Kaw Lake marks the spot for Wheeler Dealer group

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Wheeler Dealer camping club members toured the Phillips Museum last year and this year toured the Ponca City Conoco Museum during the March campout. Pictured from left are Ponca Citians Jimmy Lee and Helen and Roger Blake; Bartlesville members Pat and Joe Brown and campout host Kathy Tippin.

Kaw Lake’s McFadden Cove was the site for the first campout of the year for the Wheeler Dealer Camping Club. The group included eight rigs camping the second weekend in March. Hosted by Jon and Kathy Tippin, the group toured area attractions, ate, attended the Camp McFadden Wild Beast Feast…and ate some more.

Most of the campers from the Ponca City and Bartlesville areas arrived Thursday to take advantage of the activities planned by the Tippins. Friday the group toured the Conoco Museum in the morning followed by lunch at Happy Day’s Café and a tour in the afternoon of Marland’s Grand Home.

That evening the group was joined for dinner at “the best little steak house in Oklahoma…the Rusty Barrell,” by a few other Ponca City and Pawnee members who weren’t camping that weekend. Celebrating their anniversary at the dinner were members Jimmy and Karen Lee.

Saturday morning the group was treated to a deluxe tour of the Marland Estate. Executive Director David Keathly personally gave the tour telling many interesting details, some of which were new even to the Ponca City members attending. The group not only toured the mansion, but took the secret tunnel to the Boat House followed by tours of the Artist’s Studio and Lydie’s Cottage.

The weekend was capped off at the Camp McFadden Wild Beast Feast. An annual event for supporters of the camp on the west shore of Kaw Lake, the Wheeler Dealer members joined others feasting on fried fish and chicken, venison, duck, Wisconsin cheese and various sides prepared by the Heartland of the Prairie Dutch oven group.

This was followed by a live auction of custom made wood bowls and cheese trays, quilts, afghans, homemade pies and cookies, and other items donated by Camp McFadden supporters and auctioned off by auctioneer and Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson.

Sunday morning the group gathered at the McFadden Cove campground for a final pot luck breakfast and discussion of other upcoming campouts. The next campout will be in April at Skiatook Lake.

Other campouts scheduled for 2018 include Grand Lake, Carthage, Mo. and Hutchinson, Kan.

Wheeler Dealer monthly campouts are held weekends from March to November with only lunch or breakfast gathering in August and February and a special Christmas Party in December. Members can make their own reservations at many of the corps lakes through recreation.gov, the corps of engineers reservation service.

Current members are from Bartlesville, Pawnee and Ponca City. However, anyone from northern Oklahoma or southern Kansas is invited to join.

Persons interested in joining or knowing more should contact Cecil, president, at 580-767-0170 in Ponca City or Joe, secretary, at 918-977-0805 in Bartlesville.