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Friday, August 4, 2017

Great Plains Country Annual Meeting

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Lawton's tourism industry was well represented at the Great Plains Country Annual Meeting last week. The CVB Director, Taylor Burgess started off the meeting by welcoming the group to Lawton. Many members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Council were in attendance, along with the CVB Manager. The guest speaker was John Hernandez, the Executive Director of the Museum of the Great Plains. Mr. Hernandez spoke on the impact the community has on the museum.

The annual meeting took place at the White Buffalo. Tourism leaders from all over Southwest Oklahoma came to hear the review of Great Plains Country's 2016-2017 year. One of the highlights from the year was GPC receiving a Redbud Award for Best Brochure or Publication with 11 pages or more. Lawton Fort Sill CVB is proudly represented in this brochure. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lawton Rangers Rodeo

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The club utilized the old county fairgrounds located just north of the Fairmont Creamery building at the time. In 1944 the county sold the fairground property and the Buckaroo Club disbanded. In 1958 the club purchased 40 acres where the current LO ranch is located. A new arena was constructed and the first Rodeo was held in the late 1960's. Over the years this arena has come to hold 9000 spectators.

In 2007 the Lawton Rangers received the prestigious honor of becoming the Centennial Riding Club of the state of Oklahoma. The rangers rode in parades all over the state promoting Rodeo.

Besides the rodeo, the Lawton Rangers are involved in numerous charities and civic events, such as the Lawton Rangers scholarship program, the Saddle &Sirloin Club, and Comanche Country Spring Livestock Show. The Lawton Rangers have been a part of Lawton's birthday celebration since the beginning of the club. 

To learn more about the Lawton Rangers and their upcoming activities visit their website. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tourism Professionals in Lawton

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Tourism Ambassadors from 14 counties in Southwest Oklahoma will be in Lawton on August 3rd for the 2017 Great Plains Country Annual Meeting. The annual meeting will take place at 3 pm at the White Buffalo located in Central Mall. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. You will hear all about what Great Plains Country has accomplished this past year, learn more about tourism in Oklahoma as well as a chance to network with our tourism partners. 

3 of our volunteers serve on the GPC Annual Meeting committee including Tanna Vu of Hilton Garden Inn, Christi Chambers of OBI and Taylor Burgess with the Lawton Fort Sill CVB. 

Great Plains Country Association is a full-time marketing group which promotes member attractions, events, and destinations through cooperative marketing programs. Great Plains Country works to develop, coordinate and implement tourism marketing campaigns for industry partners within the Southwest Oklahoma region. The Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitor Bureau is a proud member of Great Plains Country.

Upcoming CVB Events

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August and September Events

Over the next two months expect to see an influx of visitors in Lawton. The Convention and Visitor Bureau will be sponsoring 4 major events in our community. These 4 events will bring thousands of visitors and numerous room nights to Lawton.    

 

Lawton Ranger’s Rodeo

August 9-12, 2017 will be the annual Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo at LO Ranch. For advanced tickets visit http://www.lawtonrangers.com/. Last year they estimated around 31,000 attendees over the 4-night event.

 

Oklahoma Museums Association Fall Conference

Lawton was chosen to be the host city for the OK Museums Association Fall Conference which will take place September 20-22,2017. They are anticipating to have 500 people attend this conference. The conference will take place at Hilton Garden Inn and is hosted by The Museum of the Great Plains and the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Southern Territory Men’s D Nationals

At the 2015 ASA National Conference Lawton was awarded the Men’s Class D Southern Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. This tournament will take place August 31-September 3, 2017. Registration is currently underway and they are estimating 15-20 teams. For more Information visit http://www.teamsideline.com/lawton

 

Multi-Gun Championship

September 16, 2017, will be the Multi-Gun Championship held at Fort Sill. This is their inaugural event, a 3-Gun style competition that they hope will build and become a long running, greatly respected event in the world of Multi-Gun Competition, attracting shooters of all levels to Historic Fort Sill, Oklahoma. They are anticipating 250 shooters to participate.

https://sill.armymwr.com/programs/multi-gun

 

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Museum of the Great Plains

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The vast area of interior North America that stretches from Mexico to Canada, and from the Mississippi to the Rockies is known as the “Great Plains.” The Museum focuses on the past, present, and future of this area in their exhibits.

