From the annual Punkin' Chunkin' to the Jay Fall Fest, there's something going on almost every weekend in the next few weeks throughout the Grand Lake region.
Saturday, Sept. 29
• Hook-n-Cook Off
This Saturday, Sept. 29, is the 25th Annual Hook-n-Cook Off, hosted by the South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The event, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., takes place at the South Grand Lake Regional Airport in Ketchum.
The event pits the finest Grand Lake region fish fryers against each other with an assortment of fish frying, hush puppies and cole slaw, served up for the hungry public.
This year’s event will include a car show, vendors, a live concert by Southbound Mule Band, catfish races, and of course the best fish award and the people’s choice award.
A kids zone, complete will animals from the Oasis Animal Adventures, face painting and balloon animals will also be available.
Voting begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children.
While the cooking teams are full, chamber officials are still taking vendor applications.
Participants are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs as seating will be limited.
For more information, persons interested may contact Amanda Warren at 918-782-3214 or visit www.grandlakechamber.org.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 5 & 6
• Girls' Grand Getaway Weekend
Mark those calendars and save the date. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6 is the Girls' Grand Getaway, sponsored by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, the Grove Sun and Grove area merchants.
The weekend will combine the the events of the Seventh Annual Grand Lake Women's Expo, along with a variety of things in and around Grove.
The expo, a fixture on Grand Lake since 2013, is a premier event for all things health, beauty and lifestyle for women. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday at the Grove Civic Center.
Vendors may register at http://bit.ly/GrandExpo2018 to attend the event. Non profits are encouraged to register, free of charge.
Other events include a Grove Merchants' Open House on Friday and Saturday, and a “Running for the Girls” 5k Fun Run on Saturday.
The run, sponsored by officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, will benefit the INTEGRIS Grove Foundation’s Cancer Fund.
Participants may sign up for the 5K Run at www.Groveok.org, on the "Girls Grand Gateway Weekend" tab, under the "About Grove" section.
Additionally, Saturday events include the Brush and Palette Gallery paint party at the gallery on Fourth Street, and the Vintage on the Creek fall gathering, featuring craft and food trucks taking place next door to the Grove Civic Center.
On Saturday evening, a Chuckwagon Dinner and Dance will take place at Har-Ber Village. The annual event draws people from across the region for an evening of cowboy themed fun.
For more information, persons interested may call the Grove Sun office at 918-786-2228 or Donnie Crain at 918-786-9079.
Saturday, Oct. 6
• Vintage By the Creek Fall Party
Popup vendors with Vintage By The Creek will host a fall sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the outdoor market, 1621 South Broadway Street, Grove.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-791-1849 or visit the Facebook page by searching "Vintage-by-the-Creek".
• First Baptist Church Block Party
Members of the First Baptist Church will host a block party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at the church, 501 East 13th Street, Grove.
Everything is free. It will include inflatables, carnival games, petting zoo, face painting, give aways, ministry booths, hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, sno cones and more.
It will also include a visit by Billy Helton, who has appeared on Forged in Fire.
• Seventh Annual Women's Expo
The Seventh Annual Grand Lake's Women's Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove. The expo is part of the Girls' Grand Getaway weekend.
Vendors may register by visiting: http://bit.ly/GrandExpo2018. Non profits are invited to have a booth at no charge.
For additional information, persons interested may contact 918-786-2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13
• Pelican Fest
One of the state’s top tourist destinations, Grand Lake, is set to attract visitors from around the area on October 10 to 13 for the 35th annual Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove.
The event will include carnival rides, musical performances, pelican lake tours, arts & crafts, food trucks, free face painting, free balloon animals, car show and a parade,.
The festival is hosted by the Grand Lake Association with the Cherokee Casino Grove as headline sponsor.
Free entertainment includes performances by Let’s Zeppelin on Friday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., NightTrain on Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and Next Halen on Saturday evening from 7:30 until 10 p.m. These events take place under the Cherokee Casino Grove entertainment tent.
On both Friday and Saturday, Pelican Boat Tours are available for $20. Call 918-786-2289 for reservations. Art and Crafts and food trucks will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Carnival by Pride Amusements will open from 6 to 10 p.m., on Friday and from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
The parade, organized by the Grove Rotary Club, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
For more information, persons interested may call Grand Lake Association at 918-786-2289.
Saturday, Oct. 13
• First Tennessee-Style BBQ & Bluegrass
Volunteers at St. Andrew's Episcopal church will host the first Tennessee Style BBQ and Bluegrass Jam Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, on the grounds of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove.
The event is free for participants and spectators. BBQ meals are $10 each. Vendor opportunities available.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is located at 555 East Third Street, Grove. For more information, persons interested may contact Rev. David L. Bridges at 918-786-4113 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Oct. 20
• Grove Springs Cultural Festival
The second Grove Springs Cultural District Art Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Grove Community Center, in Grove.
