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July through September filled with activities and controversy


January 5, 2020

1.An overflow crowd filled the Alva City Council Chambers during the August regular meeting. Most of the audience was there to protest the medical marijuana ordinance. Photo by Marione Martin 2. These are some of the people attending the public hearing concerning the fate of the Alva Municipal Swimming Pool Monday night at the pool. Photo by Marione Martin 3. Lester Steventon of Wichta shows off his shiny 1923 Ford T-Bucket at the Big Cruise and Car Show. Photo by Desiree Morehead 4. This sign on Alva's downtown square sports graphic images of the locale and designates Alva as the Mural Capitol of Oklahoma. The Alva Mural Society is responsible for the much-needed update of the sign. Photo by Marione Martin 5. Officers escort the American Legion Riders to their destination in Alva. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of this historic ride in honor of veterans and their communities. Photo by Desiree Morehead 6. The GED Class of 2019 at Bill Johnson Correctional Center moves their tassels from the right to left to signify they have officially graduated. Photo by Desiree Morehead 7. Officers Tim Clapp, John Caviness and Buddy Shahan pose with the new piece of equiment for the Alva Police Department. They served hot dogs and allowed people to come check the vehicle out during the Crazy Cool Blvd Cruise. Photo by Desiree Morehead 8. The burnout event of the Big Cruise and Car show didn't disappoint the crowd. Photo by Desiree Morehead 9. Former Alvan Roxie Faulkner Kirk's first novel is "The Red Dirt Hymnbook." She returns to Alva for a book signing at the Graceful Arts Gallery for the August First Friday Art Walk. Her husband Brett attends with her. They are joined by Roxie's biggest fan – her mother Barbara Faulkner who still lives in Alva. Photo by Yvonne Miller

The end of summer and beginning of fall is packed with activities in Alva. The 4th of July is followed by Lights Over Alva, the Woods County Fair and the Big Cruise and Car Show. It was also a time of controversy in 2019 with the defeat of the bond election to pay for renovations and repairs at the Alva Swimming Pool and protests about the Alva medical marijuana ordinance.


July literally started with a bang with the annual 4th of July festivities in Hatfield Park. The Alva Rotary Club hosted a full day of fun capped off by a spectacular fireworks display.

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