‘Many Hands’ Sands slows down on coordinating events

‘Many Hands’ Sands slows down on coordinating events
(DeLaune/MN) Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tourism and Recreation Supervisor Mike Sands prepares the day’s food at the Muscogee Nation Festival Rodeo on June 23 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

T&R Supervisor speaks about different events, focus

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tourism and Recreation Supervisor Mike Sands has always helped out with both the Muscogee Nation Festival Rodeo and Slowpitch and Fastpitch Softball events.

This year, he felt it was time to take a step back from softball and focus on rodeo.

“I was with the rodeo about four years ago,” Sands said. “There was a man by the name of Perry Anderson who ran it and I helped him out.”

Sands said while with the rodeo, he would coordinate the softball tournaments. There was always something going on and it was constant with both events.

“It never slows down,” he said. “On top of that they are on opposite ends of the Omniplex too.”

So, Sands felt he should take a break from softball and give it to people who he felt could run it and do a good job so he could focus all of his energy on the rodeo.

“The rodeo is getting bigger now,” he said. “Last year, we were number two in the nation for Native American rodeos.”

He said he is unsure if he wants to try the double duty of working both the rodeo and softball again or continue to focus his energy on one event, but he said he will be prepared for what the event brings to him and the volunteers who help.

“It is up in the air, depends on how things goes,” Sands said. “I know we will be ready to go where we are needed at any moment.”

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