July 4, 2022

What an incredible 4th of July holiday weekend on Grand Lake! Hundreds of thousands of non-natives joined us at the lake for the biggest non-metropolitan population in the entire state – in fact, we had a population for the weekend equal to the population of the third-largest city in the state. For the most part, people were understanding, kind, orderly, and patient. There were a few exceptions, of course; but at least everyone had fun. A handful of people had to hurry and finish their fun before they got hauled off to jail – but not many. All in all, it was a great holiday weekend at Grand Lake. Another one!

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Fireworks shows were predictably fantastic – not just fireworks, but WWII airplanes, fighter jets, skydivers, and a chance for GRDA to show off their new helicopter. If you happened to visit Monkey Island, I’m sure you can understand why Shangri-La was named the “Outstanding Attraction in Oklahoma” by the Travel Industry Association. What a weekend! For the most part, fireworks shows came off without a hitch. Most of the displays that were scheduled for Saturday night managed to get their shows wrapped up before they were dramatically upstaged by the incredible light & water show put on by Mother Nature. That’s probably a good thing. It’s Ma Nature’s way of telling folks, “Hey! Settle down a little bit.”

Professional whiffle ball

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I’m not sure how we’re going to fill up social media platforms now that the holiday is behind us. We proved one thing, for sure: a lot more people post questions on social media than stop to look at the answers. Facebook, Instagram & Twitter were all buried for weeks with the same question: “When and where are the Grand Lake Fireworks shows?” I don’t guess anybody ever bothered to look at the answers because, by the next day, another 2,648 people were asking the same question again. Now, I guess we’ll get back to the previous 50-time-a-day same question: “What restaurants are open and accessible by boat?” News flash! It’s the same ones that were available last week – and the week before – and the week before. They don’t move, people!

Shebang and Big Shots

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I want to give a very special shout-out to the GRDA Lake Police and our area first responders. They were everywhere, doing a fantastic job of trying to make sure everyone had fun – and everyone was safe! Kudos to these awesome men & women! Every holiday, they join the servers, bartenders, cooks, chefs, dishwashers, and entertainers who are always available to work so the rest of us can play!

Cari Williams Real Estate

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BTW, boaters…is your registration current? Last Friday was the last day of the boat registration year. If your sticker has a 2022 date (or earlier), you are out of compliance. I’d hate for you to get a ticket ‘cause you forgot.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Stephanie Young, David Hitzeman, Travis Brock, Patsy Williams, Jack Doney, Rod Wadel, Elaine Stansfield, Arlita Raby, Gordon Crum, Toby Keith, Sheri Stoner, Curtis Daftari, Terry Jones, Kelly Whitehead, Kerry Kimmons, Jaime Dobbins, Bob Graper, Mandy O’Banion, Jon Wilson, Tami Wilson, John McFerron, Kelly Aberle, and Kasidy Jeffers.

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: This weekend’s schedule certainly isn’t as busy as last week, but there’s still plenty to do. Friday is wine taste testing at Grove Royal Liquor beginning at 4:00. Friday night is also the July Sunset Cruise out of Shangri-La Marina (7:00-9:00); and the Grand Lake Summer Expo is Friday & Saturday at the Civic Center in Grove.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The word “abracadabra” has been around since at least the 2nd century AD, but no one really knows its origin or what it’s supposed to mean.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Brunch: the socially acceptable excuse for day drinking!

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AREA HOT SPOT FOR MOVIE PRODUCERS: Clanton’s Café in Vinita. First, Sylvester Stallone’s movie “Tulsa King.” Now, Clanton’s has also been named a shooting location for the new Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, Frank Grillo movie, “One Day as a Lion.”

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Social media has made too many of you comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the mouth for it.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: I learn from the mistakes of people who took my advice.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Everything we say at funerals should be said at birthday parties, instead.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I just saw a car being driven by a sheep in a swimsuit. It was a lamb bikini.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Did you ever notice that irons have a setting for “permanent press?” I don’t get it. – Steven Wright

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I have friends who do nothing but work and sleep, but they have no money and they’re always tired. What’s the point?

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Movie star Sylvester Stallone who has spent the last few months in Oklahoma filming his new movie, turns 76 years old this week. Famous musician Ringo Starr turns 83. The iconic rock band The Doobie Brothers are now embarking on their 50th reunion tour – having remained together for over half a century on stage, and selling more than 50 million albums over the past 50 years.  

