Carlton Landing is opening its doors and rolling out the red carpet.

The much awaited master planned resort community will be opened to the public for a Memorial Weekend event on Saturday May 28th from 2pm until 7pm. Over the past 2 years, Carlton Landing, designed by the world renowned urban planner Andres Duany, has gone from vision to reality with the development of infrastructure, utilities and roads. Now, with the first 10 homes and the community pool under construction, Carlton Landing is starting to take shape. As summer quickly approaches, hundreds of street trees and truckloads of landscaping are being installed.

The Memorial Weekend event will be a traditional community celebration. The day’s events promise to be a true introduction to the sense of community that the Town Founders of Carlton Landing hope to foster. “We are honored to have the local VFW Post 8798 raise the first flag at our new Pavilion Park,” says Carlton Landing marketing director and Lake Eufaula resident Steve Winner. “The good people in local organizations like the VFW are the reason I chose to move my family to Lake Eufaula. We are thrilled to introduce them to the future residents and guests of Carlton Landing.” Members of the award winning Eufaula High School Band will be performing several selections including our National Anthem during the event’s opening ceremonies. Visitors will also be treated to live music in the park featuring Okemah, Oklahoma native, John Fullbright.

A sanctioned Regional Chili Cook-off will be one of the main attractions of the day. The hosts expect approximately 10 competitive cooks from around the state vying for bragging rights and cash prizes. There will also be a people’s choice competition where guests will vote for their favorite recipe. Potential cooks who wish to enter their own secret chili formula can find more information by emailing info@carltonlanding.com.

In keeping with Carlton Landing’s family focus, the Memorial Day event will also feature attractions for kids of all ages. Jump tents, face painting and local volunteers who will help the younger guests construct, decorate and fly their very own kite. “Growing up, weekends at Lake Eufaula were a highlight of my childhood,” says Grant Humphreys. “Now we can give others the same kind of experience we enjoyed as a family. Carlton Landing will be a place where families can make great memories together, and we expect this Memorial Day event to be the start of a great tradition.”