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Lunch meeting for chamber members and guests. Cost is $10 (payable at the door or online). Lunch will be provided by Hello! Catering of Perkins
Bobby Wintel with District Bicycles in Stillwater will present the program. Bobby will join us to discuss The Mid South.
Perkins, Oklahoma will serve as the halfway point for The Mid South, a bicycle race throughout Payne County and beyond. Perkins will welcome 1800 riders to town that day between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be a block party on Thomas St. downtown during that time, complete with live music and local food offerings to entertain the crowds. The Perkins community is encouraged to come down and show your support to these men and women competing. Let's show them what Perkins is all about!
"The time has come for change. Land Run 100 has come to an end. Welcome to The Mid South.
Land Run 100 has become so much more than a one day gravel bike race on some dirt roads in the middle of the country. In October of 2012, a handful of us from District Bicycles in Stillwater, OK put together a 100-mile route and invited our friends to come ride it. It seemed as if no one had been riding these roads. It felt like we had stumbled onto a secret, and we wanted to share this red dirt with anyone willing to come. The first year we had 121 riders from nine states and Canada, and we were pumped. What has happened over the years since still feels wild. This event has grown into a multi-day festival with live music, a 50k ultra run, a 50-mile ride, and the Double, all alongside the original 100-mile race. Friendships and deep connections have been built around this dirt road riding that will last a lifetime. I wanted this event to bring people together for a reunion of sorts. To celebrate, to laugh, to cry, and to experience this event together. Now, in 2020, close to 3,000 people are coming to experience these wild roads on foot and by bike together. I think about this event every single day. I want every person that comes here to feel a positive energy that is hard to describe. I want zero barriers to exist for a person to want to be a part of this experience. But there is a barrier, in the very name of the event, and it’s time to set it right. Without knowing anything about what occurred in 1889, I ignorantly named our event after the “Land Run” – the opening of the “Unassigned Lands” to settlement. Signs all over Stillwater speak of the Land Run of 1889, with one of them celebrating that this is “Where Oklahoma Began.” Moving to Stillwater from Kansas in 2011, I had never even heard of the Land Run. Using the name for our event seemed perfect, as these roads around Stillwater felt old, like they immediately transported a person traveling on them back to the time they were created. The Land Run, however, was one very public event in the long history of the US government displacing indigenous people. I’m working on learning about this history of genocide and the removal of Natives from this land we call home, and will be for a long time, but I know enough now to know that naming our race “Land Run” was a mistake. I am by no means an expert on our nation’s history and I am overwhelmed by what I have learned so far. Below are a few links to sources far more knowledgeable than I am.
It was never the goal for the race to be tied directly to the actual Land Run that opened settlement to non-Native Americans in Oklahoma. We didn’t intend to celebrate or reenact those events. Nevertheless, the name did immediately connect us to its history, and for that we are sorry. Along with the name, we are changing how the event will start by not using “Packy” the cannon from Oklahoma State University. This correlates to the start of the original Land Run where a cannon was also used. In an attempt to find the raddest and loudest object we could use to start the race we again, unknowingly, tied ourselves deeper to the past. We are changing the name and the way we start the event, but not the soul. This event belongs to all willing to give our time and energy to participate, organize, volunteer, or spectate. This event is not defined solely by its name, but more so by those so deeply invested in the continuation of it.
Names give definition to people, place, time, and events. The meaning and depth within a name can be simple and to the point, or full of references from the past and information not easily recognized by many. The way a name brings meaning to an individual depends on that person and their experience or relationship with said name. It’s easy to overlook the meaning of any name and possibly assume it’s something a person created without a lot of time and thought. It’s even easier to not be aware of how certain words or names may make others feel especially if their association with a name is different from ours.
The Mid South is a name that we can give our own definition to through our experiences on these deeply red roads. This new name is an evolution of all the ways this event has changed over the last 7 years. To me, The Mid South represents everything we’ve wanted to share since realizing how ridiculously good these roads are. This is our party. This is our place and time to be ourselves and to continue to invite others to join us. The Mid South is a place to get rowdy, to race, to finish, and to celebrate.
