Barnsdall prepares for Memorial Day weekend festivities

Misty Farber

Week of May 19-25

The Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting May 11, with the discussion centered around the annual Bigheart Day activities. The chamber reported the annual Bigheart Day T-shirts are available for purchase at Kelley Insurance. The T-shirts will also be available for sale on Bigheart Day.

The chamber has secured four T.N. Barnsdall descendants to be in the parade. The chamber also announced that James BigHeart's great-great-great-granddaughter, Patricia Bright, is planning a reunion for next year's 2022 celebration of Bigheart Day.  

Congratulations to Jason and Brenda Byers, who will be this year's Bigheart Day Parade marshals. This announcement was made at the chamber meeting after a unanimous vote. 

The chamber reported the historic signs had been completed and would be installed at specific locations around town soon. 

Next month's chamber meeting will be June 8, and Sen. Bill Coleman is scheduled to attend to give an update on the 2021 state legislative session. 

Barnsdall Citizens Inc.(BCI) will be hosting a 50 Plus Dinner and Bingo on Thursday, May. 20. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Barnsdall Community Center. 

This marks the third week of the month, and the Barnsdall food pantries will be distributing food to anyone in need. The Lighthouse Family Worship Center (LFWC) will be having a mobile pantry from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May. 19. The Free Will Baptist Shirley Cook Memorial Food Bank will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May. 22.

The 68th annual Bigheart Day weekend has many events scheduled, beginning with the Alumni Basketball Games on Friday, May 28. The games will start with the women's at 6:30 p.m. and the men's game will follow at 7:30 p.m. 

The Bigheart Day events will continue on Saturday, May 29. The kids fishing tournament will kick off at 7 a.m., followed by a list of events every hour throughout the day to keep everyone entertained.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. All events will be centrally located around the Community Center and Osage Park. Various vendors will be lined up on Main Street, with games and music available. Musicians will perform on the Community Center stage, and the grand finale fireworks display will be at the football field at 9:20 p.m.

American Legion Post 227 will host a Memorial Day Service at the Ethel Reece Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 31.

Please visit the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for a detailed event schedule, contacts, and lodging information.

May 19

Mobile Food Pantry at LFWC, 11a.m. to noon

May 20

BCI 50 Plus Dinner & Bingo, 5:30 p.m.

May 22

Shirley Cook Memorial Food Bank, 10 a.m. to noon