Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.
I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.
How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right? At least it’s held someplace.
Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.
Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.
Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.
Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.
However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.
I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.
The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town. Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.
The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.
There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.
Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.
In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.
I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.
Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.
Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.
Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.
In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.
Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.
According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.
Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.
I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.
Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.
Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.
Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.
Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.
There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.