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Thousands expected for Bethany 66 Festival

Bethany 66 Festival is Friday and Saturday on historic Route 66.
By Nasreen Iqbal, Staff Writer Published: May 22, 2014
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Thousands of people are expected to gather Friday and Saturday on historic Route 66 for the Bethany 66 Festival.

The festival is hosted by the Bethany Improvement Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the city of Bethany and the lives of its residents.

Treasurer Arlita Harris said the Bethany 66 Festival is not one of the organization’s main fundraising initiatives.

“This is not so much about fundraising as it is about fun raising,” Harris said. “We want to put a smile on people’s faces.”

The free festival will continue this year come rain or shine, Harris said.

The event will kick off with a vehicle cruise around Lake Overholser. The ride starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Bethany between Rockwell and MacArthur on NW 39 Expressway. Live music will follow.

The celebration will continue from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the same location, which is between College and Asbury Avenues, across the street from Southern Nazarene University. Visitors can enjoy face painting, a children’s parade, pony rides and food and gifts from more than 50 vendors.

During a quilt giveaway, Oklahoma City business owner Judy Howard will exchange her new and antique quilts for donations made to The Children’s Center or Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community.

Howard will also sell copies of her “1905 Cookbook: Food for Body and Soul” for charity. The cookbook features more than 300 recipes taken from central Oklahoma’s pioneer days.

To learn more

To find out more about the festival, go to www.Bethany66.com.