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TOURISM INSIDER - A NEWSLETTER FOR LOCALS
THIS WEEKEND IN SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA, USA
June 5, 2020
NASCAR's TONY STEWART & KYLE LARSON @ RED DIRT RACEWAY IN MEEKER - FRIDAY NIGHT!
Due to openings from COVID cancellations, NASCAR's Tony Stewart will bring his "Thunder through the Plains" Outlaw Sprint event to Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker. The event features 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars which have never been to the raceway. NASCAR drivers Stewart and Kyle Larson scheduled to appear with sprint racers Ian Madsen and Terry McCarl. Tickets at RedDirtRaceway.com
Be who you want to be, in Shawnee!
SHAWNEE, OK, USA - Did you know?

Father Gregory Gerrer, OSB was born Robert Francis Xavier Gerrer (1867 – 1946) to a father who served as one of Napoleon's bakers in France.

In 1872, the Gerrer family immigrated to the US to flee invading German troops. They settled in Missouri for a short time before staying in Iowa.

1891 was an eventful year, with a young Gerrer joining the traveling circus as a musician before setting his sights on that Oklahoma land that was rumored to be given away in a most peculiar way via "Land Run!"

This adventure didn't quite go as planned, while in Guthrie awaiting the run, he realized his calling to become a priest after an encounter with the Abbot of Sacred Heart Abbey (which became Saint Gregory's.)

After an international call for artists, Pope Pius X chose Fr. Gerrer to paint his official portrait in 1903.

Through it all, he traveled the world; several times over. He met people. He created art. He collected art. He traded art and artifacts. All kinds of art and artifacts.

Before his death in 1946, 218 paintings and 6,347 artifacts were cataloged in his collection. The current collection is housed at Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art on the Oklahoma Baptist University Green Campus and has over 8000 pieces including many of Gerrer's acquisitions.

You may not be as accomplished as Father Gerrer, but I'm glad you're here. Be who you want to be, in Shawnee!
OPPORTUNITIES WITH TOURISTS
Your coupons and promotional materials mailed to hundreds of requesters around the world. (If we have them to send out...231 N Bell - the old ONG.)

Shawnee Welcome Bags are going out to attendees of local meetings and events. Add your items FREE!
VENDORS FOR RV GATHERING - SEPT 20-27
An RV club comprised of mainly retired military is seeking vendors for their rally at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sept 20-27. Organizers expect about 300 participants. Expectation to be at your booth Sept 22-25. Booth rental is $50-$200 depending on size. Sale of RV/travel trailers not permitted. Click HERE for a vendor packet or questions.
AMERICAN BULL RIDING FEDERATION
SEEKS SPONSORS FOR EVENT JUNE 19-20
The American Bull Riding Federation seeks sponsors for their bull riding events at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, June 19-20. Interested business reply HERE for details and sponsorship packet.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON RESTAURANTS
A new survey from the National Restaurant Association seeks to gather data to share with Congress and the administration on the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry. This data is so important to have as we continue to work on additional relief for the industry. Take a moment to complete the survey below. You can take the survey here.
Tourists are visitors from at least 50 miles who spend at least two hours or spend the night.
In Oklahoma, tourism is a $9.6 Billion business, generating over $1 Billion in taxes and 103,600 jobs.