If awarded this grant, the playground equipment it purchases will play an important and invaluable role in our community. While the list of reasons could be rather lengthy, please see a few of the reasons that carry more weight within our community. First, this playground and the park in which it will reside will be directly across from our courthouse. This park will be used for supervised visitation and other legal visits and thus will provide a safe space for kids to play and accommodate these meetings. Additionally, the park in which this playground will reside includes a large picnic area complete with shade cloth. This will allow for outdoor classes to be held on site. This is important due to the need for social distancing. Once coursework is complete, the schools who utilize this area will be able to engage on the playground allowing for less road time and more time for instruction and physical activity. A third reason includes our signature event, the Stilwell Strawberry Festival. While festivities take place all over downtown, this playground will provide much needed entertainment, especially for lower income attendees as playground access will be free to all who attend. While this is not an exhaustive list, other events that will be centered around this park and playground, thus creating an impact on our community, include Pictures with Santa, Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Picnic and Trunk-o-ween, Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, and many other events and activities.
What organizations will support this playground project?: Stilwell Kiwanis Club, Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce, Carson Foundation, Cherokee Nation, and local businessesHow will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: The park in which this playground will reside is already under construction and has been methodically planned out with the aid of an engineer. A member of our community, who is also a Kiwanian, has been spearheading the project and ensuring its timely finish including having skilled laborers who are donating their time and will be available for installation once playground equipment is purchased.Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: The park where this playground will go has been a labor of love in our community. The land was donated from the Fletcher family, a household name in our area. A portion of the park was funded by the sale of commemorative bricks, trash cans, and picnic tables. This, alongside donated labor and monetary donations from businesses and community members, has made this project a possibility.
For the second year, Stilwell Kiwanis sponsors the Adair County Fair Superstars. For photos of some of the Superstars, click on the link below.
Gabby Guthrie was crowned 2020 Festival Queen in a livestreamed ceremony July 25. First runner up is Brooklyn Duncan and second runner up is Skyler Thurman. For more photos click the QUEEN PAGEANT link.
The annual strawberry judging and auction of the champion berries set two records, one for the first ever virtual auction in the 73 year history of the festival and the other for raising over $21,000, the highest amount ever for the auction.
Clink the link below for photos of the growers, buyers and berries. And if you missed the auction, it is also available on the growers page.
Brooklyn Cheromiah, a sophomore at Stilwell High School, has been named Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year for 2020. Brooklyn is the daughter of Brad and Kristi Cheromiah.
The Stilwell Strawberry Festival won top honors as the Texas Oklahoma District's 2017 pick to compete at the international level for the best signature project of Kiwanis clubs worldwide. In international competition, the Festival was selected as a top ten finalist worldwide.
Thousands of visitors come to take part in the many festivities that make the Stilwell Strawberry Festival such a success. Members of the Stilwell Kiwanis Club strive to add fun and interesting events, while continuing to offer the community and its visitors hometown activities that they have come to love. Don't be left out. Come enjoy the carnival, the parade, the Run, the motorcycle and car shows, the vendor booths, the Kids Zone, and much more.
If you are passionate about our community, join Stilwell Kiwanis. We are improving the world one community and one child at a time.
Throngs of visitors enjoy the many activities of the annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival.
Prize Winning Strawberries!
That's what it's all about.
Club members raised funds for a new, larger stage, built for Strawberry Festival entertainment and community events.