By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
This weekend will be a busy one in Enid as the annual Cherokee Strip Celebration takes to the parks and streets.
Rynn Day of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce said organizers are excited about all the family-friendly events going on this weekend to celebrate the history of Enid.
“Many of the events were planned by community organizations. We are offering the schedule so people will know what’s going on and can decide what they want to go do this weekend,” Day said.
The main highlights for the chamber are the parade Saturday and lunch on Friday. Day said there are some new additions that Enid residents will like, plus the Rodney Atkins concert Saturday night at Enid Event Center.
Day said organizers hope the Enid Event Center can traditionally try to have a concert during every Cherokee Strip Celebration.
On Friday, Public Library of Enid and Garfield County will show western movies 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the Cherokee Strip Lunch Rush from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Garfield County Court House lawn, Indian tacos will be available, and Enid middle and high school orchestra students will perform music.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Lantern Tours at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Humphrey Heritage Village are scheduled. Andi Holland, director of the heritage center, said tours will offer a glimpse of the lifestyles of 1893. Tours will go through the church, school, house, land office, mercantile and fire department, and focus on different points in town. Tickets are necessary because the tours depart every 15 minutes. Holland said the tour will take about two hours. Tickets are $10 and are available at the heritage center, or at www.cshrc.org.
Also at 6 p.m., the Cory Keller Band will be perform on the courthouse lawn. The performance is sponsored by Main Street Enid.
A movie and meal is scheduled for 8 p.m. also on the courthouse lawn. The family movie “Epic” will be shown, and proceeds will go to the Jayla Alexsis Tuck Cancer Foundation.
At 10:30 p.m., a Friday the 13th “Secret Movie,” sponsored by Enid Retro Theatre, also will be shown at the courthouse.
Saturday features another day of activity, starting with the Hiland Partners Great Land Run at 7:30 a.m. downtown.
The Cherokee Strip Festival is scheduled 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It involves a number of activities, including a trick roping show at 12:30 p.m., followed by western gun fights at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Also on the Square, there will be live music, food, inflatables, pony and train rides, face painting, a petting zoo and more.
The Cherokee Strip Parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday downtown, along with the Kids Bicycle Parade.
Also Saturday, the library again will feature western movies 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a quilt airing and sale will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds will go to Loaves & Fishes.
The Rodney Atkins concert, sponsored by Central National Bank, starts at 7 p.m. at the Event Center.
“Run to Leonardo’s” family fun festival is 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The event includes free admission to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse.
“There are also eight different food vendors. We have tons of food on the Square — hot dogs, hamburgers, chili pie, barbecue, funnel cake, snow cones and Italian ice. Five80 Coffeehouse is doing coffee; almost any type of food you can think of, we have,” Day said.
This year, a train ride has been added to downtown activities, as well as a free photo booth, where people can take photos.
Vance Air Force Base is very involved in this year’s parade, and Col. Darren James will be the parade marshal. There also will be two flight units marching in the parade.