By Sara Powell
This is the time of year we love the best! We love staying busy and bringing things to the community. Just last week with the motorcycle rally we had a community event for the public on Thursday! Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of the businesses and individuals of the community. This is great for the economy of Poteau. They come stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and purchase gas at our stations. Thanks again to the businesses with Marques welcoming the registrants of the rally, to the City of Poteau employees and the crew at Mainstreet. We had individuals from Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Georgia and Kansas. They all loved our area and Saturday announced that the 2020 rally will be back to Poteau on October 8th through the 10th.
This Friday, September 20th we have our Southeastern Oklahoma Regional Women’s Business Summit. This is an annual event through our partnership with REI Women’s Business Center. This is a one-day event that is designed to encourage, support and equip women in business. It’s an opportunity to network and gain exposure to your business. We have vendors and an excellent speaker. This year is Lissa Qualls with Clarity, LLC, she’s fun and energetic. We can’t wait to see what se has in store for us.
We are proud that our registration for the Old Frisco Trail ½ marathon/15k is up. This just helps with the restoration and maintenance of the trail. We have great plans for the Old Frisco Trail and we are on our way. Through our partnership with Snyder Lawn Care, Rails to Trail and the Wister Lake Association we can procure the future of the trail. In the last three years we’ve rebuilt bridges, added a parking lot, benches and trash cans along the trail with the matching funds from the event.
The BBQ Smack Down will be in the Donald W. Reynolds Center Parking lot in conjunction with the Old Frisco Trail ½ Marathon/15k. Team entry is free and judging starts at 10:30 am, but we had contestants come out on Friday night and cook all night long. We encourage all you BBQ Masters to come join in this fun and you could possibly win some cash! If you don’t cook BBQ but you love to eat it, perfect! We are selling $8.00 tickets and you can enjoy BBQ samplings from all the contestants with beans, bread and a water. You then can use that ticket to pick who you think has the best BBQ. The proceeds from this event goes to the Poteau Humane Society, help us raise money for such a great cause!
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Administrative Assistant/ Event Coordinator
Poteau Chamber of Commerce
501 S Broadway
Poteau, OK 74953