Fifth annual ‘Marble City Mayhem’ is Sept. 28

09/23/2019 12:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
A car takes off from the starting line during “Marble City Mayhem.” Drivers bring their cars and other wheeled vehicles to speed for 1/8 of a mile up the hill overlooking the town in hopes of being crowned as one of the top speeders for the day. COURTESY
MARBLE CITY – The town of Marble City will host its 5th annual “Marble City Mayhem” event on Saturday, Sept. 28 in downtown.

The main attraction for the event is the Uphill Speed Challenge. Drivers bring their cars and other wheeled vehicles to speed for 1/8 of a mile up the hill overlooking the town. The police chief will clock the vehicles, and the fastest speeds of the day will be crowned top speeders.

“We will be presenting custom-made trophies made with stone from the Polycor Marble Quarry located just north of town. This is the marble quarry from which the town of Marble City was founded,” said Tamara Hibbard, one of the event organizers. “We have fourteen different classes of speeders so that anything with wheels can compete. A nitrous boosted drag car will run in a different category than a little 4-cylinder, so that everyone has a fair shot at a trophy.”

Registration for the event will be 8-9 a.m., and Round 1 of the Uphill Speed Challenge will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Round 2 will be from 12:30-3 p.m. The Mayhem Awards Presentation begins at 3:30 p.m.

Hibbard said participants come from all over the region.

“A couple of years ago, the longest distance award went to a driver that came from Omaha Nebraska. The majority of the speeders are from surrounding counties, but we get quite a few vehicles from the Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Fayetteville areas, she said. “It is extremely exciting. Everyone is anticipating how fast a car or motorcycle will go, then applauding if it does better than they expected. Spectators bring lawn chairs and line up to watch the activities, cheering on their favorite cars. It’s especially exciting when an exotic car pulls up to the line - a Maserati, Porsche, Lamborghini, Maclaren - and punches the gas.”

During the day, kids can enjoy a Free Kids Zone with face painting, a bouncy house, free ice cream and other activities to keep them occupied. Food and other vendors will be at the event, and the Marble City Historical Society will be selling nachos, Mexican street corn, ice cream sundaes, fried pies and will hold a bake sale at the renovated city bank.

Off-site parking is $5 per car with free shuttle services to the events. People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and an umbrella for shade.

“The Town of Marble City is a very small town in Sequoyah County. An event of this size could not happen without the support of local businesses. Polycor and DiamondNet (Internet service in Sequoyah County) are our major contributors. They, along with Cherokee Casino and US Lime, make this event possible,” Hibbard added.

Also, Marble City will be hosting its annual “Fall Festival” on Oct. 5.

The festival is a gathering of locals and others that set up booths in downtown. Arts and crafts vendors, people reselling used items, merchandise vendors take part in the event along with food vendors.

“Everyone enjoys the gospel music, Cherokee singers, live bands and a street dance. Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw sponsors a free barbeque dinner that’s served by the city council and festival committee members,” Hibbard said.

This event, along with a “Spring Fling” in May and a fireworks show in June are the main reasons that “Marble City Mayhem” exists, Hibbard explained.

“We use the funds raised at the Mayhem to provide advertising, fun events, entertainment, horseshoe tournaments, kids activities and free booth space at the other yearly festivals,” she said.

For more information about festivals in Marble City, email or call 918-315-2583 or visit the town’s Facebook page.


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