The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 10, 2013

Commemorate the 120th anniversary of the largest land run in history

When Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb spoke for the Enid Noon AMBUCS recently, he noted Oklahoma’s unique land run heritage.

“Because of that, fast forward to 2013, we have more to offer than any other state,” the Enid native said.

The Cherokee Strip, the largest land run in history, started at noon on Sept. 16, 1893. Commemorating the 120th anniversary, the 2013 Cherokee Strip Celebration will run from Friday through Sunday.

The worthwhile event will bring back several historical attractions, along with continuing community favorites such as live music, tasty food and family fun activities. The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce is partnering with other organizations to commemorate the past and celebrate the future with a weekend of fun.

Events will begin at noon Friday with the popular Indian tacos, provided by Enid Intertribal Indian Club, and performances by Enid’s middle school and high school orchestras. Activities that night include live music and movies on the Square.

Festivities Saturday include the Hiland Partners Great Land Run 10K and 5K, Enid Farmers Market and a host of family-friendly activities on the Square. The highlight will be the Cherokee Strip Celebration Parade at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, festivities on the Square will continue with live music, an old-Western gunfight and a trick-roping show.

The night will be topped off with the Rodney Atkins concert at Enid Event Center.

Other activities taking place during Cherokee Strip Celebration weekend include Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s Lantern Tours; a quilt show benefiting Loaves and Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma; Be Fit Kids Run; and the Enid Walk of Fame induction ceremony.

We appreciate the efforts of the chamber’s Rynn Day for offering the family-friendly events this weekend to commemorate our history.

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