Founder’s Day

May 13, 2017

Another exciting Founder’s Day celebration has come and gone. Some photos by Marea Breedlove are available below:

Founder’s Day Photos

Winners of the different contests of the day will be posted here as the information becomes available! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our town!


Sister Sweets Donut-Eating Contest

Haley Goodman
Austin Hinshaw
Bryce Hinshaw.

Sister Sweets Hay Scramble

Everyone was a winner!

LG Animal Clinic Dog Show

Best in Show:  Murphy Holman

Best Costume: Rudy Morrow

Little Smokies

1st, Sunshine Thompson
2nd, Olaff Crisp
3rd, Lula Elliott

Hot Hounds

1st, Gunner Rowland
2nd place, Rubble Crisp
3rd place, Zeus Rowbotham

Big Barkers

1st, Murphy Holman
2nd, Benson Beshears
3rd, Heidi Wagnon.

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry/Rummage Store Chalk Art Contest

3-6 Year-Olds

1st, Adeline Yates
2nd, Kyerah Eglian
3rd, Eleanor Yates

7-11 Year-Olds

1st, Bella Williams
2nd Zayne Yoder
3rd, Lali Kingfisher
4th, Max Burger
5th Kylee Tugmon
6th, Hannah Coffelt

12-17 Year-Olds

1st, Mackenzie Newton
2nd, Brianna Larson
3rd, Emma Scott

18-Year-Old and Up

1st, Sarah Spurrier
2nd John Mouse
3rd, Terry/Christian Thompson


Best Marching Unit: LGHS Marching Band

Best Vehicle:  Jerry Ingram’s ’62 Chevy Impala convertible

Most Creative: LG 8th Grade & HS Robotics Club

Equestrian: Mules & Surrey, Duane Blackford & Ray Goertz

Best in Show: LG Head Start

Turtle Race, sponsored by LG Family Physicians

Age 0-2

1st, Sidney Collins
2nd, Wyatt Tugmon
3rd, Cale Pendergraft

Age 3-5

1st, Seaton Neel
2nd, Mazzy Walker
3rd, Elenor Gate

Age 6-8

1st, Carson Morehead
2nd, Payton Welch
3rd, Ryan Tugmon

Age 8 and up

1st, Hope Anderson
2nd, Kayson Brown
3rd, Isiah/Jonathan Thompson

Horseshoe Tournament (Chamber-Sponsored)

Josiah Henry–Winner

Locust Grove Arts Alliance Raffle

Jerry Broyles–Winner of a custom-made cutting board by Jerry Yates

THANK You, Vendors for participating*

Madd Hatter
Bo Collette
First Baptist Church
Jubilee Ministries
Friends of the Locust Grove Public Library
Bows by Arial
Julie Spradlin
Diamondhead Winery
Jean Russell, LipSense
Markham Ferry Apostolic Church
Laura Wilcoxen, Avon
Jennifer Downing
Hysteria Artistry
Jacinda Ramsey
Cedar Grove Church
Janees Taylor
Ballou Baptist Church
Sisters of the Lord
Michelle Scarborough
Buffington Crafts
Cycle One
Pap’s Snacks
Tiger Sprint Sales
WW1 Missing & Lost
CARD Headstart
Fran Purses
Rick Skinner
Mayes County HOPE Coalition
Amber Flatt Creations
Caren Plumlee
Flor’s Memorial Day Flowers
Bows & Berries
Sydney Grass
Okie Ozark Winery
Locust Grove Robotics Club
Lighthouse Assembly of God
Locust Grove 4H
Locust Grove Community Center
Western Bling
Mayes County Sheriff’s Office

*Please email the webmaster if we have mistakenly left off your vendor name and we will add it to the list. (


The Chamber would especially like to thank the following for their help with the day’s festivities:

Bank of Locust Grove for sponsoring the band stage

Ted’s Bees for sponsoring the band stage

Northeast Rural Electric Cooperative for a donation to the Chamber

Harp’s for a donation to the Chamber’s hamburger stand

Wal-Mart for a donation to the Chamber’s hamburger stand

Salina-Spavinaw Telephone Company for a donation to the Chamber

Toni & Jason Turner for putting up the flags on Main Street




Founder’s Day Schedule:

Dawn to Dusk

Founder’s Day Main Street Vendors: A host of vendors with all kinds of wares will line Main Street for your viewing and buying pleasure. Shop local!

