The annual FestiFall celebration runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 6-8 in Miami this year, with events such as the car show, sidewalk sale, and the Steve and Cassie Gaines tribute promising an exciting time for all.

MIAMI – The 6th annual Miami FestiFall celebration presented again by TTCU Federal Credit Union will kick off Thursday, Sept. 6 with the yearly crab boil dinner and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 8 with a host of events for all ages and tastes.

Thursday's crab boil begins the fall fun with reservations already set and another large crowd expected to gather on the Security Bank & Trust lawn along Main Street at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, drinks, and music.

Moving into Friday, Sept. 7, the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce will mark the anniversary of its move into its new "Miami Main" headquarters located at 11 South Main Street downtown.

Join the Chamber staff and Board of Directors from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate this milestone with guest speaker Cornell Wesley, Economic Development Representative for the U.S. Department of Commerce, a ribbon cutting, and the unveiling of the Miami Main Historical Mural and Oklahoma's largest Barn Quilt.

The afternoon will also include a call for artists reception at 1 p.m. with local artists encouraged to attend to submit an application for the Future of Miami mural contest and view the designated space set aside for the work.

The MRCC in conjunction with the Miami Arts & Humanities Council and the 66 Cultural District issued its initial call to artists aged 18 and over last week to paint a new mural inside Miami Main themed to depict the future of working and living in Miami, Oklahoma.

At 2 p.m. the Community Crisis Center of Northeast Oklahoma will host its "Kick Up Your Heels" event raising awareness for domestic violence. Area men will slip on a pair of red high heels for a walk down Main Street beginning at Miami Main. Recognitions will be given for Fastest Time, Best Strut, and People's Choice.

The FestiFall celebration will culminate with a full day of activities centered around downtown Miami.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the annual Sidewalk Sale will bring out area merchants and craft vendors sharing some of their best deals and unique finds along Main Street.

Running at the same time is the semi-annual Friends of the Library book sale in front of the Miami Public Library, 200 N Main, with a huge array of books priced from 25 cents to $1.

Steve and Cassie Gaines Remembrance Celebration

Miami will also honor hometown musicians Steve and Cassie Gaines who gained international fame as part of Southern rock band Lynard Skynard during this year's FestiFall with three special events.

The Dobson Museum, 110 A Street SW in Miami, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with a display of Gaines memorabilia as part of a larger Ottawa County musicians tribute being displayed in stages.

At 1:30 p.m. a ribbon cutting and unveiling of a new street sign co-naming Circle Drive in Miami as 'Gaines Drive' will take place. The Gaineses grew up at 460 Circle Drive and played in nearby Rotary Park as children. Cassie was a lifeguard at the pool there.

At 4:30 p.m. the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Steve and Cassie Gaines with Executive Director Jermaine Mondaine awarding the honor and trophy to Gaines family members at the Coleman Theatre. A short film and pictures of the Gaineses will also be presented. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Revvin' it UP on Route 66 Car Show

Lean, mean, driving machines will be on display Saturday at the Revvin' it UP on Route 66 Car Show. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at 1st Street and S Main. Judging will commence at 1 p.m. Awards will include Top 20 of Show, Best of Show, and People's Choice. Entry fee is $10 and includes Dash Plaques for all entries.

Mudville Push/Pull Classic

It's Mudville Classic Time! Five Alarm Athletics will bring together the strongest athletes in the 4-state region Saturday to test some classic lifts for some sweet prizes – Bench Press, Deadlift, and Clean. This is a fun, laid back meet to come show what you got. Medals, swag and even cash prizes for the best pound for pound lifters in each event. For more information call 918-931-9556.

Wardog Basketball Chili Cook-Off

The annual Wardog Basketball Chili Cook-Off runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the First National Bank parking lot in downtown Miami. Entry fee is $25 with a six gallon minimum for contestants.

Awards will be given for Best Chili, People's Choice, and Showmanship, which includes dress-up, booth decorations, props and music – anything to sway attendees to vote for a team.

The fun downtown will continue until 3 p.m. with the Miami Arts & Humanities Art Walk, Doggie Diva Contest, a Native American Dance Exhibition, kids activities, an entertainment stage and more.

Sponsors this year include Osborn Drugs, Security Bank & Trust,Vance Auto Group, NewbyVance, Integris Miami Hospital, Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, J&M Farms, Downstream Casino-Resort, First National Bank, MARS Petcare, Welch State Bank, High Winds Casino, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Cable One, Ceradyne Inc. 3M Company, Miami News-record, myPrint, and Westco Home Furnishings.

For additional information about FestiFall and any of its events, contact the Chamber at 918-542-4481, email or visit

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.