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Festivals abound throughout Oklahoma this weekend

In the Sooner State, spring is the season for festivals, grand outdoor celebrations centered on themes ranging from local wildlife and regional cuisine to live music and visual arts.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 4, 2012
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•  Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, Muskogee: The family-friendly festival features magicians, musicians, jugglers, jesters and other medieval-style performers, festive food and shopping for handcrafted items at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. The 17th annual fete continues 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekend in May through Memorial Day. Information: www.okcastle.com.

•  Brickfest, Pauls Valley: The festivities will include authentic Oklahoma blues, rock and red dirt music, inflatable games for the kids, a petting zoo, pie-eating contest, the famous brick toss competition in downtown and at the Santa Fe Depot. The Valley Rally Bike Tour traversing 32, 48 and 62-mile courses through the scenic south-central Oklahoma countryside rides off at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.mainstreetpaulsvalley.com.

• Rose Rock Music Festival, Noble: Commemorating the town's designation as the “Rose Rock Capital of the World,” the 31st annual downtown event will feature live music, a parade, car show, poker run, carnival and more. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.nobleok.org.

• Yukon's Festival of the Child: Yukon celebrates youth with more than 50 activities, including storytelling, pony rides, kayaking, crafts and more at Yukon City Park and Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly Ave. The activities are aimed at children ages 12 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.cityofyukonok.gov.

• Claremore's Lilac Festival: Festivalgoers can buy and plant a lilac bush in honor of Claremore-born writer Lynn Riggs, who penned the play “Green Grow the Lilacs,” which was adapted into the musical “Oklahoma!” Children's activities, live entertainment, a wiener dog race and a car show also are on the lineup for Saturday in downtown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, plus a Gospel on Main concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday. Information: www.downtownclaremore.org.

• Okeene Rattlesnake Round-Up: Billed as the oldest rattlesnake hunt in the world, the 73rd annual event has grown into a full-blown, three-day festival including a parade, carnival, pancake breakfasts, street dances, live music, magic show and a special appearance this year by Okie Noodler Thomas Riggs. The downtown festivities uncoil Friday when snake hunt registration begins; participants must be registered to hunt, buy or sell snakes. Although I shudder at the thought, I should probably mention the Den of Death, where attendees can watch snake handlers put on a show with live snakes. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.okeenerattlesnakehunt.com.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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