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If the PGA Tour let me play drunk, I’d win a lot more tournaments. And barefooted. If I could play barefooted, it’d be nice.” – John Daly

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Scott Musick performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar features Friday night entertainment by DJ C-Dub followed by Empire Saturday night. Thursday and Tuesday nights are karaoke nights with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early both Wednesday and Friday night at the Swine. There is karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday & Saturday nights while DJ K-Bandito provides the dance music both nights across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and Saturday is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Magen Faulconer will perform Thursday evening at Blind Swine on Duck Creek. Dustin Moore leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at the Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill. Jacob Dement takes over entertainment Friday night followed by Trailer Park Kings Saturday.

Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens the weekend entertainment Friday night with True Karaoke. Reverse Reaction entertains Saturday night, and Magen Faulconer will perform Sunday afternoon. Randy Steele will entertain Thursday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney followed by Bad Decisions Friday; and The Smith Brothers will be on stage for a Sunday matinee performance beginning at 4:00. Ugly’s Grill & Bar now features karaoke entertainment every Friday night.

In Grove, Twice as Nice Harpists provide the Friday night entertainment at The Regatta, with Jacob Clark performing Saturday night. Johnny Dale Roberts will be on stage at Cherokee Casino Grove Friday night, followed by The Sidemen Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Brett ‘N Terri in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features Sweet Trouble, followed by Donny Ray Stephens Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: “Brunch & Bloody Marys” is a new offering at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill, Saturday & Sunday mornings 9:00-Noon. Mooney’s has also expanded kitchen hours. Food service is now available until 9:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday (closed Tuesdays).

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Two new game shows premier Thursday night on ABC: Press Your Luck at 7:00 and Generation Gap at 8:00. A new mini-series Flowers in the Attic: The Origin debuts Saturday night at 7:00 on Lifetime. Who Do You Think You Are joins the NBC lineup Sunday night at 6:00. The Bachelorette returns to ABC Monday at 7:00; and Better Call Saul returns to AMC Monday night at 8:00.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Thor: Love and Thunder joins blockbusters Elvis and Jurassic World Dominion in movie theaters this week. The Bob’s Burgers Movie premiers next Tuesday on HULU.

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SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday-Sunday, July 13-17 – 2022 Visions Off Road at Mid-America Outdoors. Friday, July 15 – “Nunsense” opens for a two-week run at Playmakers in Grove. Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 – Major League WIFFLE®Ball exhibition play at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza at Grand Lake RV Park in Duck Creek. Sunday, July 17 – Shangri-La Couples Championship Golf Tournament. Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20 – Junior Skills Camp at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, July 22 – Couples Nine & Wine event at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 – Oklahoma Legislative Grand Lake Getaway Weekend. Saturday, July 23 – Oklahoma Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24 – Shangri-La Club Championship Tournament. Tuesday, July 26 – Shangri-La Junior Club Championship Tournament. Monday-Thursday, July 25-28 – Kids Sports Camp at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 – Route 66 Heritage Fest in downtown Miami.

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In the sports world, PGA players are spread around the globe this week. The Barbasol Championship is in Kentucky with coverage on the Golf Channel at 3:00 Thursday-Saturday and 2:00 Sunday. A lot of the big kids will undoubtedly be in Scotland for the Genesis Scottish Open. Coverage is live on the Golf Channel at 7:30 Thursday & Friday mornings and at 9:00 Saturday & Sunday mornings (replays in the evening). CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

NASCAR drivers are at Atlanta this week for the Quaker State 400. Coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on USA.

There are some great Major League Baseball games this week. Tampa Bay is at Cincinnati Saturday at 3:00. The Red Sox host the Yankees Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 – and the NY Mets are at Atlanta Monday night at 6:00.

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Sunny and hot, hot, hot. That’s the weekend forecast with high temperatures pushing 100 Friday & Saturday and topping 100 by Sunday. Lows will be in the mid-to-upper 70s. There’s a lot going on, so get out there and have some Grand Lake summertime fun! Remember, though, no matter where you decide to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

GRAND LAKE BUM


June 27, 2022

What an incredible line-up of pre-holiday musical talent last weekend at Grand Meridian RV Resort. The 2022 Grand Jam was a fantastic way to tune up for the holiday weekend. It looked to me like most of the people hanging out at the festival just planned to continue rolling right on through the holiday weekend. Party on! It’s Grand Lake.

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Speaking of the holiday weekend, here we are! That means the official Grand Lake Bum Holiday Behavior Rules are in place. No fighting, no puking, no hitting on someone else’s date, no griping at over-worked servers and bartenders, no bragging about how much money you have (or your parents have), no drunk driving, no public nudity (private nudity is okay), no yelling, no discussion of religion – and especially no politics! 