7:00 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast: The Masonic Lodge will do its annual pancake breakfast.


Outlaw Cruisers Car Show: The 17th annual car show with prizes and swap meet at the LG sports arena

8:30 a.m.

Dog Show. The dog show at the LG Animal Clinic will have 3 classes with 3 prizes given in each class, plus a Best-Dressed prize for dogs in costume. Matt Franks, FUMC pastor, will do a blessing of the animals before the show.

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Locust Grove Public Library Children’s Book Sale. Hardback are $1.00 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Every dollar spent puts your name into the drawing for a Kindle Fire Tablet.

9:15 a.m.

Church Sing-Off. The first annual church sing off is happening this year. Each church will sing one song. Contact a member of the entertainment committee (see names below) for details. Lance Rogers will announce the churches.


LGAA Art Show: The Locust Grove Arts Alliance annual art show and silent auction at the VFW Hall. Sign up by April 21st to have a table. More contact information is at the link.


Chalk Art Contest: ROMP Rummage Store will sponsor a chalk art contest in front of the store at 110 E. Main. Everyone eligible to enter. Winners receive a medal.

10:00 a.m.

Donut-Eating Contest: Get your donuts on at Sister Sweets for this contest.

10:30 a.m.

Hay Scramble: Stay at Sister Sweets for the hay scramble!

11:00 a.m.

HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT:  Our 1st Founder’s Day horseshoe tournament will award a trophy and cash prize to the winner. Click on the link for a registration form–due May 7. For more information, contact Adele Collette (contact info. below).

11:30 a.m.

Turtle Race:  Get your turtle ready for the race at the LG Physicians building. Do not decorate or paint your turtle in any way!

Locust Grove Family Physicians is sponsoring the Founder’s Day Turtle Race again this year. Racing starts at 11:30 AM LGFP clinic. Registration will start around 11 AM so arrive in time to get signed up! Age groups are 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9 and above. We have trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group. Please don’t bring water or snapping turtles.


Washer Toss: How far can you toss a washer? Find out at the lumber yard.

Noon-3:00: On the Band stage on Broadway

RAGLAND: Local Americana/Alternative rock band will play on the Broadway Street stage!

THREE-LEGGED DOG: Rock band playing on Broadway!

12:30 p.m.

FIREWALK: Fishinghawk World Championship Karate Studio: Once again David and the crew demonstrate fire-walking and brick/board breaking in the lot just east of the karate studio.

1:45 p.m.

Wilma Cowan Building Dedication: The new joint office building of the Chamber of Commerce and the Locust Grove Arts Alliance was a donation from Justin and Linda Cowan in honor of Justin’s mother Wilma. We will have a brief dedication of the building to honor the Cowans at the location, 114 E. Main.

Founder’s Day Logo Award Presentation: The LGHS students, Audra Cunningham and Sierra Murphy, who designed the Founder’s Day logo will receive special recognition and a cash prize right after the building dedication.

3:00 p.m.

Founder’s Day Parade: We are switching up the parade this year. It will begin at the sale barn and then proceed west down Main Street! KVOO’s Sunny Leigh is the parade marshal. Parade announcer will be John Blackwell.

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Broadway Street Stage: Bands will be playing into the night.


We could use your help. Please get in touch with any of the committee members below to see how you can help!

Founder’s Day Committee

Jerry Yates, 918-586-2636,

Adele Collette, 918-530-8132,

Games/Coordination of Other Activities:
Marsha Evans, 918-440-6617,

Sandy Burford, 918-373-4247
Adele Collette, 918-530-8132
Donna Davison, 918-373-5977

Information Center:
Theresa Mennecke, 918-479-5233,

Trash & Sanitation:
Roxann Yates, 918-530-5321,

Shaun Perkins,  918-864-9152,

The Founder’s Day logo at the top of the page was made in 2017 by Audra Cunningham and Sierra Murphy from Dianna Stokes’ LGHS business class. The runner-up logo was designed by Makayla Fleming and Hope Ables and appears below.

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1st: Audra Cunningham and Sierra Murphy
2nd: Makayla Fleming & Hope Ables