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!”

 

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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.

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“The Bus Stop” Coming to Anadarko Pocket Park

 

“The Bus Stop” Coming to Pocket Park


Anadarko, OK – Monday July 16th the Anadarko Chamber’s Food Truck Mondays will be continuing downtown in the Pocket Park. “The Bus Stop” food truck will be set up from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch.

“The Bus Stop” offers delicious and affordable food. Their menu will include a variety of sandwiches from grilled chicken to bbq. Others include the “Made Right Burger” and the “Nueske” bratwurst. The Nueske is made with a bacon and cheddar bratwurst served on a steamed bun with your choice of toppings. The “Made Right Burger” is made from ground chuck that is from their own herd of grass fed cows with no added hormones to their diet. The meat is slow cooked and served on a steamed bun with pickle and mustard. You can also add cheese to this and make it a “cheese right”. This burger offers the same great flavor with half the fat.

Food Truck Mondays was started to give people more options in town since many restaurants are closed on Mondays. If you are a vendor and would like to set up you can visit anadarkochamber.org/foodtrucks for more information or call 405-247-6651. The Pocket Park is located at 207 W. Broadway St, Anadarko, OK 73005.

 

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“The Made Right Burger”

“The Nueske”

Fishes-N-Loaves Starts Fried Chicken Fridays

Fishes-N-Loaves Starts Evening Service with Fried Chicken Fridays!



Anadarko, OK – Fishes-N-Loaves recently celebrated their 4th anniversary of being in business as a local restaurant in Anadarko. The owner, Bobbie Plummer, has big plans for the future and is starting by offering a new concept of “Fried Chicken Fridays” and will be serving whole or half chicken dinners on Friday evenings. They will be available for dine-in or carry-out from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. starting Friday, July 6th. The “whole” meal consists of 8 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, okra, and four biscuits for $16.99 and the “half” meal includes 4 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, okra, and two biscuits for $8.99.

“We are excited to offer this fried chicken menu to our loyal customers,” said Bobbie Plummer. “We wanted to offer something different for people on a Friday night in Anadarko.”

Customers can enjoy the meal at 201 W. Main St, Anadarko, OK 73005 or call in an order by dialing 405-247-8889.

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APEX, Inc. Opening New Boutique in Anadarko!

APEX, Inc. Opening New Boutique in Anadarko! Grand Opening Set for June 27th!

Anadarko, OK – Apex, Inc. based in Anadarko is expanding their operations to include a boutique store filled with donated clothes, jewelry, purses and other items that are handmade onsite. Apex employees over 45 employees and their corporate mission is to provide services that encourage and empower independence and provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities that enable them to live and work in the community and become fully participating members of society.

“This is an innovative step for us to continue to create jobs for our clients and also build a new revenue source,” said Sheri Hammons, executive director for Apex. “Beatriz Kilpatrick had the initial idea for us to create a high-end, gently used, boutique where prices are very affordable.”

Apex is accepting monetary donations and in-kind items, if you would like to make a donation please contact Sheri or Beatriz at 405-247-7377. The boutique is located in downtown Anadarko across from the post office at 117 S. 1st street. They are planning a grand opening for the boutique on Wednesday, June 27th starting at 10 a.m. so customers can have opportunity to visit the store and enjoy some refreshments.



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The Case for Liquor-by-the-Drink in Caddo County

By: Mayor Kyle Eastwood

June 26th marks a critical moment for the future of Anadarko and Caddo County. After months of seeking an opportunity for our citizens to decide on restaurants being able to sell a glass of wine with dinner or a cup of beer at a concert, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce was able to get that opportunity on the ballot for our residents. Now, we have to do our part and get out to vote YES.