As with all holiday weekends, you may have a little longer wait for a seat, a drink, or some food. Be nice to everyone who is working so you can play. The population of Grand Lake over the next few days will be equal to the population of the state’s third largest city. Everyone is understaffed for this weekend. If everybody who’s coming to the lake over the holiday weekend would come every weekend, all the businesses could staff up for those giant crowds. If I get my drink before you do, it’s because I’m there every day all year long. Bartenders already know what I want – and they know I’ll be sitting on the same stool in the winter. So, maybe you should buy a house and a boat while you’re here and come join us for the party all year! If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past two years, it’s that a lot of us can work from home just fine. It might as well be a Grand Lake home! You’d be surprised how many people have decided to do exactly that.

2022 Monkey Island Fireworks

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Have you ever found something you just can’t get enough of? You had to have more? I guess that’s what happened with the OKC Thunder in the NBA draft. With the 12th pick of the night, OKC drafted Jalen Williams. Then, they used the 34th overall pick to select – Jaylin Williams. Good luck to the game announcers sorting this out.

Shebang Monkey Island July 4th

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Joe Allbaugh, Patricia Sanford, Bobbie Owens, Craig Maxwell, John Jameson, TonyMoorhead, Dandy Risman, Mary Brewer, Janet Sheeler, Dave Bohannan, Alana Williams, Dick Seybolt, Jimbo Coleman, Alyson Aberle, Velma Mullen, and Virginia Gibson.

Cari Williams Real Estate

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BEST GRAND LAKE EVENTS THIS WEEK: Happy holiday weekend! There’s certainly no shortage of things to do! Friday is a serious taste testing at Grove Royal Liquor – free hot dogs 11:00-3:00 and beer, liquor & wine tasting 11:00-6:00. Friday is also Vinita Fest at Vinita High School (7:30) and “Movies in the Park” night at Langley City Park (Jungle Cruise). There’s a Food Truck Roundup at Marina Del Rey Resort beginning Friday and continuing through Monday. Saturday is the annual Cajun Fest at the Grove Civic Center (10:00-4:00), as well as the Annual Town of Bernice Golf Cart Parade (noon); and Monday is the Parade of Flight (4:00 p.m.) at South Grand Lake Regional Airport.

Fireworks, you say? Here’s the schedule around the lake: Commerce Fireworks at Commerce High School are Saturday night. “Rockets on the Ramp” fireworks at Gran Tara are also Saturday night. There are several big shows Sunday night – Monkey Island Fireworks at Shangri-La, Horse Creek Fireworks across from the Unfinished Bridge, Grand Lake Fireworks at Disney, and the July 3rd Extravaganza & Fireworks at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Monday night, enjoy Duck Creek Fireworks, Blue Bluff Harbor Fireworks, Huckleberry Fireworks in Jay, and Miami Fireworks.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Former First Lady Pat Nixon’s real name was Thelma Catherine.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: When you snap your fingers, the sound is created by your finger hitting the palm of your hand. (I know you’re going to try this.)

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Favorite way to online shop? I just yell out what I want and wait for an ad to pop up.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Welcome to Florida. It’s not the heat – it’s the stupidity.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: I went to bed Thursday night, June 23 in 2022, and woke up Friday morning, June 24, in 1950.  

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. Now, you can’t convince me that’s just a coincidence!

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: How much whine would a wine drinker whine if a wine drinker couldn’t drink wine?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: I hate when someone rings my doorbell because then I have to drop whatever I’m doing to be silent and pretend I’m not home.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Do you still sing all the words to “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot every time you hear it? That was the number 1 song in America on this date – 30 years ago! Actor Tom Cruise may still be a “Top Gun,” but he turns 60 years old this week.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The truth has no defense against a fool determined to believe a lie.” – Mark Twain

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There is certainly no shortage of fabulous entertainment around Grand Lake this holiday weekend. On Monkey Island, Thursday night Karaoke & Shrimp Boil with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend fun at Doc’s Bar & Grill. Kevin Price performs at Doc’s Bar & Grill Friday night; and Terry Jordan tickles the ivories both Friday and Saturday nights at The Summit. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar features Friday night entertainment by Brett ‘N Terri followed by The Hype Saturday night and Hypnotik Sunday night. DJ Max will also provide pre-fireworks entertainment on Shangri-La’s Grand Lawn Sunday evening. Thursday and Tuesday nights are karaoke nights with DJ Mo at the Blind Swine on Monkey Island, and Erin Fitzgibbon entertains early both Wednesday and Friday night at the Swine.  Kerry Kimmons leads the karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar at The Shebang Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights while DJ K-Bandito provides the dance music all three nights across the street at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze; and Saturday is karaoke night at Monkey Island Pub.

