The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 12, 2013

What's 2 Do in Enid and the area

Enid News and Eagle

Cherokee Strip Celebration


There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Enid this weekend, especially since the Cherokee Strip Celebration is here once again. New activities have been added this year. Make sure you take some time to attend one or more of these events this weekend.

Rodney Atkins

7 p.m. Saturday

Enid Event Center

Country music artist Rodney Atkins will be in Enid Saturday as a culmination to the day’s Cherokee Strip Celebration events.

Atkins’ platinum-selling album, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” contains RIAA-certified Gold songs “These Are My People” and “Cleaning This Gun,” as well as an RIAA-certified Platinum song, “Watching You.”

The title track to his 2011 album, “Take A Back Road,” won Song of the Year at the 2012 BMI Awards. He has performed the song on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Atkins currently is working on his fifth studio album.

Joining Atkins will be Rose Falcon, an up-and-coming artist who has been named one of Country Weekly’s “Ones to Watch in 2013,” as well as CMT’s “Next Women of Country.”

Tickets are $25 or $29 and are on sale at, or by calling 855-TIX-ENID.

For more information, call the Event Center at (580) 234-1919.

Cherokee Strip Celebration schedule


• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Western movies at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Cherokee Strip Lunch Rush — Indian taco lunch, courthouse lawn

• 6 p.m.: Lanter tours, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

• 6 p.m.: Music on the Square — The Cory Keller Band, courthouse lawn

• 8 p.m.: Movie and meal on the Square, courthouse lawn

• 10:30 p.m.: Friday the 13th secret movie — Retro Theatre, courthouse lawn


• 7:30 a.m.: Hiland Partners Great Land Run, downtown

• 8 a.m.: Enid Farmers Market, downtown

• 9 a.m.: Be Fit Kids Fun Run, downtown

• 9 a.m.: Enid Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony, Convention Hall

• 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Cherokee Strip Festival, courthouse lawn — Activities include trick roping show, 12:30 p.m.; Old West gunfight, 1 and 1:45 p.m.; music, food, inflatables and more.

• 10:30 a.m.: Cherokee Strip Parade and Kids Bicycle Parade, downtown

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Western movies, library

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Quilt airing and sale, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

• 7 p.m.: Rodney Atkins Concert, Enid Event Center


• 2-4 p.m.: Run to Leonardo’s — family fun festival, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse


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This Week Sept. 13-19

MUSIC [Friday]

Heer’s Country, 6-11 p.m., Longdale Community Gym, Longdale. Admission is $5. For more information, call (580) 886-5141.

EVENT [Saturday]

Remembering Our Heroes Poker Run, 9 a.m., Cycle Ward, 319 N. Independence. Proceeds will be donated to Woodring Wall of Honor. Pre-register at For more information, call Brice Quigley at (580) 548-3157 or Phil Gammon at (580) 603-0736.

EVENT [Thursday]

Barbecue Dinner & Concert with Juni Fisher, 6:30 p.m., Humphrey Heritage Village at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

Next Week Sept. 20-26

EVENT [Saturday]

Enid Pride, noon to 6 p.m., Government Springs Park. Family-friendly event hosted by Enid LGBT Coalition. Music, speakers and vendors will be on hand. For more information, call (580) 541-6810.

EVENT [Saturday]

4RKids Walk/Run, 7:30 a.m., David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Registration begins at 7:30 with run starting at 8:30. Free rides, carnival games, food and fun. For more information, call (580) 237-7890.

EVENT [Saturday]

Family Saturday — Atomic Age, 1 p.m., Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, 507 S. 4th. Activities include 1950s civil defense training, films and activities. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

In Two Weeks Sept. 27-Oct. 3

MUSIC [Friday]

MercyMe Concert, 7 p.m., Enid Event Center, 302 S. Grand. Tickets are $20, $35 and $50 and can be purchased at or by calling 855-TIX-ENID.

EVENT [Friday-Saturday]

Tzigane Arts Products presents Words and Music with George and Ira Gershwin, 8 p.m., Gaslight Theatre, 221 N. Independence. Tickets are $10. To purchase, call (580) 540-8888 or 747-9495.

EVENT [Friday-Saturday]

Princess Ball, 6 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse, 200 E. Maple. Event is for girls ages 3-13 and their fathers. For reservatins, call (580) 233-2787.

Museum list

Railroad Museum of Oklahoma

702 N. Washington

(580) 233-3051

Hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and all major holidays and adverse weather.

Midgley Museum (the Rock House)

1001 Sequoyah

(580) 234-7421

Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday and all major holidays. Not open Nov. 1 through March 31.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

507 S. 4th St.

(580) 237-1907

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, New Years’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. For more admission info, go to the website.

Simpson's Old Time Museum

228 E. Randolph Ave.

(580) 234-4998

Hours: 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Admission is free.

Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse & Adventure Quest

200 E. Maple

(580) 233-2787

Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Twilight Time is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Admission: All-day pass, $7, children under 2 are free. Groups of 12 or more is $5. Memberships available. **Note: Leonardo's is closed for maintenance through Sept. 13.

Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center & Museum

616 Leona Mitchell Blvd.

(580) 237-6989 or 402-2524

NOC Observatory

Northern Oklahoma College campus at Randolph and Michael Hedges

(580) 548-2399

Hours begin at dusk Wednesday and Thursday. To schedule a large group, call the number above.

Splash Zone Water Park

1122 The Trails West Loop

Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, May through August. Admission: $12 for adults and seniors and children under 45 inches are $8.

Splash Pads

Hoover Park and Champion Park

Hoover Park location: Between Cleveland and Hoover on Oklahoma

Champion Park location: 10th and Chestnut

Admission is free.