The Museum of the Great Plains is one of five members of the Oklahoma Museum Network (OMN). Every six months members of the OMN rotate exhibits, meaning each facility gets a different exhibit. Currently, through August, the Museum of the Great Plains is hosting “Tape & Tunnels.”

Lawton Ranger's Rodeo

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On August 9-12, 2017 The Lawton Ranger’s will be holding their 79th annual PRCA Rodeo. The Rodeo will start each night at 7:30. The main events for each night is listed below:

Event 1: Grand Entry & Introductions

Event 2: Fort Sill’s Field Artillery Half Section

Event 3: Bareback Riding

Event 4: Introduction of the queens

Event 5: Steer Wrestling

Event 6: Saddle Bronc Riding

Event 7: Specialty Act

Event 8: Tie Down Roping

Event 9: Calf Scrample (Ages 12 and under)

Event 10: Team Roping

Event 11: Specialty Act

Event 12: Barrel Racing

Event 13: Bull Riding

 

Advance Tickets are available online. Visit https://www.ezticketlive.com/checkout/tickets.aspx?id=281

Wednesday is $5.00 a car load.  As many as you can safely ride in your car/truck.

Thursday and Friday Night at the gate $15.00

Saturday Night at the gate $20.00

Children Tickets at the gate Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Children 5 and under:  FREE

Children 6 to 12: $7.00

 

One of the final activities of the week celebrating Lawton’s 116th birthday and rodeo week will be the Birthday and Rodeo Parade in downtown Lawton. The Parade will start at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday August 12, the last day of the Lawton Ranger’s rodeo. To download an application for the parade go to http://www.lawtonrangers.com/lawton-birthday-rodeo-parade/.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Grand National Horseman Association's Playday Finals

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On July  25- 29, 2017 The Great Plains Coliseum will host the Grand National Horseman Association's Playday Finals. This is a family-friendly event that brings over 300 people to our community and 100 horses. This year’s schedule of events includes barrel racing, potato racing, bowtie racing and more. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is a proud sponsor of this event. Many of our communities local businesses contribute discounts for the participants to use throughout their stay in Lawton.

For more information visit their Facebook page 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Western Swing Music Society of The Southwest

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The halls of the Great Plains Coliseum will be filled with Western Swing music July 13-15, 2017.

Do you have a passion for sports?

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Do you have a passion for sports? Do you want to better our community? If the answer is yes, the CVB’s Sports Promotion Committee is the place for you. The committee will meet on July 12, 2017 at 1:30 in the First National Bank and Trust Board Room at the Chamber of Commerce. If you any questions please contact Taylor Burgess, CVB Director or Shannon Yarbough, CVB Manager.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fort Sill Summer Concert

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The Fort Sill Summer Concert, set for July 4 at Fort Sill Polo Field, will feature performances by the reigning 2016 New Country Artist of the Year Maren Morris, Aaron Watson, and Oklahoma’s own Chris Bullard followed by a firework show. The concert is open to the general public. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Children 6 and under are free. Tickets are available at Adventure Travel (Fort Sill Welcome Center and Central Mall), EZ Go Stores, Billingsley Ford, and online.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CVB Summer Events

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This summer there will be many events in our community. That means tons of things to do and a surplus of visitors in Lawton Fort Sill.

