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Welcome Back Weekend

March 2nd-5th, 2017 Welcome Back Weekend is the Official Celebration to start off the new season at Grand Lake, OK.

Welcome Back Weekend
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Grand Lake’s Welcome Back Weekend

The official and annual re-opening of Grand Lake, dubbed Welcome Back Weekend for over twenty years, is scheduled to unfold March 2nd. The traditional Poker Run, an event which attracted nearly 400 participants in the event’s inaugural year, remains the backbone of one of the most popular off season weekends ever unveiled on Oklahoma’s premiere lake.

Things get off to a start on Thursday, March 2nd with the Bon Voyage party at Arrowhead Yacht Club starting at 5 pm, the event will include a pasta action station hosted by Chef Mark and his staff from Arrowhead Yacht Club. 

The Ice Breakers Poker Run will begin Saturday March 4th at 11am and conclude at 4pm. This year’s competition will be conducted as in past years with tokens being picked up at each of the stops, which includes Arrowhead Yacht Club, Cedar Port Marina, VIP Pizza-Hammerhead Marina, Grand Lake Boat Sales, Mooney's Sunset Bar & Grill and Cherokee Yacht Club, and then exchanged for playing cards to determine the winning hands will be held at the "Titanic" Party at the Cherokee Yacht Club. You must go to all 6 stops to be dealt a hand.

***You MUST be 21 years or older to participate in the poker run*** 

Join us after the poker run at the "Titanic" party in the Grand Ballroom at the Cherokee Yacht Club starting at 6pm. There will be an all inclusive Titanic Ballroom Buffet for $20.00 in the main dining hall, a cash bar will be available.

To conclude the weekend of fun come to Cherokee Yacht Club, Sunday March 5th for the Survivors Al Carte Breakfast and Lunch from 9am-2pm.

Some of Grand Lake’s finest have stepped forward as major sponsors of the event as in the Cherokee Yacht Club, Arrowhead Yacht Club, Cedar Point Marina, Mooney's Sunset Bar & Grill, Hammerhead Marina, and Grand Lake Boat Sales. For more information call 918.782.3292

What is Welcome Back Weekend?

Welcome Back Weekend is an annual event celebrated at Grand Lake, OK  This event was started in March of 1992, by Terry Frost,  the previous Owner of Cherokee Yacht Club. The weekend originally started with a poker run on Saturday and the showing of the hands on Sunday. Grand Lakers’ Terry Frost and the late Barbara Connor came up with the idea of incorporating a Chamber sponsored “Casino Night”, which became an instant success.The idea behind Welcome Back Weekend is to get you back on the lake so you can enjoy Grand Lake more of the year.  The event is not just a party anymore; it has come to signify the beginning of boating season on Grand Lake.  

Although Grand Lake is always open to the public....Welcome Back weekend is the official Celebration of the coming season! 

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Welcome Back Weekend