Lions receive update on upcoming Pecan Festival

Pictured at Tuesday’s meeting from left are  Lion Brenda Thompson, Clint Wilson, Anthony Nieto, and President Lion R.C. Morrow. (Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).

By Dean Craig

Okmulgee Lions


I had heard an old adage years ago that says, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.”  Friday I got a call from Lion Rusty Milroy checking on a program space for the upcoming Pecan Festival, but the earliest time available was the first Tuesday in June.  However, checking my e-mails a little later, I found a last-minute cancellation for Tuesday's program.  So, as fate would have it, or luck if you prefer, not to worry because a program awaits in the wings.

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting brought us two members of the Pecan Festival committee in the persons of Clint Wilson, Chamber of Commerce Board President, and Anthony Nieto, Okmulgee Times General Manager. Both expressed pleasure that the Pecan Festival had been reinstated last year after about a 10 year hiatus.  And this year's line-up provides a little bit of everything for all ages, so there will not be the need to sit around the Council House because of boredom.  First of all, the Council House is cordoned off for repairs, so don't even think about feeding the squirrels. And secondly, speaking of feeding, all kinds of food vendors have already signed up to be here to tempt your palate.

Thursday evening kicks off with Channel 6 meteorologist Travis Meyer doing the weather from downtown, and the carnival opening with unlimited rides with the purchase of the special bracelet.  Pecan pie from Coleman's will be available.  The Lions Club will again be sponsoring the turtle race with cash prizes, and the Rotary Club will sponsor the Pet Parade.  Cody Elkins, motorcycle stunt rider, will be back as well as Brent Giddens and other musicians.  The BBQ cook-off will during the event, and it is sanctioned as a regional qualifier for points in the Kansas City BBQ championship contest.  Tasting kits will be available on Saturday.  And, of course, the 5K run will be held again.  So, why sit at home and sweat when you can come downtown and sweat?

The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit will be here Friday and Saturday, providing eight health tests that would normally cost about $300, but is FREE!  Tests include blood pressure, body mass index, lung function, visual acuity, bone density, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and glaucoma.  The Spot Vision Camera is another tool that will be available (target age is 6 months to 6 years) and it tests for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), anisometropic (unequal refractive power), strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisocoria (unequal pupil size).  The parents will be given a print-out of the results.  This testing is also FREE, compliments of the Okmulgee Lions Club.

We appreciate the response of Clint Wilson and Anthony Nieto to fill this void and to give an overview of the upcoming Pecan Festival on June 8-10, and what it will hopefully mean to the community.

On a related note, the 100-year celebration commemorative glass was won by Lion Rusty Milroy, as the 11th name drawn.  The names drawn, but not present, were: Donna Thomas, James Thompson (ineligible, previous winner), Tim Walker, Dolph Hayden, Richard Larabee, Philip Wright, Andrew Balint, Alicia Dudley, Christie Baldridge, and Dr. James Ward.  We are still looking for a few more good men and women to share in service to this community.  "WE SERVE".

Lions Calendar

May 23 - Guest is Dan Bewley, Three Sands Clothing. Program chair is Rusty Milroy.

May 30 - Guest is Paul Schatte, Vice President Head Country BBQ Sauce. Program chair is Beth Flud.

Meetings are held at 12 noon on Tuesdays at the First Baptist Church, 5th and Seminole (gymnasium)

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