Food Truck Thursday smashes into new season

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a food truck!

The Food Truck Thursday season is starting with a bang, a pow and a wham with the Downtown CASA Superhero Smash from 6-9 p.m. May 31 in downtown Claremore.

Much like last year, the event will feature more than 20 food trucks, late night shopping downtown, a free Kids Zone by Cedar Point Church and music by Jerry Pringle. Plus, superheroes … and villains.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero. Several stores are offering discounts to those dressed up.

For the May event, Food Truck Thursday has partnered with CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

“Over the years, we’ve tried to partner with a community organization for at least one of the events,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Claremore Main Street, an event co-host. “CASA’s mission to support children is really important in our community, so we’re glad to have them be a part of this with us for May.”

CASA also will be hosting a dunk tank where children and adults can try their luck at dunking their most hated villains. Proceeds to the tank will go to support CASA and its mission. CASA also will be introducing a special guest during a presentation around 7 p.m. at the stage.

“CASA is proud of our association the downtown Food Truck Thursday series,” said Angela Henderson, executive director of Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma. “Claremore’s business owners are very community-oriented, and they care about kids. We hope all superheroes, large and small, will come to Food Truck Thursday decked out in their costumes.”

In addition, sponsor Volunteers for Youth will bring their Smoothie Bike, offering guests a chance to ride a stationary bike that makes smoothies, to promote their healthy living initiatives, and Studio B Artworks will be doing face painting.

The Kids Zone by Cedar Point Church is completely free to attendees, but parents are asked to watch their children while they enjoy the games and fun activities. The Kids Zone will have superhero mask decorating, an obstacle course and a free snack.

Most shops will remain open throughout the event while other vendors will be in the streets to add to the shopping variety. The Main Street Tavern will be selling low-point beer.

“We’re looking forward to this new season for Food Truck Thursday because every year has just gotten bigger and better,” said Sheila Giannelli, president of the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association, an event co-host. “This has allowed us to add more features each month and provide a fun, community-oriented event series.”

Food trucks include Alpha Grill, The Bacon TruckBlue Boys Soul FoodBreenie’Z Soft PretzelsDave’s Smoke ShackDorothy’s WichesFrigid Whips & MoreHoops Philly TruckHot Mess BBQ, Jack’s Ice Cream, Kona IceLa Hermosa Taco Truck, Maw & Paw Kettle Corn, Moose TraxMy Baby Can CookNot Your Grandma’s CupcakesRopin Flamingo Italian IceSteak & BakeTaqueria El Jarocho and Wild Al’s.

Food Truck Thursday is a monthly, seasonal event in downtown Claremore hosted by the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association and Claremore Main Street. Both organizations strive to improve downtown Claremore and reignite the area as the social core of the community.

Upcoming dates for Food Truck Thursday are June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25. Each month will feature a different theme.

Food Truck Thursday was named the 2018 Best Premier Special Event Over 1,000 Attendees by the Oklahoma Main Street Center.

Food Truck Thursday is made possible thanks to its community support and sponsors, including Season Signature Sponsor Midtown Rentals and numerous major and supporting sponsors.

Nonfood vendors who would like to set up a booth should email Jennifer Kincade at . Space for food trucks is completely booked for the season.

Get all the latest about the Food Truck Thursday season by liking and following the Food Truck Thursday Facebook page!

Westside class wins UP Flag Art Contest

Mr. Brasel’s 4th Grade class at Westside Elementary School is the winner of the Union Pacific Flag Art Contest designed to promotion train history and safety here in Claremore. Fourth-grade classes all over town participated in the contest.

​Attendees at this year’s Sip, Savor & Shop: Taste of Claremore voted for their favorite flag. The winning class received $100, courtesy of Claremore Main Street and Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce, the contest’s hosts. The flag will be delivered to the contest’s sponsor, UP Railroad, to hang in their corporate office.

An honorable mention from each of Claremore’s three other elementary school’s received $50. Those classes were: Catalayah, Mrs. Crutchfield; Claremont, Mrs. Hindenberg; and Roosa, Mrs. Reavis and Mrs. Robinson. All the classes’ flags are hanging in downtown Claremore all during the month of May, Train Safety Month.

New downtown event honors moms, benefits families

A brand new downtown Claremore event is designed for the whole family as a way to honor mom this Mother’s Day.

Mom’s Wishlist is a two part event – first for Mom to shop and build her list and second for Dad, kids and loved ones to gather for the Wishlist Party and purchase her gifts.

“Mom’s Wishlist is a way to ensure Mom gets exactly what she wants this Mother’s Day,” said Jessica Jackson, Claremore Main Street Director. “Think of it kind of like a registry. After the Wishlist is completed, we invite Dads, kids and other family members out to the Wishlist Party for free food and late shopping.”

Moms are encouraged to visit participating stores through noon May 10 to build a Wishlist. Each store will provide Mom with a wishlist to fill out in detail. She will then leave the wishlist at the store when she’s all done. There is no limit to the number of wishlists completed or stores used.

Later that evening, from 4-7 p.m. May 10, Dads and kids can gather at the Claremore Main Street office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., for food catered by The Pink House and a copy of Mom’s Wishlist. Participating stores will be open for shoppers during that time.

“In addition to ensuring she gets something she’ll love, we’re also giving Mom an evening home alone,” Jackson said. “We will hold Wishlists through the May 17 for anyone who is not able to attend the Wishlist Party.”

At the Party, Dads can also choose to pick up a Dad’s Wishlist to fill out that night in preparation for Father’s Day.

“We want to be clear that this event is for all families,” Jackson said. “We use the terms ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad,’ but Mom’s Wishlist is for everyone! I expect to see young kids, adult children, sisters, brothers, spouses, partners, friends and all others at the Wishlist Party. If you want to make someone feel special for Mother’s Day, this is your event.”

Participating businesses are Art Nest Boutique & Studio, The Burlap Closet, Centsible Spending, Coleman Antiques, The Cozy Cottage, The District on Main, The Haberdashery, LoliPop A Sweet Boutique, Outwest Home Décor, Rhapsody Boutique & Spa, Sailor Antiques & Collectibles, Second Impressions, Thrift Harbor and the Willow Tree Mall.

“We designed this event to be a win-win-win,” Jackson said. “Mom gets the perfect gift, Dad doesn’t have to stress and local businesses are supported. Everybody wins.”

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Claremore. With a focus on economic vitality, historic preservation and placemaking, the organization strives to secure downtown as the social and economic core of the community.