The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 27, 2013

Tri-State to combine best of the past with new ideas

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Tri-State Music Festival will combine the best ideas of the past with new ideas this year.

Tri-State, slated for Wednesday through Saturday, is collaborating with Main Street Enid on First Friday Jazz Stroll. They are sponsoring classical guitarist Edgar Cruz.

Cruz will host a guitar clinic starting at 4 p.m. Friday in the Highland Partners Ballroom. The clinic is free to everyone.

Jazz bands will perform at 6 p.m. Friday in the breezeway in the 200 block of West Randolph. The jazz bands will include Enid High School, Waller Middle School, Emerson Middle School, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Oolagah High School jazz bands.

At 8 p.m., Cruz will perform a concert in the ballroom. Admission is $5.

Saturday’s Million Dollar Parade will be at 10:30 a.m. downtown.

The Grand Concert of honor bands is at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Enid High School Auditorium. Admission is $3 for adults, with children admitted free.

The carnival, moved to Oakwood Mall last year because of construction work downtown, will be in the same location this year, said Debbie Lambert, Tri-State Music Festival managing director.

“Because of the success of Ottaway Carnival at Oakwood Mall last year and construction downtown, this year’s carnival will stay in the mall’s parking lot,” Lambert said. “We want bus drivers, participants, visitors and Enid citizens to have easy access to the carnival with ample parking.”

Tri-State attracts about 8,000 participants and nearly 20,000 performances, Lambert said.

For more information on these and other events, go to Tri-State’s Facebook page or tristatemusicfesti val.com.