o Paws in the Park
o Lawnmower racing
Miami and the surrounding area will be a buzz of activity this weekend as the city puts on its hospitality hat and welcomes a full slate of summertime activities.
Weekend festivities begin today as the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Council kicks off three days of citywide bargain shopping with “Christmas in July.”
As shoppers take to the streets, state-ranking high school football players will take to the field as northeast Oklahoma again hosts the 8-Man All-Star Football Game.
Players began arriving in Miami on Tuesday in preparation for the all-star event slated for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Commerce High School football stadium.
The annual event will showcase Oklahoma's 8-man talent in a “Green vs. Gold” game that, last year, packed Commerce's stadium to capacity.
In addition, sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to watch the 3A Zone 1 American Legion baseball playoffs set to begin in Miami on Friday. Also on Friday, the communities of Quapaw and Commerce will host Little League state playoff competitions for 9-, 10-, 11- and 12- year-old players.
Buffalo Run Casino will team up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for its annual bike run.
With cash and prizes valued at $101,000, the event is recognized as “the richest poker run in the world.”
On Friday, Buffalo Run will host a series of biker games sponsored by the Joplin H.O.G. chapter.
Games and other entertainment will launch at at 6 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, legendary rocker Ted Nugent, along with Alex Winston and Scott Keeton, will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Miami Main Street will sponsor an open microphone karaoke event at 7 p.m. Friday - a precursor to a competitive karaoke event set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning for children and adults. Both events will take place in downtown Miami on the First National Bank parking lot.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Coleman Company Players will present “Lucky Stiff.”
The curtain is expected to rise for the final performance of the show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be split between theatre restoration efforts and the local Animal Welfare Society.
Also on Saturday, the Animal Welfare Society will host “Paws in the Park,” a family oriented event promoting animal adoption.
The City of Commerce will also contribute to the weekend lineup with lawnmower races at 3 p.m.
Races will be held on the old football field at 4th and N. Walnut. Admission is $4, children under 12 are free. All proceeds go toward playground equipment for Commerce Parks.