First Annual Mayor's Blues Ball-Medicine Park

Music, Art, Food and Fun will fill Medicine Park this Labor Day weekend with the first annual Mayor's Blues Ball. This all day event will take place on Saturday, September 1st from Noon to Midnight. Mayor Dwight Cope and the Medicine Park Economic Development Authority have organized the First Annual Mayor's Blues Ball to help raise funds to repair the flood damage. Flooding this year in historic Medicine Park, Oklahoma caused an enormous amount of damage to its scenic walking trails (including lighting).

Music stages will be set up at the Park Tavern and near Bath Lake. The featured headliner will be nationally known, blues group Chant with other popular bands from the Texhoma area. Lawton Radio Z94 (94.1 FM) is scheduled to do a live remote broadcast from the Blues Ball. Look for Elaine Lovett's write up on the music for more details.

A diverse showing of art works by local artists will be held on the porch of the Old Plantation from Noon to 5:00. Check Elaine Lovett's entry for more details on the art show.

Among the food and beverage vendors will be "The Coffee House" (voted best food at the Lawton Arts For All this year) and the Winery of the Wichitas. Our Mayor, Dwight Cope, will be making his outstanding pulled pork bar-b-que at the fire station.

For alternate art experience head up to the Winery of the Wichitas for an art opening featuring the photography of Clark Smith from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Along with great art the winery serves up a fabulous selection of Hors D'oeuvres at their art openings. After taking in the art, kick back on the deck with a glass of wine and listen to the music of The Usual Suspects.

As you wander around town keep a lookout for the Medicine Park Marauders, our Old West re-enactors. Events like this always draws the notorious Seth Wright Gang to town, resulting in an unavoidable confrontation with the Territorial Marshall and Town Sheriff. For some strange reason these two adversaries tend to cross each other's path around 2:00 PM. You can enjoy the gunfight without ducking for cover as it is all in fun and just blanks.

This is a family event and all are welcome. There will be no entrance fee and all the music venues are free, however donations will be greatly appreciated. All proceeds will go the repair and restoration of the flood damage along Medicine Park's scenic walking trails.

For more information, or if you would like to help sponsor the event, please contact Dwight Cope at: 580-574-9528 or Marty Hazelwood at 580-583-2323.