We must all strive to understand and to begin to see things through a lens other than our own. To stand underneath an object, to feel it’s weight, to see it from all sides and angles is to truly know what it is made of. Allowing ourselves to be immersed in the perception of others is difficult. It is incredibly important for us to realize that our perception is shaped by our experiences and is not the only reality that matters or exists. It is beautiful when we learn and when we are vulnerable enough to listen.
Moving forward, at the core of The Mid South is the raw feeling of being overwhelmed by this opportunity to experience the land around us on bike and on foot. Experiencing these roads together and in our own individual way is incredible and can change you. Come to race, come to ride, come to see friends, come to finish, and come to party. March will be here soon. I’ll see you at the finish line.
Businesses of the Month:
- Perkins Church of Christ
- Partners in Education
Lunch meeting for chamber members and guests. Cost is $10 (payable at the door or online). Lunch will be provided by El Mexicano of Perkins.
Representatives from Central Electric Cooperative in Stillwater (including Pepper) will present the program.
Businesses / Members of the Month:
- Hey Sister Boutique
- Suzette Barta
Cindy Cummings with Relay for Life of Payne County will present the program.
- Excel Development Group
- City of Perkins
Lunch meeting for chamber members and guests. Cost is $10 (payable at the door or online). Lunch will be provided by D'Marios Pizza of Perkins.
Kelly McCauley of LifeNet Ambulance Service will present the program.
- Immanuel Baptist Church
- Eick Agency, LLC.
The Great American Clean Up (Trash Off) is once again coming to Perkins. The event will be held Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All volunteers will meet at the Lions Den in Downtown Perkins at 8 a.m. for Breakfast, before going out into the community in groups to pick up trash. We will conclude around 11:30/12:00, or as areas are finished up!
This is a great community service activity for students needing community service hours.
Groups will be given gloves, vests, and trash bags - all provided by ODOT - and will be sent out to pick up trash along the highways, and throughout the parks.
THE MORE VOLUNTEERS WE HAVE, THE MORE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH!
Help us Clean Up Perkins on March 28 by picking up trash!
"Oklahoma's Spring Cleaning Event - In 2011, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's Trash-Off became Oklahoma's signature event in the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, held annually from March 1 - May 31. Each spring, the ODOT Trash-Off brings together thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to making Oklahoma cleaner, greener and more beautiful."
Keith Reed, Horticulture Educator with Payne County Extension Service will present the program.
- Doggie Doo's Dog Grooming
- Oklahoma Blood Institute
The event, sponsored by the Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce, usually draws hundreds of treasure hunters to town. The Perkins Journal will print a garage sale map with locations of garage or yard sales in the April 01 issue. Listings on the garage sale map cost $10, which includes a classifieds page listing along with the map listing. Listings outside the city limits will also be included. The deadline is 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, for garage sale listings in the special pullout section.
To place your ad, call The Journal at (405) 547-2411
The Chamber is also planning a fall City-wide Garage Sale Day in September.
The Perkins Lions Club will host the 68th Annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Park! This is one of the oldest traditions of the Perkins Lions Club, and a favorite among community members. The Easter Bunny will be on hand! Please join them!
The event features an opportunity for town residents to drop off large items free of charge at special dumpsters. Larger items, which cannot fit into garage trucks, can be taken to the large dumpsters located at the City’s West Shop at 319 E. Industrial (Knipe St., and Industrial).
The large item dumpsters are available only to Perkins residents. In the past, many out-of-town residents used the opportunity to bring trash into town during the event. People who come to drop off items in the dumpsters will be required to prove their residency by showing their driver’s license or any utility bill showing an address.
OFFICIAL RULES - 2020
City Wide Clean-Up Day April 18, 2020
8:00 am-3:00 pm
The City of Perkins in conjunction with Republic Services is pleased to provide our citizens with this free service.
Following are the guidelines to help you get the most out of Clean-Up Day.
The following items will be picked up curbside:
Large piles of loose debris will not be picked up.
· Brush-no longer than 4’ in length and 2” in diameter, no more than 50 lbs
· Furniture that can be easily crushed
· Mattresses up to full size
· Miscellaneous household trash
The following items need to be taken to the dumpsters on Industrial Road:
· Large amounts of brush (The brush disposal area will be located behind Dickson Park ball fields)
· Metal or wood longer than 4’ in length or bigger than 2” in diameter
· Railroad ties
· Mattresses larger than full size
· Heavy furniture, including sofa beds
· Scrap metal
o Freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioning units must have Freon removed and be tagged prior to disposal.