Past Events

June 2017

Automatic 8th Veteran Reunion Group June 8th- 11th, 2017

Oklahoma Chautauqua June 20th-24th, 2017

 

Upcoming Events 

July 2017

Lawton Country Club Firecracker Golf Tournament June 30th- July 3rd, 2017

Western Swing Music Society July 13th- 15th, 2017

2017 Grand National Horseman’s Association July 25th-29th, 2017

12-U “A” Southern Nationals July 26th-29th, 2017

 

August 2017

Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo August 8th-12th, 2017

Lawton Splash Pad

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Progress continues at Elmer Thomas Park's splash pad! The Grand Opening for this new attraction is coming in July. This will be a great way to beat the heat this summer! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Freedom Festival

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Celebrate our country’s Independence on Saturday, July 1 at the Lawton-Ft. Sill’s Freedom Festival in Lawton’s Elmer Thomas Park. The festival, with free admission and no parking fees, is a project of the Freedom Festival Committee chaired by City of Lawton Councilman Keith Jackson, City of Lawton staff and community volunteers. Festival opens at 11am and closes with one of the largest fireworks display in Oklahoma, choreographed to music!

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas/sunscreen, insect repellant, flashlights and picnic baskets. Please no pets, service animals only and no personal fireworks, alcohol or drones. For the public’s safety, a portion of the lake’s walking track/trail will be closed from 10 am Saturday, July 1 till 8am Sunday, July 2. The patrons of the park’s walking track are invited to stroll thru the festival grounds.

Freedom Festival’s events and amenities include:
• Parking adjacent to festival grounds
• Park & Ride, starting at 12noon, runs from Lawton High School & McMahon Auditorium to drop off near the playground in the park
• Sweet Temptationz Car Show and Wind River Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Show, open to all makes and models, Registration, 10am, Car and Motorcycle Show, 12am-4pm w/ award presentations at 3pm
• Dannie Carson in Concert, 2pm, across from the car show
• Food, drink and sales vendors: 11am through fireworks
• Activity Vendors, fee based: 11am through fireworks
Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides & Mechanical Bull
• Free Bounce Houses: 11am-8pm
• Onsite ATM
• New! Throughout the day, watch live on Late Nite Lawton’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/LateNiteLawton
• Restroom facilities
• Lake side stage kicks off at 2pm with Mad Leon followed by Cross Towne Groove. At 7pm 77th Army Band, “The Pride of Fort Sill” will present a high energy concert to close the stage at 9pm.
• One of the largest fireworks display in Oklahoma, choreographed to music starts after the sun sets at approximately 9:30pm.
o LISTEN LIVE! Tune in to the live broadcast of fireworks' music on Magic 95, 95.3FM. Also listen via Magic 95's website, www.magic953.com and through their Apple and Android apps.


Call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470/3471 or visit the City of Lawton’s website www.lawtonok.gov for more information. Also, visit the festival’s social media site on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LawtonFreedomFestival .

Friday, June 9, 2017

Convention and Visitors Bureau has successful month of May

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In May the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau tracked over 1,000 room nights, launched the HASWO Ambassador Training Program, and hosted the Armed Forces Day Celebration.

The CVB receives fund from Hotel Motel Tax Collections to fund events that bring in visitors to the community. In May they supported 6 events that resulted in more than 1,000 room nights.

“Hotel Motel Tax collections are important for bringing in visitors,” said Carrie Paye, the Hotel Motel Tax Representative for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. “It gives us the ability to fund events that want to be in Lawton Fort Sill and help make those events successful.”

The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle , Artillery OCS Alumni Reunion and Fires Conference on Fort Sill had a total of 984, bringing in the most room night for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The CVB also launched the HASWO Ambassador Training Program. The program provides lessons and information about the area, and allows anyone in the hospitality industry a chance to learn more about the area they serve in.

“We want everyone in our area to be able to tell our visitors what there is to do in Lawton,” said Hossein Moini, the Chairman of the CVB Advisory Council. “This training allows anyone in our community to be a tourism ambassador. It will empower our community to assist our guests better than ever before.”

The training can be found on the CVB website at www.visitlawtonok.com.

Along with their partners, The City of Lawton, the CVB hosted the Armed Forces Day Celebration. The event is held every year to honor the service members in Lawton Fort Sill.

“We look forward to this event every year,” said Taylor Burgess, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, “This is our chance to honor the sacrifices many members of community make”

The parade had 109 parade entries including 16 military vehicles.

