Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 6, 2012

Lucky number 7 for birthday bash

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The birthday candles are being lit for a fun celebration bash worthy of the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley.

Complete with neat stuff for the kids and a members' Halloween costume party and banquet, the unique museum will celebrate calling Pauls Valley home for seven years.

The big birthday for the museum opened in 2005 will come on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“It's lucky number seven,” curator Kevin Stark said about the museum's birthday.

“It's our seventh birthday, and this will be a celebration of the museum, of the community,” he said.

“We want to celebrate seven years of bringing world attention to Pauls Valley.”

It will feature free admission on that day during the regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which Stark says gives anyone and everyone a chance to check out what's new at the museum.

“It's an opportunity for anyone who hasn't visited the museum in a long time or since our opening to come and check out all the things we've added,” he said.

“We've added a tremendous amount of stuff since that opening.”

Featured from 1 to 3 p.m. is a kids' party, complete with goody bags and cupcakes.

That evening from 7 to 9 p.m. there will be a costume party and banquet for museum members and invited guests at the Arts and Cultural Center at the corner of Paul and Walnut streets.

“It doesn't cost to go to the banquet, but you have to be a member and you have to wear a Halloween costume,” Stark said.

There will also be inductions into the Action Figure Hall of Fame, recognition of the museum's volunteer of the year and discussions featuring an overview of the year and plans for the future.

As for the museum and all the attention it and Pauls Valley has received, Stark said it has been a regular thing since the museum opened all those years ago.

It has included television interviews on national networks and articles in some of the largest newspapers in the country.

“I've also done interviews for media in France, Japan,” Stark said. “I would see the articles later but couldn't read them because they were in French or Japanese.

“Over the course of seven years I've done interviews all over.”

The best part, he says, is all that attention has been positive and each time the museum's location is mentioned — Pauls Valley.

“The museum has brought positive media attention to Pauls Valley. It has given Pauls Valley a positive image — an image of progressiveness, uniqueness that other communities only wish they had. It has put Pauls Valley on the map,” Stark said.

“There's a lot of things going on in Pauls Valley,” he said. “It has worked to set itself apart by being different and unique. The museum is the epitome of that.

“The community gets to take part in this unique attraction.”