Country Comfort will provide this service free of charge from April 8-April 12. (See details below)
We cannot accept:
· Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to:
o Batteries of any type o Petroleum products o Tires
City Staff will be monitoring the unloading and exchanging of dumpsters; however, residents will be responsible for the unloading of all items into the dumpsters.
Freezers, refrigerators, and air conditioning units will be accepted from April 8-April 12 at Country Comfort located at 122 E. Thomas.
FREE document shredding will be offered by Payne County Bank from 8:00 am-10:00 am.
If you have any questions, please call Perkins City Hall at (405) 547-2445.
The Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce will once again host their annual Fundraising Golf Tournament on Friday, May 1, 2020.
Join us at Cimarron Trails in Perkins for a great day of golf, food, and prizes. The proceeds from the annual golf tournament fund ALL of the Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce activities for the upcoming year. This is the ONLY fundraiser for the Chamber (aside from membership dues).
The Chamber funds a variety of activities, events, and agencies in our community including:
The Chamber is also the primary host of several long-standing community events that are part of the heart of our community:
We hope you can join us on Friday, May 01. We need teams to participate. And we have plenty of sponsorship opportunities for those that don't golf, as well! Watch your e-mails and the Facebook page for more information.
Superintendent of Schools for Perkins-Tryon Public Schools will present the program, our annual Back to School Report for the 2020-2021 school year.
- First Class Self Storage
- Sasser and Co. Antiques
*Online Registration is will be posted here when available:
The annual Pistol Pete 5K / 10 K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, September 05, 2020.
Start / Finish Line located at 1008 E. Kirk, Perkins Tryon Elementary School.
First 300 entrants receive a technical t-shirt
Sponsored by Perkins Flyers Fitness Group and Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce. Sanctioned by DG Road Racing ChampionChip Timing
Proceeds to benefit: United Way of Payne County and Perkins Lions Club.
Hope to see you the day of the race!
Lunch meeting for chamber members and guests. Cost is $10 (payable at the door or online). Lunch will be provided by D'Mario's Pizza of Perkins
The Athletic Director for Perkins-Tryon Public Schools, as well as Head Football Coach will present the program, our annual Back to School Sports Report for the 2020-2021 school year.
- CBEW Professional Group
- Silverhawk Social Media
The event, sponsored by the Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce, usually draws hundreds of treasure hunters to town. The Perkins Journal will print a garage sale map with locations of garage or yard sales in the September 16 issue. Listings on the garage sale map cost $10, which includes a classifieds page listing along with the map listing. Listings outside the city limits will also be included. The deadline is 1 p.m. Monday, September 14, for garage sale listings in the special pullout section.
Sales spots for outside residents that wish to set up in town will be available on a first come, first serve basis in the parking lot of the Vassar Community Center. This will be the only area allowed for this activity. Please refrain from parking in front of the Old Church Center or pavilions in the Park.
Old Setters Day (historically also know as Harvest Fest), is the Chamber's biggest event of the year! This annual tradition, now in its 97th Year (started in 1923) brings the whole community together for a full morning of fun! This year the event will be held on Saturday, September 26. Activities include:
The theme of this year's event is: TBD
Vendor Booth Applications, Parade Entry Forms, and Sponsorship Opportunities can all be acquired by contacting the Chamber Office at (405) 747-6809, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, September 26 in Downtown Perkins!
Lunch meeting for members and guests. Cost is $10 (payable at the door or online). Lunch will be provided by Hello! Catering of Perkins.
Ruth Cavins, Executive Director with United Way of Payne County will present the program.
- Stillwater Domestic Violence Shelter / WINGS of Hope
- John Talley - District 33 - OK House of Representatives
35th Annual Monster Mash
Sponsored by the Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2019
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: Perkins Elementary School Gym
The Monster Mash was stared by the Perkins Chamber of Commerce in 1986 as a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating for children on Halloween. This free event provides a safe, controlled environment for children through sixth grade. Sponsored by local businesses and organizations, there will be lots of candy, games, and event a costume contest with cash prizes.
Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Fundraising Dinner and Auction
Saturday, November 07, 2020
6:30pm - Dickerson Building at Oak Park Retreat Center
This is the only fundraising event for the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Park.