In June the CVB is launching their Visit Lawton Fort Sill Mobile App. The app will have many resources for visitors and residents alike.

For more information about the Convention and Visitors Bureau visit their website, www.visitlawtonok.com.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Veterans Group Comes to Lawton

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Automatic 8 Veterans Association 7th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery will be in Lawton Fort Sill from June 8-11, 2017. They are anticipating over 100 members to join in the weekend. They are celebrating their 50th Deployment for Vietnam Anniversary. The unit was organized at Ft. Bliss, TX, relocated to Ft. Sill, OK, and deployed to the Republic of Vietnam in June 1967 where it fired in support of Allied Forces until July 1971.

On June 9 at 10:30 a dedication will be held for the 7th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery memorial 50 years to the date from which this unit left Ft. Sill for Vietnam. It will be at Constitution Park on Fort Sill.  Followed by a Banquet at the Apache Casino Hotel on June 10, 2017.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Visitors in Lawton

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This upcoming weekend our town will be taken over by motorcycles. The 2017 National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club will be hosting their annual event in Lawton Fort Sill on May 26-28. They are anticipating over 400 people to attend and around 300 motorcycles. This will be one of the biggest events our community has seen this year and we are expecting a huge economic impact from this group.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Arts for All

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Come support the local arts in our community this weekend at Arts for All. This weekend long festival will be filled with painting, pottery, photography, wood working, wine garden with ongoing live entertainment, food court, stages with live entertainment, childrens’ activities, and more! This is an event you do not want to miss!

Friday May 12th         4:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday May 13th   10:00am - 8:00pm

Sunday May 14th     11:00am - 5:00pm

Shepler Park - West Gore Blvd and 5th St.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

National Travel and Tourism Week 2017

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National Travel and Tourism Week 2017 is May 7-13, 2017. We are featuring some of Lawton Fort Sill's amazing attractions like Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum, Waynes Drive Inn, and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Stay tuned for the video series on the CVB Facebook during National Travel and Tourism Week!

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Open Streets April 2017

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Lawtonians played in the streets to celebrate Earth Day at Open Streets on April 22, 2017.

Open streets is a concept that turns “C” Avenue into a temporary public park with activities for the whole family to get people moving.

Activities fitness classes, obstacle courses, Imaginary playground, skate park, hula hoops, art, face painting, bounce houses, photo booth, and so much more.

Friday, March 31, 2017

National Basketball Tournament Coming to Lawton

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The best of the best in girls basketball will be in Lawton this upcoming weekend to participate in the very first Sooner State Tune-Up Tournament. The tournament will start on Saturday, April 15th at 8 am and run through Sunday, April 16th. Cameron University, The Coliseum, all 3 High School’s gyms, and Central Middle School’s gyms will all be filled with players, coaches, and fans. We are anticipating around 80 teams to compete, which will result in around 400 room nights.

 

 

 

 

 

Play in the Street!

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Play in the streets as we celebrate Earth Day at Open Streets on April 22, 2017 from 11pm to 3pm !

Open streets is a concept that turns “C” Avenue into a temporary public park with activities for the whole family to get people moving.

Activities fitness classes, obstacle courses, Imaginary playground, skate park, hula hoops, art, face painting, bounce houses, photo booth, and so much more.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Prince of Peace Easter Pageant

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The annual Prince of Peace Easter Passion Play is a narrated dramatization of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This Easter passion play is the longest running of its kind in the United States. Created in 1926, this passion play drama is held outdoors in the Holy City of the Wichitas near Lawton with the stunning Wichita Mountains serving as a backdrop.

Make sure to attend this signature event at the Holy City of the Wichitas Saturday, April 15, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Remember to dress warm, in layers, bring your lawn chairs and blankets. They suggest coming out early in the afternoon on Saturday to find a good spot on Audience Hill. There is no admission charge or tickets. They do ask for donations, but will not turn anyone away if you choose not to donate.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club's All Corvette Show & Wichita Mountains Dinner Cruise Weekend

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The Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club's All Corvette Show & Wichita Mountains Dinner Cruise Weekend was in Lawton March 24 – 25.

