As the Ardmore Main Street Authority begins preparations for one of its annual signature events, there are plans in the works to fill the position of general manager on a permanent basis.
The authority met in executive session Thursday to discuss the position, which has been filled by Jeff DiMiceli on an interim basis following the resignation of Julie Longest in February. Although no action was taken, board chairman Todd Yeager said the board does plan on taking an action during its next meeting, once it puts together a compensation package.
“We are going to appoint Jeff and remove the interim title,” Yeager said. “He is doing a great job. He knows the organization inside and out and is doing a heck of a job.”
In the meantime, DiMiceli and the organization are currently busy at work on preparations for Fiesta, Oklahoma. DiMiceli said there is several meetings scheduled this week in an effort to pull together information for publicizing the event. The authority is also mailing out its vendor applications.  
The event is slated from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 20 and will be free to the public. The multi-cultural event will offer something for everyone and will feature live music acts. This year, a 5K run and the Roadkill Rally will be held in conjunction with the festival. The Shriner Parade will also take place as will the Ardmore Shrine Club State Championship BBQ Cook-Off.
DiMiceli said this year; there will be a western theme to the children’s area, which will be called Kid’s Corral. Lone Star Legacy, a 13-member performing group will be one of several groups performing in that area. DiMiceli also said the festival will be welcoming back Vocal Trash to the main stage as one of its performers.
“They were here two summers ago and we got a lot of feedback about them,” he said. “They will be back and will perform two shows.”