One Fire Association to host annual celebration on Sept. 19

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/28/2019 04:00 PM
KENWOOD – The One Fire Association: Kenwood/Wickliffe Communities will host its annual celebration beginning at 7 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Kenwood Community Building in Kenwood.

Kenwood is located 10 miles east of Salina on Kenwood Road.

This event is free for the community. The menu will be a hotdog or chilidog, chips, drink and a dessert. There will be door prizes. People must be present to win.

One of organizers for the event, Emma Hayes, said organizers are asking everyone wanting a tray of food to come inside the community building. No to go trays will be provided.

“We just want to make sure everyone gets a meal. We are serving ‘til it’s gone,” Hayes said.

In 2017, residents in the Kenwood and Wickliffe communities saw needs in both areas and came together to create the One Fire Association: Kenwood/Wickliffe Communities to revive areas that used to be active. A high percentage of Cherokees live in those communities.

“Our mission statement is that we believe in unity by bringing forth two communities to create one fire. I take pride in what I am and who I am, and that’s a full blood Cherokee. There’s not very many left. I love my community so much that it broke my heart at what it looked like. It used to be active in the past,” said OFA Chairman and Cherokee Nation citizen Anthony Proctor.

Kenwood is located in Delaware County with a population of around 1,200 people. Wickliffe is located in Mayes County with a population of less than 100 people.

For more information about the Sept. 19 celebration, email emmahayes87@yahoo.com.

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