Mary Ellis

Miami News-Record

The nine Native American tribes and Route 66 will be the center of Miami NOW (Native Oklahoma Weekend) scheduled for Oct. 2-4.

"Miami is the gateway to Oklahoma and we want Miami NOW to be a signature event for the area," said Cindy Morris, chamber of commerce director, Thursday at the unveiling.

Miami NOW will be held the first weekend in October in conjunction with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College homecoming.

Miami NOW will promote Native American heritage and Route 66 while providing education opportunities.

Pat Sill with Westco is the director of the committee that decided on Miami NOW and Lezlea Crow is the coordinator of the event.

Activities will be held along Main Street and some of the side streets.

There will be an Indian taco and fry bread cookoff, display of Native American arts and crafts, Fancy Dancer exhibitions, music and storytelling.

The public will be invited to celebrate the past and the future of Route 66 with a car show, the third annual Green Country 5-K run, a decorated rocking chair competition, Dauschund races, Karaoke, a guitar competition and children’s activities.

"We expect to attract thousands of people from a large area," Morris said. "Lots of volunteers are needed to keep everything running smoothly."