On The Bricks

September 7, 2022

          The Guymon Fiesta committee is working hard to get ready for the Sun., Sept. 18 event. This has been taking place since 1997. To be able to celebrate a part of our Panhandle heritage is fun and … delicious. Yes, the food vendors are the most popular part of Fiesta. Whether it’s a food truck or a church group, the dishes are exceptional. And the choices are great.

          This area has long had a Hispanic influence, from the Spanish explorer Coronado, to being a part of Mexico territory, to today with a population that includes Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, people from all the countries of South America … we have a great reason to celebrate this part of our heritage.

          And a fiesta is colorful, musical, and fun. This all makes it a good time to come down to the Guymon Fiesta on the 18th … for the food and to see the Alma Folklorica Dancers who have been a part of the Fiesta for many years. It is always fun to see what regions are represented by folk dances this year. And what students are a part of this wonderful Guymon tradition.

          The Fiesta is always in September, a time when schools are getting settled and sports teams are finding their starters. Parents and grandparents are traveling to cross country meets, football, and volleyball games. It’s a good time to be yelling for your favorite teams and enjoying the visit with who you’re sitting next to at the game.

          Farmers Market is at its height now. The fresh produce is in full production. And we have the Pickle Contest at Guymon’s Farmers Market on Sept. 10. Then the Dog Parade is Sept. 17 (oh, this is fun … come and watch) followed by the Salsa Contest on Sept. 24 and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest also on Sept. 24. The businesses that bring these to the Market are Helm’s Garden Shop, State Farm Insurance, PTCI, and BOP. Then the first Saturday in October is the Art Contest, brought to the market by TCEC. Great times!

          Saturday the 17th of September is a full day that starts with the Farmers Market at 8 am, the Dog Parade at the Market at 10 am, also a Community Clean-Up from 10 am to noon (want to help?), and then Wirtz Lumber from 11 – 2 pm, and an OPSU football game at 6 pm. There is probably much more happening, so enjoy the fall weather and be a part of something fun and good that day!

          Wirtz Lumber’s 55 – years in business celebration is on Sept. 17, including prize giveaways, hamburgers, and bouncy house from 11 am to 2 pm.

          Be sure to mark Sept. 23 as the Bank of the Panhandle Craft for a Cause at Urban Bru Kitchen, 118 NW 6th Street, starting at 6:30 pm. The craft evening will benefit the OPSU Images Club. You must be 21 years or older to be a part of this evening.

          And I hear the Guymon Community Theatre has a production coming up October 6!

          Take part. Somebody would love to see you there!

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See you on the bricks, soon! Stay safe.