The show took place at the Apache Casino Hotel with activities on Friday and Saturday. Corvette Clubs from around the state of Oklahoma as well as Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas, attended.

Classic Lawton Chevrolet began the event with a Welcome Reception from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24. From the dealership, participants went on a 60 mile cruise through the Wichita Wildlife Refuge on route to a dinner banquet at the Apache Casino Hotel. On Saturday, March 25, the club hosted a Corvette show that featured over 100 Corvettes.

A significant portion of proceeds from the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club's All Corvette Show & Wichita Mountains Dinner Cruise Weekend were given to local charities.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Great Plains Coliseum was taken over by robots

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On February 11, 2017 The Great Plains Coliseum was taken over by robots, yes you heard that correct!

Students and mentors from all over the state of Oklahoma traveled to Lawton Fort Sill this past weekend to show off their robots and to compete in a day-long competition. Over 20 teams competed for the chance to go to the World Vex Robotic Competition. This event showcased the promising youth we have in our Lawton Fort Sill community and also in the state of Oklahoma.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Comanche County Basketball Tournament

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Visitors flocked to Lawton for the Annual Comanche County Basketball Tournament this past week. There were over 8,000 people at the Great Plains Coliseum over the course of the 5 day tournament. Family and friends from three counties in Oklahoma came to Lawton to support their team. These fans ate in our restaurants, shopped in our local shops and purchased gasoline here. This tournament is a great tradition that Lawton looks forward to hosting every year.  Thank you Comanche County Basketball Tournament for having such a positive influence on our community!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Visitors in Lawton

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Despite the snowy weather participants and crowds still made it out to The Great Plains Coliseum and Expo Center to support the "On Target with Kiwanis" Archery Tournament and the Great Plains Winter National Pig, Lamb and Goat show. The archery tournament had 183 archers and over 300 viewers. The Great Plains Winter National had over 300 pens full of pigs and lambs. This year’s events included something new, a goat show with 40 goats were exhibited.

Lawton Loves Basketball

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The Annual Comanche County Basketball Tournament starts January 16th and will go through January 21st at the Great Plains Coliseum. The tournament includes five schools from Comanche County, two from Cotton County, and one from Tillman County. The tournament has been in existence for over 70 years and is a great tradition in our community. Make sure you come out and support the youth of the Southwest! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Coming SOON

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We’re excited to show you the progress of the new Apache Casino Hotel Event Center that will be opening this Spring! The new venue will be a great place to host banquets, conferences, weddings and concerts.

The event center will be able to seat up to 1,200 people comfortably. For a more intimate feel, there are also three VIP balcony boxes. They will be kicking off their opening with three concerts, The Oak Ridge Boys on March 23, Special 38 on April 6, and Montgomery Gentry April 20.

We hope to see everyone at the Business After Hours that Apache Casino Hotel will be hosting at their new Event Center February 16, 2017.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

James Farrell Award Presented at City Council

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The James Farrell Award was present at City Council

The James Farrell Award of Excellence is rewarded to cities that do an outstanding job of hosting ASA/USA Softball National Championship Finals. To receive the award, cities must attain an overall rating of 95 percent or greater from the ASA/USA Representative, Umpire-In-Chief and National Office.

Visitors coming to Lawton

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Visitors will be eating in Lawton restaurants, shopping and buying gas as they compete in the Great Plains Winter National January 6-7 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. This is an open premier regional show that is held the second week of January each year.

The show will run Friday evening and all day Saturday. This year’s event will feature something new for attendees, a goat show on Friday. Last year the Great Plains National Pig and Lamb show had 300 heads of livestock and 64 room nights.

The show is open to the public and the community is encouraged to come watch the event. Questions about the show can be directed to Show Chairman Robert Spencer at 580-591-2604 or find them on Facebook.

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