The Pryor Times


November 21, 2013

Christmas celebration comes to Pryor

PRYOR, OK — Combine chili, cars and cash and you get Christmas on Pryor's Main Street.

“Main Street is sponsoring it's first annual chili cook off and car show Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m,” said Main Street Program Director, BJ Cummings.

City council member and Main Street Coordinator Travis Noland is excited about the event.

“This is the Main Street Program’s inaugural event, our first major event. We’re excited to bring a chili cook off and car show to Pryor and excited to bring focus to our downtown,” said Noland, who said this is perfect chili weather.

There will be two categories for the chili cook off, professional and amateur, which is headed up by JC and Debbie Smith from Ohh LaLa Boutique.

“If you think you make the best chili in Pryor, or know someone that thinks theirs is the best, this is the perfect opportunity to show off. It could even earn you some local bragging rights,” said Noland.

“There will be a car show downtown that day as well. Christina Shipman is heading that up,” said Cummings. “I've heard in the past car show participants wanted to participate in chili cook offs and couldn't, well that's not the case with us, you can do both.”

Cummings said in support of downtown merchants the event will also include a digital scavenger hunt.

“People don't know what our merchants have to offer downtown. Did you know you can get a wedding dress for your dog on Pryor's Main Street?” said Cummings in explanation of the events digital scavenger hunt.

Participants in the scavenger hunt will receive a list of riddles and a list of participating stores.

“They will then figure out the item is, go to the store that has it and take a picture of the item,” Cummings explained. “Then someone at the Main Street Office will go through the pictures and the winner will receive $100 in Pryor Cash.”

There's something for everyone at this event, including a Men's Foot Poker Run.

Grand prize for the men's event is a camouflage rocker/recliner valued at $689.

“Last but not least we have something special for the kids, a human snow globe. Kids can visit Santa in the snow globe and have their picture taken there for a small fee,” said Cummings.

Cummings said she is proud that family is a strong priority in Pryor and wanted to make sure this event was geared to the whole family.

Cummings is still looking for both vendors and volunteers for the event.

Noland said the merchants are excited to host the event and understand the importance of increasing foot traffic in their stores.

“As this is our first event I have no expectations but to have fun and to bring the community together for something they can enjoy,” said Noland.

He said the program’s promotion committee has done an outstanding job coming up with the event.

“Those are just the tools, what I’m most excited about is getting the community together downtown,” said Noland. “Some come on out, it will be a lot of fun. It’s exciting, good food, live music, Christmas decorations, games and fun for the whole family.”

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