By Candy Oller
BILLINGS, Okla. —
The annual Billings Wheat Country Festival was the main topic of discussion at Billings’ Chamber of Commerce meeting July 17.
Rick Hartz, Wheat Festival chairman, reported organizing stages for the Saturday, Oct. 12, event are progressing well, and tractor pulls and pony wagon rides will return. He also reported he has contacted Dineo Heilmann of NOC Roustabouts and The Bill Rotter Band to see if those groups will provide entertainment throughout the day.
Hartz said anyone wishing to be a part of the show or who might have entertainment ideas can contact him at (580) 336-7702 or the town office at (580) 725-3610.
Six vendors have applied for booths. There are 21 inside and 20 outside vendor spots, he said.
Donna Nightengale is in charge of Wheat Festival T-shirts and logos, which will be finalized and ready to print soon. Lewain Learned is working with area farmers to display tractors and equipment and for participation in the parade. Food concessions, a poker run and petting zoo also were discussed. Hartz will contact Billings FFA regarding participation again this year.
Billings Community Chamber of Commerce President Lewain Learned led the monthly meeting July 17 in the Billings Community Center. The flag salute was led by Danny Ketts, and Kurtis Stoll offered the prayer. Members attending were Andrea McCluskey, Pat Brand, Frances Moss, Helen Hartz, Robert Hartz, Dean Tipps, Ruth Tipps, Jane Ann Inge, Gerri Lemings, Kurtis Stoll, Danny Ketts, Learned, Candy Oller and Ricky Hartz. Guests recognized were Erica Nightengale and Sadie Learned. Minutes and the financial report were approved. Oller reported Perry Memorial Hospital has a new business membership, bringing the chamber total to 243 individual memberships and 22 business memberships. Yard of the Month for July was awarded to George and Pat Oller.
Fourth of July activities were successful, with the junior class raising around $200 at a hamburger feed and free swimming, watermelon and the fireworks.
A report was given of work at the schools, including new roofs being placed on the high school, elementary school, cafeteria and gymnasium buildings — all of which were all damaged in the spring hailstorm. Officials said they hope work will be completed by start of school Aug. 14.
A school work day open to the community will be Aug. 17.
Members approved $1,500 for chamber expenses, including the upcoming Wheat Festival.
McCluskey recognized Inge, Lemings and 4-H members’ combined efforts to keep the town bulletin boards decorated and updated.
A swim party at 6 p.m. today at the Billings pool to kick off vacation Bible school activities, which will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The theme is “Colossal Coaster World.” Family night is at 7 Friday.