The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 1, 2013

We encourage residents to get out, support Tri-State youth

It’s that time of year again — the time music fills the air around Enid.

The 81st annual Tri-State Music Festival started Wednesday and will continue through Saturday’s Million Dollar Parade and Grand Concert finale.

Some 8,000 musicians will perform during the festival, in solos and ensembles, and with their band- and choirmates.

Tri-State is the culmination of a lot of hard work by grade school, junior high and high school students. It’s their chance to showcase their musical talents before the end of the school year.

A new feature this year is a collaboration with Main Street Enid on the First Friday Jazz Stroll.

Classical guitarist Edgar 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 be from Enid High School, Waller Middle School, Emerson Middle School, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Oologah High School.

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

We also want everyone to be safe, so we encourage drivers to be on the lookout. There will be a lot more young people out and about, so keep your eyes open. We want everyone to be safe.

Tri-State is a wonderful Enid tradition. It’s changed a lot over the years, but it’s still a big deal.

We encourage everyone to get out and support the kids if they can.

Saturday’s parade looks to go off at 10:30 a.m. with cooler-than-normal temperatures, although the chances of rain are slim.

The Grand Concert will be at 3 p.m. at Enid High School auditorium. Cost is $3 for adults, with children admitted free.

Enjoy the music.

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