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Major events keeping Midwest City convention bureau busy

BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Modified: August 10, 2010 at 9:56 am •  Published: February 24, 2010
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MIDWEST CITY — The Midwest City Convention and Visitors Bureau helps put on four major events in Midwest City each year, said Melanie Voice, the bureau’s director.

The third Monday in January, Midwest City’s Reed Convention Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, is the site of the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast.

The event features prayer, a color guard display, live entertainment, presentations by religious and political leaders and a keynote speaker.

In June, the bureau helps the Tinker Air Force Base Intertribal Council with an annual powwow.

The event, set for June 12 this year at Midwest City’s Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, E Reno Avenue at Douglas Boulevard, celebrates American Indian culture and honors tribal members who have served in the military.

The powwow features traditional dance, singing, art, jewelry, food and a children’s area.

On June 19 and 20, the bureau will help Tinker Air Force Base in presenting its annual Star-Spangled Salute Air Show. The audience will get to see maneuvers by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, war planes, military jets and civilian aircraft.

Other entertainment at the air show includes live music, exhibits, children’s activities and a fireworks display.

At Christmastime, the bureau helps Midwest City present its annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, a 1.5-mile drive-through display at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. The bureau’s role with the show is to help with purchase of new displays and arrange for someone to program the lights to blink in time to music.


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