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Oklahoma Festivals spring into action

Springtime brings outdoor festivities throughout Oklahoma.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: March 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival: More than 100 artists from around the country will exhibit their wares, ranging from pottery and paintings to jewelry and sculptures, and the 34th annual event will offer a children's area, live music and a cornucopia of festive food. Information: (May 3-5)

May Fair Arts Festival, Norman: The two-day fest features many fine artists and quality craftsmen, plus artist demonstrations, live entertainment, children's art activities, a student art show and Art & Sole 5K in Andrews Park, 201 W Daws St. Information: (May 4-5)

Bare Bones International Independent Film and Music Festival, Muskogee: Founded in 1999, Bare Bones has been named one of the top 25 indie film festivals in the country by MovieMaker magazine. Taking place at various venues in Muskogee, the fest annually screens more than 150 entries, including features, short films, documentaries, music videos, comedies, dramas, sci-fi/horror films and thrillers. The grassroots event also includes live screenplay readings, filmmaker panels and an awards ceremony. Information: (Thursday-April 14)

Bixby BBQ 'n Music Festival: Billed as the largest barbecue competition in the state, the two-day event is part of the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Great American BBQ Tour. Live music and children's activities are on the menu, but naturally, the food is the main attraction at Washington Irving Park, 137th and S Memorial. On the second day, festivalgoers can buy a People's Choice Award taster kit that will let them sample a select number of the teams' offerings and help pick a winner. Information: (May 3-4)

Azalea Festival, Muskogee: Thousands of people flock to Honor Heights Park each year to enjoy the 30,000 blooming azaleas, as well as dogwoods, redbuds and other blooming plants. The festival also features paddleboats, carriage rides and more. Information: (918) 684-6302 or (Monday-April 30)

Brickfest, Pauls Valley: The festivities include the Field's Pie Eating Contest, Valley Rally Bike Tour, Toy & Action Figure Museum's Star Wars Weekend and, of course, the famous brick toss competition in downtown and at the Santa Fe Depot. Information: (405) 238-2555 or (May 3-4)

Rose Rock Music Festival, Noble: Commemorating the town's designation as the “Rose Rock Capital of the World,” the annual downtown event will feature live music, car show, poker run, disc golf tournament and more. Information: (May 3-5)

Cimarron Territorial Celebration and World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest, Beaver: Remembering the pioneers of the Oklahoma Panhandle, the festival includes a carnival, craft show, chili cook-off, car races, golf bash, old-fashioned church services, horseshoe throwing, a parade, children's events and the cow chip throwing competition at and around the Beaver County Fairgrounds, 1133 Douglas. Information: (April 13-21)

Yukon's Festival of the Child: Yukon celebrates youth with an array of 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. Information: (May 4)

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 the downtown event. Information: (May 4)

Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up: Sponsored by the Waynoka Saddle Club, the downtown event, which dates back to the 1940s, features a carnival, ham and bean supper and, of course, the main attraction: the Snake Pit. Information: (April 5-7)

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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