Cultural holiday

Published 9:37 am Monday, November 29, 2010

Last year���s princesses, bottom row, the newly crowned princesses, middle and princess contestants pose for a picture.|Photo by David Gehman

Friday rains postponed main events planned at the 40th annual Poarch Band of Creek Indians Pow Wow — but the show did go on.

Although Friday’s festivities were delayed due to weather, food and craft vendors said the pleasant weather on Thursday was good for the two-day Pow Wow.

Susan Wicker, a worker in the St. Anna’s Episcopal Church booth, said Thursday’s sales went a little better than expected.

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“We had a really good day with our food sales,” Wicker said. “We sold out of all our hot dogs and barbecue. We had about 200 turkey legs on Thursday and sold all of them. We had another 100 or so turkey legs for Friday and we even changed up our menu some for the second day.”

Cornelia Miller worked both days of the event with the Atmore Apostolic Church and said their food was popular and sold well.

“We had the Indian tacos that were very good,” Miller said. “The taco was served on Indian fry bread and seemed to be very popular.”

Dancers took to the mound during the day on Thursday for competition in events paying out thousands of dollars. With some dancers coming from across the country, the events for Friday were just a waiting game for additional competition and the announcement of winners from Thursday’s events.

Kevin Haywahe said the dance competition was what drew his team to the Poarch Creek Tribal Grounds.

“We came from Saskatchewan, Canada for the competition,” Haywahe said. “We brought four people in our team.”

A four-man team from Shawnee, Okla., came with plans to compete in both dance and drum events. Marty Thurman said his group would compete for titles in both categories.

“There are four of us on our team,” Thurman said. “The rain will slow things down, but we’re glad to be here.”

Pow Wow guests also make it a point to pick up an ear or two of Indian roasted corn to enjoy during the competition and throughout the event.

Jimmy Dean, along with help from some teens, said the corn is a big attraction for some people.

“We had a great day Thursday,” Dean said. “We sold about 2,400 ears of corn on Thursday. That’s our biggest day during these two days out here. For Friday, we only prepare about 800 ears of corn, but we usually sell everything we prepare. A lot of people eat some corn here and even get some to take with them as they leave. It’s a pretty good deal and the corn is just a big part of the event.”

Thursday’s events were highlighted by the announcement of winners in the Poarch Creek Indian Princess competition.

Taking the title of Senior Princess was Connie Colbert. Other division winners were Gabriella McGhee in the elementary division and Megan Flurnoy in the junior division.

The 2010 Princesses will be busy throughout the coming year with activity and parade appearances throughout the area, state and region.

Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin addressed guests saying the event is one planned months in advance with dedication from a large group of workers.

“I have seen first hand the hard work and dedication that goes into planning an organizing an event of this magnitude,” Rolin said. “I would like to thank all of those that have committed their time and energy in making this event a success. I commend the Tribal members, staff and volunteers who have worked together to make this event possible.”

Organizers say plans for the 41st annual event will begin next week.

To learn more about the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, visit their Web site at