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Labor Day Lakeside Extravaganza

A full weekend of activities is planned for the entire family at one of Oklahoma’s most pristine lakes.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2012

Ron Howell, developer of Cross Timbers Marina at Skiatook Lake, on the deck of the Lakeside Grill.

Ron Howell, developer of Cross Timbers Marina at Skiatook Lake, on the deck of the Lakeside Grill.

Beginning on Saturday, September 1, Cross Timbers Marina at Skiatook Lake is ­hosting three days of activities that will feature live music, boat tours, raft races, Backyard BBQ Cook-off, Vintage Car Show, Golf Competition, a Kids Zone, cardboard boat races and more.

"Clean, Clear and Close,” with over 160 miles of naturally beautiful shoreline, Skiatook Lake is located just 25 minutes from downtown Tulsa. According to Ron Howell, Cross Timbers Marina developer, “This area has not had a ­traditional Labor Day lake event for many years, and it was our feeling that Labor Day should have an event attached to the water. Skiatook Lake is a ­wonderful ‘play’ lake – we have the cleanest, clearest water in northeast Oklahoma. We ­anticipate our inaugural Labor Day event to be a wonderful, fun celebration that families will return to participate in year after year.”   

Starting off the weekend on Saturday, September 1, lake-goers will enjoy music from local artists at the welcoming Lakeside Grill. The restaurant not only offers the best burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, cheesecake, and key lime pie, but also an array of tasty drink choices as well. Dine on all that great food while experiencing the ­incredible panoramic views of breathtaking Skiatook Lake.

Sunday night, come out and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display. Take in the brilliance of the colors reflecting off the lake’s sparkling waters. And then join everyone for the big Labor Day Celebration on Monday, September 3 at Tall Chief Cove with live deejays keeping the music going all day.

Participate in the Backyard BBQ Cook-off, (meat provided), Vintage Car Show (participants need to arrive no later than 10 a.m.), or Longest Drive Golf competition. For more details on how to be a part of these competitions, visit the website at and click on the Labor Day event page.

This event is the first of what is forecasted to be the ­premier Labor Day holiday ­celebration in northeastern Oklahoma. Stay at one of the beautiful lakeside cottages with gorgeous views and all the ­comforts of home. For more ­information on the Labor Day event’s times and locations, or cottage, boat or watercraft rentals, please call the friendly staff at Cross Timbers Marina at (918) 288-2332 or visit them online at

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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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