Recently, voters across the State voted to allow 6 point beer to be sold outside of liquor stores. An indirect consequence of this vote was the end of 3.2 beer. By allowing the sale of 6 point beer, the laws regarding alcohol sales in counties without liquor-by-the-drink became outdated overnight. Under current law in Caddo County, once 6-point beer becomes legal in October and 3.2 beer becomes extinct, local restaurants will no longer be able to sell a beer with your wings and you won’t be able to buy a beer during your 18-holes of golf at Fort Cobb State Park. Why? Because 6-point beer is an alcoholic beverage by law and without liquor-by-the-drink being approved, it cannot be sold. In other words, Caddo County will be a true “dry” county.

For those who like a glass of wine with a steak dinner, a beer at the bar while they watch the ballgame, or a margarita at your favorite Mexican restaurant, liquor-by-the-drink is an easy issue to support. But what about those who don’t care for alcohol and don’t intend to drink if it’s available? Your support is absolutely at the heart of why this is a critical moment for Anadarko and Caddo County.

The primary impact of our failure to pass liquor-by-the-drink will be economic. The vote can cause economic growth, or it can cause a loss of jobs and businesses. If we support the issue, our current businesses that served 3.2 beer will be able to serve the new 6-point beer along with other alcoholic beverages. This will of course be good for our existing businesses. But, as your elected officials work to recruit new businesses, the ability to generate revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages will be the only way to get new restaurants and entertainment venues to locate in our town.

If we do not support the issue, we will harm exisiting businesses who served 3.2 beer by eliminating a source of revenue for them and closing all bars. What does that mean for our City and County? It means our sales tax revenue will decline, we will have fewer jobs, and our ability to get people to move here will be even harder without places to eat and things to do.

Anadarko has made tremendous progress in the last couple of years, and we now have an opportunity to take a huge step forward. Since I have been Mayor, I have had hundreds of people talk to me about the need for more jobs, places to eat and things to do in Anadarko. June 26th is an opportunity for us to continue our progress toward fulfilling those needs. A vote for liquor-by-the-drink will help us protect the jobs we have and will aid us in our quest for new jobs. The revenue generated by these sales will help the County provide more funding for roads and bridges and will help the State have more funding for education, healthcare and transportation needs.

So help us to KEEP MOVING ANADARKO FORWARD and vote YES for liquor-by-the-drink on June 26th.

14th Annual Am Jam Skateboard Tournament

Anadarko, OK – The 14th Annual Am-Jam Skateboard Tournament was held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Rotary Park in Anadarko. This is the longest running skateboard contest in the state of Oklahoma and is hosted by the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the competition, the organizers added new elements to this year’s event including free activities such as rock wall climbing, bounce house, power bounces, and live music!

“Our goal is to grow this event into a bigger festival style event that not only includes the skate competition but also has fun for the whole family,” said Chamber Director David Scott.

The competition includes four categories which are beginner, intermediate, advanced, and old man. Each year over $1,000 in cash and prizes are given out and this year’s winners are as follows:

Advanced
1st Place – Landon Barnhart, Wichita, KS
2nd Place – Tyler Carroll, Moore, OK
3rd Place – Lucien Corriveau, Anadarko, OK

Intermediate
1st Place – Aaron Byrd, Wichita, KS
2nd Place – Blake Plaster, Fort Cobb, OK
3rd Place – Severyn Cadwell, Wichita, KS

Beginner
1st Place – Jet Brumback, Edmond, OK
2nd Place – Cam Nowlin, Mustang, OK
3rd Place – Lamar White, Gracemont, OK

Old Man
1st Place – Jason Verus, Oklahoma City, OK
2nd Place – Salami, Oklahoma City, OK
3rd Place – Tyler Nowlin, Mustang, OK

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Advanced – 1st Place
Landon Barnhart, Wichita, KS

Advanced – 2nd Place
Tyler Carroll, Moore, OK

Advanced – 3rd Place
Lucien Corriveau, Anadarko, OK


Intermediate – 1st Place
Aaron Byrd, Wichita, KS

Intermediate – 2nd Place
Blake Plaster, Fort Cobb, OK

Intermediate – 3rd Place
Severyn Cadwell, Wichita, KS

Beginner – 1st Place
Jet Brumback, Edmond, OK

Beginner – 2nd Place
Cam Nowlin, Mustang, OK

Beginner – 3rd Place
Lamar White, Gracemont, OK


Old Man – 1st Place
Jason Verus, Oklahoma City, OK

Old Man – 2nd Place
Salami, Oklahoma City, OK

Old Man – 3rd Place
Tyler Nowlin, Mustang, OK

Help us Name our New Anadarko Chamber Mascot!

Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce is seeking suggestions for names of its new mascot which is a bison. They are asking the Anadarko community and supporters to help name the Chamber’s mascot.

“The idea of having a character to help us grow our brand identity is something unique,” said Executive Director David Scott. “We think it is a fun idea to bring awareness for the Chamber and to help us promote our local businesses, events and tourist sites.”

You can choose between three suggestions which are “Buddy”, “Bo”, and “Dodge” but there is also an option to write-in your own. Participants have until May 15th, 2018 to vote for their favorite name or to make a write-in suggestion. Please visit anadarkochamber.org/mascot to cast your vote.

New Bed and Breakfast Opens in Anadarko, OK

Anadarko, OK – The Ridge is now open and accepting reservations for stays at the newest bed and breakfast in southwest Oklahoma. This property is located just west of Anadarko which is an hour southwest of Oklahoma City, and is owned and operated by the same family that runs Oakridge Christian Camp and Retreat Center.

“We are excited to open this facility and we hope it is a beacon for the city of Anadarko,” said owner Brian Ball.


The Ridge is a beautiful four bedroom home, with large spaces for dining and can accomodate groups large and small. It is a perfect venue for a wedding and can also be used as a nice getaway retreat. This home even features a theater room!

 


Chamber Executive Director David Scott commented, “This bed and breakfast ties into Anadarko’s strength as a tourism community and while guests stay here we hope they will also shop downtown, visit local Native American art/heritage sites, and perhaps one of our three local wineries.”

You can find more information and details on how to book your stay at theridgeok.com or call 405-247-5433.

 

Tobias Monroe Featured in a Special Exhibition

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2018

U.S. Department of the Interior
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Southern Plains Indian Museum
801 E. Central Blvd., Anadarko, OK 73005
To Feature Tobias Monroe in a Special Exhibition

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 Tobias Monroe. The exhibition will run from February 2 to March 23, 2018.  The exhibition is free and open to the public. Tobias Monroe, an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented contemporary oil painter. A graduate of Apache High School, Apache, Oklahoma, he served four years in the United States Navy following graduation. Tobias is the owner and operator of TM’s Art Studio and Gallery, located in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Currently he resides in Apache, Oklahoma, where he works full time as an artist. Although he began drawing as a child under the tutelage of his grandmother, Tobias did not begin painting seriously until four years ago. Drawing, painting, and assembling puzzles served as a foundation for his early love of art. He credits his inspirational high school art instructor with helping to teach him the skills he needed to develop as an artist. While Tobias has experimented with a variety of painting media, he prefers oil paint because it allows for a more vivid color palette. In some ways Tobias feels his mind absorbed the childhood memories of puzzles and those memories are reflected in his art today. Tobias begins each composition with a blank canvas and an idea. He uses a selection of sponges, brushes, and a pallet knife to apply the paint to the canvas. He keeps his brushwork to a bare minimum, feeling more comfortable with his preferred tool, a pallet knife. Each portion of the artwork is important to him and he takes great care to ensure that individual colors are not lost in the overall design. The American bison is a common theme in his work due to the importance of the animal to his ancestors. Tobias’ artwork has been displayed at multiple venues including: Paseo Plunge, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; TM’s Studio and Gallery, Medicine Park, Oklahoma; Nevaquaya Fine Arts Studio, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Comanche Nation College, Lawton, Oklahoma. The artwork featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Tobias Monroe directly at (405) 318-8317 or by email at troblesm@gmail.com. The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board.  Regular viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 801 East Central Blvd., Anadarko, Oklahoma. For more information, call the museum at (405) 247-6221.


Title: “Buff” by Tobias Monroe