It’s the time of year to support the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins! The annual fundraising dinner and auction will be held in the Dickerson Building at Oak Park in Perkins on November 07, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is the only fund raising event for the Plaza. The funds are used to maintain the plaza throughout the year. Have you noticed the new paint on the Old Church Center and the IXL School building; the way the Plaza grounds are always clean and mowed; the large number of citizens who use the Old Church Center, Vassar Community Center, pavilions, playground and splash pad? All of that activity is because you have supported the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza with your donations and participation in the fundraising dinner and auction in the past. We are asking for your help again. Our goal is $30,000.
Many of the past attendees at the dinner and auction have requested that we hold the dinner at an air-conditioned site. The Perkins-Tryon Junior High Gym is not air-conditioned but has seated 252 people at 32 tables. The Oak Park Dickerson Building is an air-conditioned venue we are using again year and it can accommodate 200 people at 25 tables. We need your help to reach our goal of $30,000 to continue to maintain and develop the plaza and establish an endowment fund for the future. However, we have a limited number of tickets to sell this year because of the change of venue. Please request your tickets as soon as possible so you won’t be disappointed at not being able to get a ticket. You can help in a number of ways and we urge you to immediately return the form at the bottom of this page to help us with this year’s fundraising effort. Thank you!
Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Fundraising Dinner and Auction Committee: Judy Bartram, Lisa Bromley, Tiffani DeArmond, Bob Ernst, Eric Lovelace, Lisa Tanner, Judy Moorman, Virginia Sasser, and Darla Woody
The official letter will be sent out later in the year. Please check back for more information as the event approaches.
Old Fashioned Country Christmas is a long standing tradition in Perkins, Oklahoma. The event, held each year in the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza Park, features a number of activities for children and adults alike.
New to the park last year is the automated light show, designed and operated by Will Clay of Perkins and Ryan Brewer, Parks and Recreation Director with the City of Perkins. Mr. Clay plans to continue the light show this next year and beyond, adding to it and making it better with each passing year.
The event will take place Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 5-8 p.m.
Come see the awesome light display, along with a myriad of activities, listed below:
5-7 p.m. Chili Supper by FBC Mission Team - Vassar Community Center
5-7 p.m. Christmas Shoppe - South of the Old Church Center
5-8 p.m. Blood Drive - OBI Bloodmobile
5:30 p.m. P-T HS Band - Anderson Pavilion
5:55 p.m. Reading of the Christmas Story - Old Church Center
6-7 p.m. Live Nativity & Bethlehem Village - Vassar Barn
6-8 p.m. Hot chocolate by P-T Lady Demon Softball - Hospitality Center
6-7 p.m. Historic buildings open
6 p.m. Pre-K Singers - Old Church Center
6:30 p.m. Music Makers - Old Church Center
6:45 p.m. Santa arrives - In front of the Veterans Memorial
6:55 p.m. Pictures with Santa - IXL School House
7:15 p.m. Community Choir - Old Church Center
Children's Downtown Christmas Shoppe
This popular event, now in its 4th year, held each year at the Lions Den in downtown Perkins, is geared towards children that would like to come in and buy a little Christmas gift for their mothers and fathers, grandparents, siblings, teachers, etc. The idea is that, with the help of donations from the Chamber and the Perkins community, there will be small, reasonably priced gifts that a child could come in, pick out, purchase, have wrapped, and then give as a gift.
Children between the ages of 3 and 12 will be able to purchase a gift for $1 - $3 with the help of a volunteer. Gifts will be wrapped by volunteers for a surprise on Christmas morning.
All children are welcome while supplies last.
Saturday, December 12
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Downtown Perkins @ the Lions Den
The Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce would like to invite everyone to join us for our Christmas Noon Luncheon on Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. at the Vassar Community Center, located at 730 N. Plaza Dr. in Perkins, Oklahoma.
Lunch is $10.00, and will be provided by Hello! Catering
In lieu of a program, this meeting will feature:
(Due to the raffle, door prizes are no longer required for the meeting. If your business would like to bring door prizes to be raffled off, that would be nice, but is no longer required)
Please send in your RSVP's by Wednesday (December 16) at 12:00 p.m.
- Stroud National Bank
- Payne County Bank
730 N Main St Perkins, Oklahoma
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