GAMA Farmers' Market

Grove Area Merchants Farmers' Market takes place from 8 a.m. - noon every Wednesday and Saturday at the Grove Community Center, 104 W. Third, Grove. This is a producer-only market. Everything is handmade or home-grown. For more information, contact Cheryl Franklin, market manager, at

Bingo at the American Legion

Members of Grove’s American Legion Qualate-Pritchard Post 178 will begin hosting bingo at 6 p.m., on Saturdays, at the American Legion building located at 114 Broadway at the corner of O'Daniel Parkway and Broadway.

The family-friendly event is open to people of all ages. It will be smoke, alcohol and drug free. A concession will be available with soda, water, tea, coffee, popcorn, nachos, chips, candy bars and other snacks.

Payouts will be in cash, with the prize amounts depending upon the number of packets being played. Participants are asked to arrive early to purchase packets as bingo will start promptly at 6 p.m.

For more information, persons interested may contact Le Cathey at 918-786-9860.

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 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.

Grove Springs Cultural District Art 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, by Recia Garcia and Lynda Latta, OSU Extension Educators.

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.”

For more information, or to submit a visual artist application, persons interested may leave a message at 918-786-5871.

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.

For more information, persons interested may visit or call 918-256-733.