GUTHRIE — This year’s ’89er Button will feature a land run theme as the state marks the 125th anniversary of one of its most important events.
The button was designed by Linda Harris and Jarrett George of Red Dirt Design.
“Each year we try to match the theme with the historical significance of the Land Run, and I think we captured both concepts with this button,” Harris said. “Of course, this year, we had added a new twist to the button, because the committee has resurrected the concept of having to serve some ‘jail time’ during Celebration Week if you are caught not wearing the button.”
In addition to keeping people out of jail, the ’89er Buttons have become a collectors’ item.
Only three individual names have been used on the buttons; Tom Mix, Lucille Mulhull and Eddie Lou Halsey.
In addition to the buttons, ribbons were produced and worn by those with direct lineage to the participants of the Land Run. Ribbons reflecting the wearer as the son or daughter of ’89ers have since given way to ribbons reflecting grandson or granddaughter of ’89ers.
Harris said the buttons and ribbons are a unique part of the tradition and heritage of the ’89er.
“Get your buttons early this year, because they are in limited quantities, and it would be too bad to get ‘thrown in jail’ because you didn’t have one and we were all sold out,” Harris said.
Guthrie’s annual ’89er Celebration encompasses nearly a week of festivities, events, entertainment and ceremonies. It begins with a chuckwagon feast April 15 and ends with a parade April 19.
For more information about ’89er Week events, visit www.89erdays.com or call 282-2589.