Visual artists from the Grand Lake region are encouraged to set up booths inside the Community Center, Rooms 6 and 7, or in downtown participating businesses.
Booths in the Community Center are available for only $25 per 8 by 10-foot booth.
Applications may be obtained from the organization's Facebook page and locally at the Brush & Palette Club, Wed. through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Heart & Soul Gallery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with applications in the mail slot after hours; Redemption Implements, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday; Gallery Southwest, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and the Grove Public Library during business hours.
Businesses in the cultural district, essentially Grove’s downtown area, who wish to sponsor an artist in or in front of their business during the festival should contact Suzanne Boles at 918-786-5871 for inclusion in future promotions.
Businesses outside the designated district are encouraged to find ways to support the arts that day as well.
A program on the ever growing popularity of Barn Quilts will be presented at 1 p.m., in room 4 of the community center.
The creation of barn quilts is one of this year’s cultural district’s projects. Recia Garcia and Lynda Latta, OSU Extension Educators, are coming from Woodward and Gage to introduce participants to the importance of barn quilts and inspire residents to celebrate the community’s heritage by creating quilts. The program is part of the Art Festival and will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 4 of the Community Center.
A special contest for students with art entries made from recyclable plastic is in the planning stage. Information on this contest will be available after October 1 at the Grove Public Library. Students are encouraged to explore websites with such searches as ‘kids art made from recyclable plastic” and “earth day art projects with recycled materials.”
Organizations that make up the coordinating council of the cultural district include: The Playmakers, Brush & Palette Club, Lendonwood Gardens, Grove Public Library, Grove Public Schools, Grove Chamber of Commerce, Heart & Soul Gallery, Jana Jae Festivals and Gallery Southwest, and Har-ber Village. All events are held with assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council as well as local support.
For more information, or to submit a visual artist application, persons interested may leave a message at 918-786-5871.
• Jay Fall Fest
Volunteers from the City of Jay will host a Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Delaware County Courthouse lawn.
The event will include music, food trucks, lawn games, bounce houses, face painting, vendors, and more. The event will be free and open to the public.
Vendors ranging from arts and crafts, home goods, bath and body products, clothing and jewelry are encouraged to attend.
For more information, or to reserve a vendor space, persons interested may contact Camrine Thompson at 918-253-4148 or 918-705-1898, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be found at the Jay City Hall during normal business hours, or via the Google Form on the City of Jay/Jay Utilities Authority Facebook page.
• Zena Fall Fest
Volunteers with Zena Baptist Church and the Zena Community Center will host the Zena Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the community center in Zena.
The event will include an assortment of activities including a car show, bounce houses and games for children, a hot pepper and pie eating contest, a root beer and Mt. Dew chugging contest, a pumpkin carving contest and more.
A bicycle ride fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity will start at 8 a.m.
The car show will take place with registration from 10 a.m. to noon, judging from noon to 1:30 p.m., and awards at 2 p.m.
Entries submitted before Oct. 18, are $10, day of show registration is $15. Multiple classes are available. Dash plaques are available for the first 30 entries.
Contests,including pumpkin carving, pie eating, root beer chugg off, Mt. Dew chugg off, and the hot pepper eating contest will take place between 11 a.m. and noon.
Bounce houses and games will be available for the children in attendance.
Concessions will be available throughout the day. The evening events will include a community hot dog roast at 5:30 p.m., followed by a hay ride.
The community center is located at 36187 South 575 Road, Jay. For more information, persons interested may contact Rick Thomas, pastor of Zena Baptist Church, at 918-314-1218 or email@example.com, or visit zenafallfest.weebly.com.
Saturday, Oct. 27
• Punkin Chunkin in Vinita
Members of the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Fourth Annual Route 66 Punkin Chunkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27, at John's Tractor Works, 444934 U.S. Highway 60/66, in Vinita.
Air cannons, catapults, and trebuchets (among other machines) will all be found on the firing line at this year’s festival.
Categories will include youth, amateur, professional, and air cannon, meaning multiple teams will proudly get to call themselves chunker champions. The event is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to build something with their hands and engage in some friendly competition.
The Punkin Chunkin is more than a high-flying competition. It’s a festival including food trucks, arts and crafts, and live music. A new feature this year is a Dutch oven cooking competition.
Free activities for the kids include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and more. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $5. Children four and under are free. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
Vendors are still being sought for the event, which is expected to fill the pasture surrounding the business with food trucks, craft vendors, artists, retail shops and public information booths.
Cost to participate is $25 10x10 booth, $35 or 10x20 foot booth, and $50 for 20x20 foot space. Vendors may register online at www.vinita.com/events or call 918-256-733.