Come Shake Your Tail Feathers

Broken Arrow’s 81st annual Rooster Days celebration returns May 11-13, 2012.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2012

April Sailsbury, Broken Arrow Chamber of ­Commerce, and Kristi Brooks, TTCU The Credit Union, with a sample of the new “Rooster Wraps” that were ­available to businesses ­sponsoring Rooster Days.

April Sailsbury, Broken Arrow Chamber of ­Commerce, and Kristi Brooks, TTCU The Credit Union, with a sample of the new “Rooster Wraps” that were ­available to businesses ­sponsoring Rooster Days.

“Shake Your Tail Feathers” is the 2012 theme of Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days, the oldest festival in the state of Oklahoma. This year will commemorate the 81st festival, May 11-13 in downtown Broken Arrow. The fun and festive celebration features plenty of ­entertainment, free concerts, ­carnival rides, food, arts and crafts, a great parade, a 5K run, and much more. Rooster Days is a family-friendly event and a great time is ­promised to all.  

Please visit the website (,Twitter (twitter@roosterdays), or Facebook( for detailed information, including the daily entertainment and event guide. Rooster Days is ­presented annually by the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce and the Broken Arrow Convention and Visitors Bureau. The 2012 presenting sponsor is TTCU The Credit Union.

Rooster Days kicks off Friday evening at Central Park on South Main. As always, Rooster Days will be bringing area residents fantastic live ­entertainment, including ­headliner Mary Cogan on Friday evening at the Farmer’s Market on Main. Saturday evening’s headliner will be the Mid-Life Crisis Band. Local bands will also be performing throughout the weekend at the Farmers Market and the park. The only ticketed entertainment event will feature Roy Clark at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.

The 2nd annual Rooster Days Run will commence at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11 at the Farmers Market. There will be a 1 Mile Fun Run, the ATEM CASH Dash, and a 5K Run/Walk. Go online to pre-register for the Rooster Days Run.

The Rooster Days Parade begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at College and Main Streets, and proceeds south on historic Main Street to the Broken Arrow Community Center. Both sides of Main will be flooded with spectators of all ages, with kids arriving early to ensure “front row curb seats” as they eagerly receive candy provided by parade entrants. One of the anticipated highlights of the Rooster Days Parade is a gathering of the “Bands of Broken Arrow,” recognized nationwide for their superior and dynamic bands. Be sure to join the fun on Main Street Saturday morning to take in all the floats, bands, antique cars, and much, much more. Rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music, and more begin as the parade ends.

The 2012 Rooster Days Miss Chick Contest will be held Saturday, May 12 at the park stage. The contest consists of an interview, answering a question on stage, and modeling an evening gown in front of judges and spectators. Applicants are all high school sophomores or juniors and must be Broken Arrow residents. The 2012 Miss Chick will be the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce youth ambassador to ribbon cuttings and chamber events.

The first clue will be given on April 30 for the exciting Rooster Days Egg Hunt. You may get your clues at 11 a.m. ­daily at participating Broken Arrow merchants or on the Rooster Days Facebook page at  3 p.m. There will be $3,000 in cash and prizes for the lucky person solving the clues leading him or her to the 2012 Rooster Days egg. Cash and prizes are donated by local merchants. The 2012 Rooster Days egg will become part of the permanent egg collection on display at the Historical Museum on Main in Broken Arrow.

Rooster Days T-shirts will be for sale throughout the weekend, and ride passes are available now at the Broken Arrow Chamber offices and participating bank locations. Visit ­ for more information about the 81st ­annual Rooster Days celebration.

For more information, contact

Broken Arrow Chamber of ­Commerce

(918) 251-1518

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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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