom and Carolyn Cantrell with a lifetime achievement award.

Every year the Anadarko Chamber recognizes individuals and organizations that are working to improve people’s lives in the Anadarko area. The winners will be announced at the Chamber’s annual banquet which will be held on Thursday, March 28th and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m. at Oakridge Camp. This year’s theme will be “The Price is Right in Anadarko!” and will include entertainment from the classic TV show. Attendees will also have a chance to bid on items during a silent/live auction which raises funds for the Chamber to help pay for various programming during the year.

Sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are $30 per person and you may contact David Scott at the Anadarko Chamber to reserve your seats. Please call 405-247-6651 or email for more information.


Anadarko Chamber Shop Local Christmas Giveaway!

Anadarko Chamber Recognizes Shop Local Giveaway Winner!


Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce created a “Shop Local” giveaway to encourage people to remember to do Christmas shopping in Anadarko first before looking at other locations. Statistics have shown that for every $100 spent in a local business $68 will stay in our local economy.

“We wanted to do a big present giveaway to promote a fun reminder for people to support their own community and that will help keep our tax dollars in Anadarko,” said David Scott, Chamber Executive Director.

Participants had to spend at least $20 in a local business and turned in their receipts to the Chamber for an entry into the drawing. After shopping at George’s Dept Store, Thresa Moser’s ticket was drawn and she was recognized as the winner at the Chamber meeting on December 20th. Several local businesses donated items toward the present and the total value was over $500 in gifts.


We want to thank the following businesses for their support:
Anadarko Tag Agency
Apex, Inc.
Auxiliary Gift Shop at the Physicians’ Hospital
City of Anadarko
Dirt Road Graphics
Joshua’s Auto Sales
Ridge Runner Roofing
Simply Elegant Flowers, Etc.
Timberland Real Estate
Trophies N’ Things

2018 Anadarko Christmas Parade Float Winners

Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce’s announced the winners of the 2018 Christmas Parade “Rockin’ Around The Tree” Float Contest. The winners are as follows: Best Individual – Michelle Ahshapnek with Miniature Horse, Best Civic Organization – Eerie Acres Haunted Armory, Best Business – Sun Loan Company, and Best Church – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. We want to thank our guest judges: City Councilor Patrick Redbird, Linda Oliphant and J.J. Vance.

Executive Director David Scott commented, “We had an excellent turnout this year for our annual Christmas Parade in Anadarko. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who volunteered to be a part of the parade. We will continue to host the annual parade on the first Saturday in December, so you can mark your calendars for December 7th in 2019!”



Anadarko Teen To Compete in Miss Teen USA State Pageant

Rylea Bennett from Anadarko, daughter of Rick and Rhonda Bennett, has been selected to participate in the 2019 Miss Oklahoma Teen USA Pageant. The pageant will take place October 20-21 in Shawnee, OK. She will be competing as the representative of Caddo County and will compete in active wear, evening gown, and personal interview. The pageant has two age divisions, and the winners will represent our state in the 2019 MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageant. MISS USA goes on to compete in the MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant. The MISS USA Pageant system stresses good morals, physical fitness, communication skills, social awareness, and community involvement.

Rylea enjoys softball, trap, archery, gardening, and riding her horses. She loves to cook for her neighbors and friends, and her favorite downtime is spending time with family. She is a 4.0 student at Verden High School and holds the officer position of Sentinel for the Verden FFA Chapter where her projects are ownership/entrepreneurship of a cattle herd and floriculture. She is a member of the Caddo County 4-H Shooting Sports team in which she shoots trap, skeet, and sporting clays. Rylea is the catcher for the Verden High School softball team and is constantly cheering on her fellow teammates even from behind the plate. She is the president of her sophomore class and president of the student council. Her hope is to attend the University of Oklahoma to become a doctor and specialize in neurological pathology.
Rylea is being sponsored by Simply Elegant Flowers, Etc., Lauren Jene Photography, Bill East Bail Bonds, and family and friends. For more information about Rylea or you would like to become a sponsor, you may contact Rhonda at 405-247-3863.