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Young Muskogee mayor appears on game show

Muskogee_Residents of Muskogee will soon find out if their young mayor is smarter than a fifth grader.  Twenty-year-old Mayor John Hammons was a contestant on an episode of the quiz game show "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?'' that will air on Friday, Oct. 24.

Hammons was among the nation's youngest mayors ever when he was elected in may at age 19.  Contestants on the show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, must answer 10 questions culled from textbooks for students in first through fifth grades. Participants can use a handful of elementary school students to help them with their answers.

Hammons says appearing on the show was an opportunity to make his first-ever visit to California and provide some publicity for Muskogee, a town of about 38,000 residents.  Hammons also presented a key to the city to Foxworthy, along with a certificate proclaiming him an official "Okie from Muskogee.''

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