Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Spokesperson Ty Pennington calls it "the best place to find all the basics, plus all the hot new products—all in one place." At venues across North America, shows presented by Marketplace Events connect homeowners and designers with trusted brands, independent businesses, innovators of new products, and local artisans. The vibrant and inspirational presentations showcase new aesthetic trends and functional designs in the realms of home decor, gardening, energy conservation, and living-space management. In addition to showcasing a range of products and concepts, the event hosts special-guest speakers, who educate audiences on home-remodeling projects from painting walls to adding a fourth dimension to a cramped kitchen.
On the second weekend in November, Vintage Market Days will once again fill the Farmers Public Market with clothing, furnishings, and knick-knacks from days past. Stacy Gray, or Calamity Jane as she's known in the "junk" business, brings this national event to Oklahoma City, helping local antique shoppers and treasure dealers meet and barter within the confines of a historic trading space.
And what a historic space it is; listed on the national register of historic places, the Farmers Public Market opened its doors in 1928, a time when farmers had no place but the roads to sell their wares and shoppers could only wait for mail-order groceries to be invented 50 years later. In its heyday, the market housed not only a variety of stores and markets, but also a concert space where country troubadours including Hank Williams Sr. and Bob Wills plucked at the heartstrings of rapt audiences.
Every year, the Ultimate Mud Warrior Aftermath 5k unfolds on the same 400-acre property––an expansive piece of land with terrain that ranges from lakes and hills to clay and sand. Beyond that constant, however, the course is transformed from year to year, with newly bulldozed trails and newly built obstacles.
The obstacles are kept hush-hush before the event to add an element of surprise. However, obstacles can include structures such as waterslides, mud pits, and narrow bridges. Situated to maximize spectator involvement, the obstacles don’t aim to scare off participants—competitors can opt out of any that are too difficult. To further accommodate racers of all fitness levels, both running and walking are encouraged, and everyone who reaches the course’s end is honored with a finisher’s medal and a stern handshake from Wilford Brimley.
An accredited member of the American Taekwondo Association, The Summit Martial Arts helps instill discipline and respect through fitness and martial arts classes geared toward all ages. Chief instructor Dominique Jackson helms the program, using his experience as a black belt and four-time state champion to train students at work and open stubborn pickle jars at home.
The Summit's classes foster positive values starting at a young age with the Tiny Tigers program for kids aged 4 to 6, which stresses motor skills, paying attention, and following directions. Karate 4 Kids continues training for kids up to age 13, with lessons that focus on a different value each month, such as self-esteem and self-control.
Formerly Splatter Paintball, Avid Extreme Sports continues in its predecessor's decade-long history of outfitting paintball players for chromatic warfare. With the new name, however, came an expanded inventory of airsoft and skating gear. Paintball markers, airsoft guns, and skateboard decks hang from the walls in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs. In the center, tables and racks support defensive apparel, such as masks and padded outerwear.
But the real action kicks off on the field, where combatants clutch rental equipment as they scurry behind post-apocalyptic forts constructed from cinder blocks and piles of tires. The field also hosts long-form scenario games, often constructed as re-creations of famous infantry battles.