NOBLE — A downtown parade, car show, carnival, poker run, crafts and live music drew hundreds of people to Noble's annual Rose Rock Music Festival.
The event, which opened Friday and ran through Sunday, featured the first Rose Rock Idol competition, with local singer Jacque Posey taking top honors.
The rose rock was officially adopted as Oklahoma's state rock in 1968. The rocks were formed by barite rock crystals during the Permian Age and resemble blooming roses. They are found in only a few places around the globe, including Noble.
This year's Rose Rock Festival was the 32nd edition of the event, which honors the rock and pays tribute to those who traveled the Trail of Tears. An old Cherokee legend says the rocks represent the blood of the braves and the tears of the maidens who made the journey to Oklahoma in the 1800s.