By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007
Renowned as Oklahoma’s oldest festival, Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days event is marked far in advance on the calendars of many. This year’s May 10 through 13 celebration at Central Park features arts, crafts, carnivals, a parade, lots of local talent, the Miss Chick Competition, food and exciting entertainment.
A new and thrilling addition to the event will be featured this year. BMX stunt riders will perform one show the Friday of the event, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. Showcased riders will be Ricardo Laguna, Gary Laurent and Kyle O’Hara. Those that are familiar with the action sport have seen some of the stunts performed by BMX riders: front and back flips, grinds, stalls, tail whips and huge air tricks. Everything Entertainment, a New Jersey marketing and entertainment services company that was founded by Josh Berman, brings this exhilarating performance to Broken Arrow. Cutting edge entertainment is central to Everything Entertainment, and some of the company’s clients include the X-Games, Sprint, NFL, ESPN, Harley Davidson and the History Channel, just to name a few.
A Rooster Days parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will feature ornate floats and marching bands. Starting at the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce at Main Street and College, the parade route will venture all the way to 91st and Main Street.
Mega ride passes for this year’s carnival will again be available for purchase at the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. Featuring lots of fun for children and adults of all ages, the carnival will include an inflatable climbing wall, some new specialty food vendors, as well as traditional festival fare.
Music will also fill the day with a great variety of local performers. Tiger Rhythm, the Tulsans Quartet, as well as jazz bands, steel drums and gospel artists will contribute greatly to the festival atmosphere.
An annual feature of Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days is the Miss Chick Competition. Reynolds noted that this is not a beauty pageant, but a chance for a high school young lady to become an Ambassador of Youth in Broken Arrow. The judging is based upon responses to different issues, and the winner attends groundbreakings and ribbon-cuttings throughout the city. Last year’s winner Natasha Irons will be relinquishing her crown to the 2007 Miss Chick following this year’s competition, which will take place Saturday at 6 p.m.
Sponsors of Rooster Days include the City of Broken Arrow, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Citizens Security Bank and Floral Haven Funeral Home, Cemetery and Floral Shop. Times of admittance are as follows: Thursday, May 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, May 11 from 4:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, May 13 from 1 to 6 p.m. Don’t miss this yearly event. For more information about Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days, contact the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce at (918) 251-1518.