Frontier Country Hosts Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer - Central Oklahoma Frontier Country

Frontier Country Hosts Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Posted by Lauren Lorenzen, public relations manager on 05/14/2009


Frontier Country Hosts Festivals You Don't Want to Miss This Summer


CENTRAL OKLAHOMA- Be sure to include special festivals and events into your travel plans this summer. Save money on gas and save travel time to check out what's going on in central Oklahoma. See Native American dancers and art, eat delectable foods and listen to plenty of good tunes in Frontier Country.

            "Nothing announces summer's arrival better than festivals," said Sherri Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. "This summer is loaded with something to do just about every weekend. There's no need to stress over an expensive vacation when short weekend getaways can offer the same perks and can be taken more frequently for a lot less money. Check out our Web site to keep up with 'what is happening and where' in central Oklahoma."

Edmond Jazz & Blues & Green Festival

            Listen to smooth jazz and rhythmic blues May 23-24 at Stephenson Park in Edmond. Also, sample special foods and enjoy arts and crafts and speakers about "going green" between bands. Children can play games and special activities will be available. Admission is free and the festival can be enjoyed May 23 from 4 to 10 p.m. and May 24 from 2 to 10 p.m. Call 405-830-8902 or go online to for more information.

20th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival

            Visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum May 23-24 can enjoy family stage entertainment like acclaimed western singer Red Steagall and balladeer Don Edwards while authentic chuck wagon crews prepare cowboy favorites like biscuits and stew, beans and cobblers. Take a ride in a stagecoach or covered wagon, learn to weave or make rope. Educational hands-on activities will entertain the children. Chosen by the American Bus

Association in 2004 as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, this exciting event attracts more than 10,000 people. Visit or call 405-478-2250 ext. 281 for more information.

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

            See more than 1,200 American Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America celebrating the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world June 5-7 at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Visitors can see works from some of the nation's most celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary and traditional examples of beadwork, cultural attire, basketry, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings and more throughout the juried art show and market.

            "The annual Red Earth Festival has grown into the largest and most comprehensive Native American visual and performing arts event of its type in the world," said Eric Oesch, deputy director and director of communications of Red Earth, Inc. "It includes juried fine art competitions for youth and adults, a parade, an art market, dance competitions, cultural and educational activities, a powwow and a 5K run/walk that attracts visitors from throughout the nation and globe."

            For more information go online to or call 405-427-5228. For tickets visit

A Taste of Yukon on the Chisholm Trail Round & Crawfish Festival

            Celebrate western heritage Cajun style June 6 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm in Yukon. Listen to Cajun-country music, taste some Cajun cuisine and watch a crawfish race. Visit or call 405-350-8937 for more information.

Chandler Ice Cream Festival

            Enjoy one of the delectable treats of summer June 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tilghman Park in Chandler. Sample free ice cream from Hiland Dairy or enter the homemade ice cream contest to compete for prize money. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a whole day of free activities from magic shows to live music and amusement rides. For more information visit

12th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

            Visit Okemah July 8-12 to commemorate the life and music of one of America's greatest folk musicians. Listen to a packed program of great live music performances, poetry readings and panel discussions. Enjoy great food and activities for children.

            "The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival celebrates the rich musical heritage of Okemah as the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. Musicians and visitors from all over the world come to Okemah for the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival. Music venues are set up all over town including some open mic opportunities," said Roger Thompson, Okemah Chamber of Commerce president.

            For performance times and more information visit

Rush Springs Watermelon Festival

            Taste tons of watermelon, watch the watermelon queen contest and enjoy vendor booths and a carnival Aug. 8 at Jeff Davis Park in Rush Springs. For more information call 580-476-3339.

            Central Oklahoma's Frontier Country is full of special performances, exhibitions, festivals and tourist activities. Plan summer getaways, create itineraries, request free brochures and download money-saving "Trips on a Tank Full" summer coupons at or call 800-FUN-OKLA.


Note to media: Download art from the following Web site:

                Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival:

                Cutline: American Indian dancer in full regalia participates in dance contest at the 2008 Red Earth Festival.


For Immediate Release: May 5, 2009                                                                                

Contact: Lauren Lorenzen, public relations manager

Telephone: 405-232-6552

E-mail: [email protected]