Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative to host its annual "Rec Day" Saturday, Sept. 15 in Grove with prizes, food and fun.

GROVE – Members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative will make their annual pilgrimage to Grove on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the organization’s 80th annual meeting. As always, the day known simply as “REC Day” will feature lots of food and fun. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded during the event, highlighted by the giveaway of a John Deere electric utility vehicle, as well as nine $500 electric credits—one for each cooperative district.

Cooperative members can register at the Grove Civic Center between 8 a.m. and noon that day. This year’s registration gift bag contains a three-piece grill tool set, a special edition REC cap and a 2019 calendar featuring vintage REC photos.

Early arrivals to REC Day will enjoy free donuts and coffee while they browse the arts and crafts booths outside. Once inside, they’ll register for the meeting, complete a ballot during the annual trustee election, and visit both cooperative and vendor booths.

“Since we didn’t achieve quorum last year, we will be holding last year’s election in addition to this year’s,” explained Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations for the cooperative. “There is one run-off held over from last year in District 3. Otherwise, the other names on the ballot are simply incumbents who need to be confirmed.”

There is something for everyone at REC Day, including the youngsters. The always popular kidzone returns with lots of games, activities and prizes. Featured this year are two large inflatable bounce houses with slides as well as an inflatable obstacle course.

After all the fun and games whet the appetite, attendees can enjoy a BBQ sandwich, chips, and a beverage for lunch under the outdoor tent while a crowd-pleasing Oklahoma bluegrass band, Southbound Mule, provides some toe-tapping entertainment. Back inside the Civic Center, they’ll enjoy the musical stylings of another Oklahoma artist, Paul Bogart, an Oologah native.

Integris Grove Hospital will provide an expanded health fair this year and will offer several important screenings, including glucose/cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse oximetry/O2, and BMI. Members who participate in the optional glucose/cholesterol check are reminded to fast 12 hours prior to screening. While all other screenings are being offered free of charge to cooperative members, there will be a nominal fee of $3 required for the glucose/cholesterol check.

Let’s not forget one of the most important of activities at REC Day - prize drawings. In additional to the John Deere electric utility vehicle and $500 electric credits, the prize list includes a Kenmore 18 cubic-foot upright freezer, Kenmore pellet grill, DeWalt tool set, iRobot Roomba vacuum, two Echo Dots with smart plugs, ten bicycles for kids, a laptop computer for a high school student, and much more.

“One of the fun things we are doing this year is asking members to share a favorite family recipe to use in an upcoming cooperative project. There will be a special booth set up inside where they can submit the recipe and in doing so be registered to win one of about a dozen smaller kitchen appliances like food processors, pressure cookers or air fryers,” said Hefner. “We think this will be a fun booth and, of course, we are excited to see how many great recipes we receive.”

To enter for a chance to win one of these great prizes simply register at REC Day from 8 a.m. to noon. Attendees do not have to be present to win.

For more information about REC Day, persons interested may call 800-256-6405, visit www.neelectric.com or connect on Facebook @neokrec.