On South Grand Lake, Dustin Moore leads the Thursday night karaoke fun at the Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill. The Vanessa Oxford Duo takes over entertainment Friday night followed by The Stars Saturday and RocKFiscH Sunday.

Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina opens the weekend entertainment Friday night with The True Swagger Band. Mike Barham and the Honky Tonk Prophets entertain Saturday night and Downbeat performsSunday night. BJP Music will entertain Friday night at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney followed by The Barrett Lewis Band Saturday, and The Michelle Warren Duo will be on stage for a Sunday matinee performance beginning at 4:00. Ugly’s Grill & Bar now features karaoke entertainment every Friday night. This weekend, they have two more big shows, too – DJ Donny Jepp Saturday night and Jake Marlin & the Reckless Sunday night.

In Grove, it’s Cajun Fest time at the Grove Civic Center Saturday featuring “The Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw for two shows (12:30 and 2:30 p.m.). Other entertainers at Saturday’s day-long festival include Grand Lake’s own Jana Jae and Clint Walker, as well as Chris Miller & the Bayou RootsTwice as Nice Harpists provide the Friday night entertainment at The Regatta, with Laron Simpson performing Saturday night. The Widowmakers will be on stage at Cherokee Casino Grove Friday night, followed by The Shotgunbillys Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Johnny Dale Roberts in the Echo Bar Thursday night. Friday night features MoArk Mojo, followed by Faultline Saturday. Buffalo Run Casino hosts a “Roots & Boots” concert Saturday night featuring Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, and Sammy Kershaw. The show will be in the Indoor Peoria Showplace.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: There will be concessions available on the Grand Lawn at Shangri-La Resort Sunday for the Monkey Island Fireworks celebration. “Brunch & Bloody Marys” is a new offering at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill, Saturday & Sunday mornings 9:00-Noon. Mooney’s has also expanded kitchen hours. Food service is now available until 9:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday (closed Tuesdays).

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Two episodes of We Hunt air Sunday night at 6:30 on Showtime. Monday night at 9:00 is The CMT Let Freedom Sing 4th of July Special on CMT. Only America the Beautiful is also available Monday on Disney+. Big Brother returns next Wednesday at 7:00 on CBS followed by The Challenge USA at 8:30.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Minions: The Rise of Gru joins blockbusters Jurassic World Dominion, and Top Gun: Maverick in movie theaters this week. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between premiers Wednesday on NETFLIX.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, July 8 – July Sunset Cruise from Shangri-La Marina (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 – Grand Lake Summer Expo at Civic Center in Grove. Wednesday-Sunday, July 13-17 – 2022 Visions Off Road at Mid-America Outdoors. Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 – Major League WIFFLE®Ball exhibition play at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Saturday, July 16 – Aquapalooza at Grand Lake RV Park in Duck Creek. Sunday, July 17 – Shangri-La Couples Championship Golf Tournament. Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20 – Junior Skills Camp at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday, July 22 – Couples Nine & Wine event at Shangri-La Golf Club. Friday-Sunday, July 22-24 – Oklahoma Legislative Grand Lake Getaway Weekend. Saturday, July 23 – Oklahoma Legislative Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24 – Shangri-La Club Championship Tournament. Tuesday, July 26 – Shangri-La Junior Club Championship Tournament. Monday-Thursday, July 25-28 – Kids Sports Camp at The Anchor at Shangri-La. Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 – Route 66 Heritage Fest in downtown Miami.

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In the sports world, PGA players are at TPC Deere Run in Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic. Coverage begins at 2:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday on the Golf Channel. CBS picks up the final two rounds at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday.

The eight USFL teams are now two USFL teams. The USFL Championship game is the final game of the season. Kick-off is Sunday night at 6:30 on Fox. Philadelphia or New Jersey will face New Orleans or Birmingham for the Championship.

NASCAR drivers are at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this holiday weekend for the Kwik Trip 250. Coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on USA.

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We’re looking forward to great weather for the holiday weekend ahead. As always, there may be a scattered shower or two, but for the most part we’ll see sunny skies, light winds, highs in the low 90s and lows in the mid-70s. There’s a lot going on, so get out there and have some Grand Lake fun! Remember, though, no matter where you decide to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

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