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Annual Labor Day Festival kicks off

August 30, 2012

Labor day weekend is upon us and for residents of Pushmataha County we all know what that means, other then a day off work on Monday; it means The Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow kicked-off on Thursday, August 30,2012, with the Choctaw Nation Princess Pageant in the amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. The Choctaw Village will also be filled with cultural activities.

The festival will continue through out the weekend at the Choctaw Nation Capitol Grounds in Tuskahoma and will end on Monday, September 3rd, with the Labor Day Official Ceremonies which include the posting of the flag, The Lord's Prayer in sign language, the introduction of Tribal Council and Judges and the State of the Nation address given by Chief Gregory Pyle.

On Friday, the festivities will start with the opening of the Arts & Crafts exhibits at 10:00 a.m. At noon the Going Lean Expo and Photo ID booth will open and at 2:00 p.m. Gourd Dancing will take place on the Capitol lawn. There will be a sculpture unveiling at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Capitol, the fast pitch tournament at Red Warrior Park will begin at 7:00 p.m., along with the Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Grand Entry on the Capitol Lawn.

Also starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st, will be the concerts in the amphitheater. Friday's lineup will include Josh Turner taking the stage at 7:00 p.m., followed by Sara Evans at 9:00 p.m.

Though out the festival you can take advantage of all the scheduled events along with the FREE Carnival rides that are courtesy of Chief Pyle and the Tribal Council. Specialty Acts, including Magician Russell Turner, Robinson's Racing Pigs, Superplay, Rock Climbing, Mechanical Bull, Pony Rides and Inca Flute Players will take place through out as well.

Saturday promises to be a fun-filled day with a 5k race on Hwy 271 starting at 8:00 a.m. with registration taking place between 6:30 -7:45 a.m. The Fast Pitch tournament will start again, registration for the Horseshoe tournament and for the 3 on 3 Choctaw War Hoops tournament will both begin at 8:00 a.m. as well. The Horseshoe tournament, Volleyball tournament, 3 on 3 Basketball tournament and the Quilt show will all kick off at 9:00 a.m. Starting at 2:00 p.m., Terrapin races will take place at the playground, at 4:00 p.m. the Free-Throw contest at the basketball courts will begin and registration for the Tough, Tough Choctaw competition will open. At 5 p.m. the 3-Point contest will take place at the basketball courts and the Tough, Tough Choctaw competition will begin on the Council Chambers lawn.

The next event to kickoff on Saturday, September 1st, will be the concerts in the amphitheater. Taking the stage first on Saturday, at 7:00 p.m., will be Ricky Skaggs; Martina McBride will be displaying her powerful vocals at 9:00 p.m.

On Sunday, September 2nd, prayer and worship at the War Memorial will be from 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. The fast pitch tournament will continue at 8:00 a.m. A golf tournament will tee-off at the Sycamore Springs Golf Course in Wilburton at 8:30 a.m. And from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. the Youth Advisory Board will offer Crafts for the youth at the playground. A worship service in the tent behind the amphitheater will begin at 10:00 a.m. for all those interested in attending.

Starting at 12-noon there will be gospel singing in the amphitheater, Domino and Checkers tournament registration in the cafeteria and the Photo ID booth will open. At 1:00 p.m. the domino and checkers tournaments will begin.

Concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the amphitheater with the first performance being Choctaw Hymns. At 7:00 p.m. The Kingsmen will take the stage followed by Britt Nicole at 8:00 p.m. and Newsboys at 9:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Village will also have lots of exciting events taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday (starting at 10:00 p.m. and changing every half hour) will be Choctaw Dancing, Stickball skills, Banaha making and Storytelling. Children's Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and include Stickball at 1 p.m., Language at 1:30 p.m., Arts and Crafts at 1:45 p.m. and Choctaw Dancing at 2:15 p.m. On Sunday, Flint Napping will start at 1:00 p.m., at 1:15 p.m. Silver Smithing, at 1:30 p.m. Primitive Weapons and at 1:45 p.m. Storytelling. Children's activities will begin at 2:00 p.m. and consist of the Corn Game.
nnual Labor Day Festival kicks off
By Tracy Steffenson

Labor day weekend is upon us and for residents of Pushmataha County we all know what that means, other then a day off work on Monday; it means The Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow kicks-off today, Thursday,August 30,2012, with the Choctaw Nation Princess Pageant in the amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. It also means that four more fun-filled days will follow! The capitol grounds are transformed with events geared for all ages and all interests. The Choctaw Village will also be filled with cultural activities.

