An air of celebration filled Bulldog Arena in Jay on Thursday, April 6, as members of the community gathered for the 2017 Jay Chamber of Commerce banquet. 

The event included a mix of awards and presentations. It also included an appearance by Miss Oklahoma 2016 Sarah Klein, who talked about her path to the Miss America pageant, as well as her platform which supports military personnel from "deployment to employment."

Miss Huckleberry 2017 Danielle Simms, and Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen 2017 Mackenzy Horst also spoke to those gathered about their experiences and platforms. 

The two young women will be the first to represent the newly organized Miss Huckleberry organization at the Miss Oklahoma pageant set for the weekend of June 9 and 10 in Tulsa.

Jay Chamber member Marvin Stockton presented Dr. Isabel Baker, a long-time northeast Oklahoma educator, with the chamber's lifetime achievement award. 

In presenting the honor, Stockton asked everyone in the room who had been taught by Baker to raise their hands. 

Shawn Curl was presented with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, while AST - led by John Farris and Darrel Robertson - was named the 2017 Business of the Year.

Other volunteer honors were presented to Robin Kirby, Dustin Holland, Brandon Alexander, Paul Patterson and Joe Hutchison with Hutchison Heat and Air. 

The event also included performances by the Jay High School Jazz Choir, led by Tonya Rudick, and Sydney Matheson, who signed to several songs, including Garth Brooks' The Dance. 

The Jay Chamber of Commerce meets at 11:30 a.m., the first Thursday of the month, at the Mariee Wallace Museum in Jay. For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.