Oaks celebrates first founder’s day Sept. 21
Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Whorton stands next to the Oaks Indian Mission sign in Oaks. The mission is the location for the first Oaks Founder’s Day event. Whorton worked to gather donations and items for the event from community members. The event is slated for Sept. 21. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
OAKS – In honor of the founding of the small town of Oaks in Delaware County, Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Whorton is planning the first Oaks Founder’s Day for Sept. 21.
Oaks was established on the basis of mission work, Indian education, allotment and the dismantling of the Cherokee government.
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oaks was founded in 1842 by Moravian missionaries and called New Springplace. It was later subject to allotment and granted a 4-acre reservation for a Lutheran mission. In 1906, a plat for the town was filed with the Northern District of Indian Territory. Oaks Indian Mission was established in 1926 and was later separated from the Lutheran Church and turned into a public school. The town was incorporated in 1962.
Whorton said she wants to celebrate Oaks Founder’s Day by having games for kids and adults, craft vendors, food sales and a parade.
“I started everything myself. We’ve been wanting to do it for years. I finally asked the (Oaks Indian) mission if we could use their lots to put the games and stuff on and they said we could. So that’s when it all started,” Whorton said.
The event is scheduled to include football and ring tosses, a cornhole tournament, arts and craft vendors, a fun run and walk, a concession stand, a sack race, tug of war and a parade.
Games will be five tickets for $1, and the cornhole tournament entry is to be determined upon the number of entries.
The parade, set for 1 p.m., will include the Oaks Fire Department, Oaks High School football and cheerleaders, an overall school float, floats from surrounding churches and possibly vehicles from the nearby car show that is scheduled for the same day at the Oaks Fire Department.
The first Little Mr. and Ms. Oaks Founder’s Day winners will lead the parade.
The Little Mr. and Ms. Oaks Founder’s Day competition winners were expected to selected by penny votes the participants gather and count one week before the Oaks Founder’s Day event.
Funds that are raised from the games, concession and the Little Mr. and Ms. Oaks Founder’s Day competition will help fund the event next year.
“We’ll get it going this year, and maybe it will do really well next year,” Whorton said.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oaks Indian Mission located at 155 N. Military Road. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org