- 120 Roundabout Celebration planned for Lawton's Birthday!
120 Roundabout Celebration planned for Lawton's Birthday!
LAWTON – The culminating event of the 120 Roundabout in Celebration initiative – the Engage & Empower event, set to be hosted by the Women that VOTE Arts Corporation in coordination with the City of Lawton – has been canceled in the best interest of community health and welfare.
The difficult decision was reached by board members of the Women that VOTE Arts Corporation amid growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 health pandemic. A new contingency plan for citizens who hold punch cards has now been put into motion:
- Through 5 p.m. 8/20/21, punch cards may be dropped off at the Lawton Arts & Humanities Office during traditional business hours. Due to the change in plans, an extra punch will be received during drop off (to replace the punch that would've been received at the event at Shepler Park). Those with 12 punches will be eligible to enter a drawing to have a name engraved on a bench to be placed at Shepler Park in Downtown Lawton; those with at least 6 punches may enter a drawing to win a prize valued at $500. The Lawton Arts & Humanities Office is located on the west side of McMahon Memorial Auditorium (facing Lawton High School).
- The drawing will be held virtually on 8/22/21 at 5 p.m. A link to that stream will be provided to the community in days to come.
Questions may be relayed to 580.581.3470.
Citizens can review data, statistics and information concerning COVID-19, and learn how to receive a vaccine, at oklahoma.gov/covid19.html.
In a first-time collaboration, the City of Lawton has teamed with the Women that VOTE Arts Corporation to coordinate the "120 Roundabout," a community-wide celebration commemorating Lawton turning 120 years old!
This initiative incorporates a dozen celebration stations, where citizens can visit to get their 120 Roundabout Punch Card punched. Citizens visiting at least six of the 12 locations may be entered to win a prize valued at $500. Citizens visiting all 12 locations may be entered to have a name engraved into Lawton history forever on a bench to be placed at Shepler Park. To win in either category, a person must be present at the culminating event on Aug. 22.
120 ROUNDABOUT CELEBRATION STATIONS
Aug. 5 | 5:30 p.m. @City Hall | City of Lawton Birthday Celebration
Aug. 6 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. @Leslie Powell Art Gallery | Lawton History Night
Aug. 7 | 7 a.m. @LO Ranch Clubhouse | Rangers Breakfast
Aug. 7 | 8 a.m. @Cameron Stadium | Lawton Farmers Market
Aug. 7 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. @Museum of the Great Plains | Free Museum Admission
Aug. 7 | Noon - 4 p.m. @Mattie Beal Home | Free Home Admission
Aug. 7 | 1 - 4 p.m. @Lawton Constitution | Newspaper Tour
Aug. 7 | 1 - 4 p.m. @McMahon Memorial Auditorium | Interactive Art
Aug. 7 | 1 - 4 p.m. @Lawton Public Library | Heritage Arts & Crafts
Aug. 8 | 2 p.m. @McMahon Memorial Auditorium | Film Premiere, Discussion
Aug. 11 -14 | @LO Arena | Lawton Rangers Rodeo events
Culminating Event: Aug. 22 | 5 - 7 p.m. @Shepler Park | Engage & Empower Event
View or print a flyer by clicking here.
Participants may pick up punch cards at the City of Lawton Birthday Celebration on Aug. 5. After Aug. 5, participants may pick them up on weekdays at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce from 2 - 4 p.m. or at the Lawton Arts & Humanities Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Those visiting the Chamber of Commerce will receive goodie packets and may tour the facility, as well.
With the exception of any applicable admission fees for the rodeo, there is no costs associated with visiting any of the celebration stations. In lieu of having a card punched at the rodeo, individuals may simply present proof of attending at the Chamber of Commerce or at the culminating Engage & Empower event. All applicable, participating locations will have volunteers or staff on site and available for card punching.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the many treasures of our community, learn more about our history and heritage, and have some great fellowship," said Jason Poudrier, Lawton Arts & Humanities Administrator. "We're grateful for all of the partner agencies that have come together to make this milestone birthday celebration so memorable for the community."
CELEBRATION STATION DETAILS
- The City of Lawton Birthday Celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Banquet Room of City Hall, 212 SW Ninth Street. The event is hosted by Mayor Stan Booker and will include important recognitions, such as:
- "Lawton Award of Excellence" presentation, recognizing the contribution and the life of Officer C.H. Brazzell, who exemplified outstanding excellence in service to the community.
- Recognition of the Lawton Rangers for 83 years of service to the community.
- Recognition of Pioneer Women's Club of Lawton for 83 years of service to the community.
- Lawton History Night at the Leslie Powell Gallery, 620 SW D, will include multiple speakers, refreshments and the opportunity to view current art at the gallery.
- The $5 all-you-can-eat breakfast (FREE to military and veterans) served by the Lawton Rangers will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Lo Clubhouse, 2004 SE 60th, until food runs out.
- The Lawton Farmers Market, 2800 W. Gore Boulevard, provides a family friendly atmosphere and the largest selection of locally raised produce and meat in Southwest Oklahoma. The market opens at 8 a.m. and runs until noon on Aug. 7.
- The Museum of the Great Plains, 601 NW Ferris Avenue, allows visitors to explore the human history of the Great Plains and more with interactive exhibits, a riveting indoor theater and more. Free admission will be observed Aug. 7.
- The history of the Lawton Constitution, 102 SW Third Street, is nearly as old as the history of Lawton itself; the story and business of this media entity can be shared during full tours of the building from 1 - 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
- The historic Mattie Beal Home, 1008 SW Fifth Street, was the home of Mattie Beal, the second name drawn in the land lottery of 1901. This gorgeous home is on the National Register of Historic Places and run by the Lawton Heritage Association. Free admission will be offered noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
- The McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Avenue, is a Lawton treasure gifted to the City of Lawton in 1955 by Louise D. McMahon. The entertainment venue seats more than 1,400 and includes reception areas, as well. A come-and-go arts workshop will be put on near the front of the facility, while staff offers tours of the full facility from 1 - 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
- To celebrate Lawton history, Lawton Public Library will host a heritage bookmark crafts session. This come-and-go event is open for all ages and will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
- The Lawton Constitution will premiere "In the Shadow of the Wichitas," the first of a four-part docuseries at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 at McMahon Memorial Auditorium. The docuseries centers around Lawton heritage and history; the showing will be followed by a panel discussion.
- The Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo features more than 400 skilled cowboys and cowgirls. Check out pricing and the full event itinerary, Aug. 11-14 at Lo Arena, 2102 SE 60th, at lawtonrangers.com/rodeo/.
- The Engage & Empower Event, hosted by the Women that VOTE Arts Corporation, will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Shepler Park, Fourth Street and Gore Boulevard. The event will feature informational booths, voter registration tables, local candidates running for office, speakers, refreshments and the Matriarch Bench Dedication. Those submitting punch cards must be present to win a prize valued at $500 or an opportunity to have a name engraved on a Shepler Park bench and should submit their cards by 5:30 p.m.