The festival takes place all weekend at the Choctaw Nation Capitol Grounds in Tuskahoma and will end on Monday, September 3rd, with the Labor Day Official Ceremonies which include the posting of the flag, The Lord’s Prayer in sign language, the introduction of Tribal Council and Judges and the State of the Nation address given by Chief Gregory Pyle.

On Friday, the festivities will start with the opening of the Arts & Crafts exhibits at 10:00 a.m. At noon the Going Lean Expo and Photo ID booth will open and at 2:00 p.m. Gourd Dancing will take place on the Capitol lawn. There will be a sculpture unveiling at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Capitol, the fast pitch tournament at Red Warrior park will begin at 7:00 p.m., along with the Intertribal Pow Wow Grand Entry on the Capitol Lawn.

Also starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31st, will be the concerts in the amphitheater. Friday’s lineup will include Josh Turner taking the stage at 7:00 p.m., followed by Sara Evans at 9:00 p.m.

Though out the festival you can take advantage of all the scheduled events along with the FREE Carnival rides that are courtesy of Chief Pyle and the Tribal Council. Specialty Acts, including Magician Russell Turner, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Superplay, Rock Climbing, Mechanical Bull, Pony Rides and Inca Flute Players will take place through out as well.

Saturday promises to be a fun-filled day with a 5k race on Hwy 271 starting at 8:00 a.m. with registration taking place between 6:30 -7:45 a.m. The Fast Pitch tournament will start again, registration for the Horseshoe tournament and for the 3 on 3 Choctaw War Hoops tournament will both begin at 8:00 a.m. as well. The Horseshoe tournament, Volleyball tournament, 3 on 3 Basketball tournament and the Quilt show will all kickoff at 9:00 a.m. Starting at 2:00 p.m., Terrapin races will take place at the playground, at 4:00 p.m. the Free-Throw contest at the basketball courts will begin and registration for the Tough, Tough Choctaw competition will open. At 5 p.m. the 3-Point contest will take place at the basketball courts and the Tough, Tough Choctaw competition will begin on the Council Chambers lawn.

The next event to kickoff on Saturday, September 1st, will be the concerts in the amphitheater. Taking the stage first on Saturday, at 7:00 p.m., will be Ricky Skaggs; Martina McBride will be displaying her powerful vocals at 9:00 p.m.

On Sunday, September 2nd, prayer and worship at the War Memorial will be from 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. The fast pitch tournament will continue at 8:00 a.m. A golf tournament will tee-off at the Sycamore Springs Golf Course in Wilburton at 8:30 a.m. And from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. the Youth Advisory Board will offer Crafts for the youth at the playground. A worship service in the tent behind the amphitheater will begin at 10:00 a.m. for all those interested in attending.

Starting at 12-noon there will be gospel singing in the amphitheater, Domino and Checkers tournament registration in the cafeteria and the Photo ID booth will open. At 1:00 p.m. the domino and checkers tournaments will begin.

Concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the amphitheater with the first performance being Choctaw Hymns. At 7:00 p.m. The Kingsman will take the stage followed by Britt Nicole at 8:00 p.m. and Newsboys at 9:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Village will also have lots of exciting events taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday (starting at 10:00 p.m. and changing every half hour) will be Choctaw Dancing, Stickball skills, Banaha making and Storytelling. Children’s Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and include Stickball at 1 p.m., Language at 1:30 p.m., Arts and Crafts at 1:45 p.m. and Choctaw Dancing at 2:15 p.m. On Sunday, Flint Napping will start at 1:00 p.m., at 1:15 p.m. Silver Smithing, at 1:30 p.m. Primitive Weapons and at 1:45 p.m. Storytelling. Children’s activities will begin at 2:00 p.m. and consist of the Corn Game.

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