The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 29, 2013

What's 2 Do in Enid and the area

Enid News and Eagle

Exhibit: ‘Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb’

Starting Sunday

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center’s newest exhibit will be up and running Sunday through Oct. 20 at the museum, 507 S. 4th.

Explore the history behind the ways Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives in the period from 1943 to 1965.

The museum will host a family day Sept. 21 as part of the exhibit. Families will be able to participate in 1950s-style civil defense training, view films and participate in special activities.

For more information, call (580) 237-1907, or go to

Garfield County Fair Starting Thursday

Thursday marks the return of the Garfield County Fair, which runs through Sept. 8 at the fairgrounds, 111 W. Purdue.

From pie baking contests to goat shows to frog and turtle races, there’s no shortage of events to enjoy at this year’s fair.

On Thursday, fair events begin at 9 a.m. with judging of various entries. The day’s events will conclude with the chocolate dessert contest sponsored by United Supermarkets, which begins at 7 p.m.

Events the following Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, include cupcake contest, animal shows, and salsa and bread baking contests. The ice cream crank-off also is scheduled for Sept. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Also, Lewallen Amusements will bring two midway games, seven rides and one food booth two this year’s fair. The carnival will be open at the fair Thursday through Sept. 8.

Ringwood Watermelon Fair


Ringwood Watermelon Fair will be off and running Saturday, literally, as organizers have slated their first 5K & Fun Run at 7:30 a.m.

Registration begins at 7 at Vanessa’s restaurant on Main Street for the event, which is the first in a full day of activities, said Amy Haffner, vice president of Ringwood Community Fair Board.

The annual parade begins at 10:30, and as things start to heat up, residents can cool down with a free splash pad activity, Haffner said.

Most of the events can be found along Main Street in the town, with a few activities slated for the town park a few blocks away.

Two fundraising meals will be available for lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: A taco dinner is being prepared by Ringwood Public Schools’ junior class at the school cafeteria to raise money for the prom, and sub sandwiches will be in front of Ringwood First Baptist Church from Oklahoma Hearts for Adoption, which is raising money for grants to help families adopting children.

A free watermelon feed will be ongoing from noon to 2.

Horseshoe pitching is slated at the park at 1, and turtle races and children’s games will begin at 1:30.

There will be a barbecue meal by donation by the fair board, that will help raise money for next year’s event and to support the livestock show and candy for the Christmas pageant, Haffner said.

The evening will wrap up with a watermelon and pie auction at 7, fireworks at dusk and a street dance afterward featuring the Jake Bowers Band until midnight.


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This Week Aug. 29-Sept. 5

EVENT [Saturday]

Enid Farmers Market, 8-11 a.m., corner of Grand and Garriott. Sample fresh products from a variety of local vendors. For more information, go to

EVENT [Thursday]

‘The Little Star that Could,’ 8 p.m., NOC Mackie Planetarium, Randolph and Hedges. Show for the entire family. Attendees can also explore the night sky over Enid, both in the dome and out, weather permitting. For more information, call (580) 548-2399.

Next Week Sept. 6-12

EVENT [Friday]

First Friday, 6-9 p.m., downtown Enid. A number of downtown shops will have specials and be open extra late hours, and musicians will perform. For more information, go to

EVENT [Friday]

Cherokee Strip Days Gala: Diamonds & Dice, 6:30-10 p.m., Hiland Partners Ballroom, 302 N. Independence. Attire is evening/cocktail or your best James Bond attire. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

THEATER [Friday-Sunday]

‘Is he dead?’, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Theatre, 221 N. Independence. Play by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives. For more information or to buy tickets, go to

In Two Weeks Sept. 13-19

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.

MUSIC [Friday]

Rodney Atkins, 7 p.m., Enid Event Center. Concert presented by Central National Bank. Tickets $25 and $29 and are on sale at or by calling 855-TIX-ENID.

EVENT [Friday]

Lantern Tours in Humphrey Heritage Village, 7 p.m., Humphrey Heritage Village. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. For more information, call (580) 237-1907.

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.

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.

Enid Kiwanitrain

Meadowlake Park

Hours: 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Admission: $2