Polish up that classic car in your garage and sign it up for the Tecumseh Frontier Days Care & Truck Show Sept. 19.
The show, chaired by Sam Hardin and sponsored by Shawnee Paints, will feature 28 entry categories ranging from ’49 and earlier vehicles to more recent vintage. Plaques will be awarded for first and second place in each class, a $200 cash prizes will be awarded for the overall top entry and a $100 prize to the runner-up. All entrants will receive dash plaques.
Pre-registration fee is $15 before Sept. 12 and $20 afterwards through the start of the show, which will be set up at 4th Street and Washington. Those who pre-register at Shawnee Paints, 120 S. Union, will receive free T-shirts.
New this year for Frontier Days will be a Window Painting Contest in Downtown Tecumseh. Fran Topping is organizing the event, open to any Pottawatomie County student (including homeschooled) ages 15-18.
Contestants will be assigned a business window to be decorated with a frontier theme. Paintings, done in water-based tempura only, will be judged on originality, artistic merit and execution. The window decorating will be done from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, and judging done the next day. Winners will be announced prior to the parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Businesses interested in having their windows painted should contact Topping at 214-3221 or email@example.com. There is no cost to the business, and paintings will be removed by 6 p.m. Sept. 20.
A $100 grand prize and a $50 prize for Best Use of Theme will be awarded. Entry forms for the artists are available at www.countywidenews.com (click the Frontier Days tab at the top left).
With just four weeks remaining until Frontier Days, vendor and parade entries are coming in fast. Spots are still available for the indoor Arts & Crafts Show as well as outside on the street. Parade entries in advanced are encouraged, although entry forms may be filled out that morning, Sept. 19. The parade begins at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9 a.m.
Parade and vendor forms are also available at www.countywidenews.com (click the Frontier Days tab at the top left).
Lots more is on tap for the three-day celebration beginning Thursday, Sept. 17. An Indian taco dinner is planned that night, as well as the coronation of the Frontier Sweetheart and Frontiersman, followed by the annual Gospel Sing. Those interested in participating in the Gospel Sing should contact Ronnye Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday events begin at 5 p.m. with the Arts & Crafts Show, outdoor vendors, carnival and a free concert featuring New Oklahoma outdoors at Washington and Broadway.
Vendors will be on hand all day Saturday, as will the carnival. Other events include the Barney Shirey Memorial Run, free kids’ games, band and choir concerts, an historic dance demonstration, sidewalk art and face painting, the Pet Show and more throughout the day.
Free line dance lessons are on tap at 4 p.m., followed by a street dance featuring three bands, the Jay Watkins & Friends string band, Small Town Sound and Evolution Now.
Frontier Days, held on the third weekend in September each year to celebrate the city’s birthday, is sponsored by Tecumseh Together, a volunteer organization founded last year. A variety of area businesses and individuals are financially supporting the event.
For more information — including entry forms for vendors as well as the parade and car show — go to the Facebook page “Tecumseh’s Frontier Days,” countywidenews.com (look for the Frontier Days button on the upper left) or call Tecumseh Together president Chad Brodrick at 598-5000.