By: Kathy Reynolds | Category: Other | Issue: December 2009
Russell Parker, Kathy Reynolds and Scott Eudey accept the Oklahoma Tourism Department Redbud Award for “Outstanding Event” for Rooster Days.
Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days is Oklahoma Tourism’s “Outstanding Event,” according to the Oklahoma Tourism Department. The highest honor given for tourism in the state was awarded at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism/the Redbud Awards Gala in October. Kathy Reynolds, the Broken Arrow Area Chamber’s vice president of programs, manages the annual chamber program, and Scott Eudey of the Ross Eudey Law Firm chairs the historic Rooster Days celebration.
Rooster Days also won the award in 2002. “What an honor for the Chamber to receive this award,” said Reynolds. “I am very proud to have been a part of receiving this award twice in my 14 years with Rooster Days.” She also expressed her appreciation to Russell Parker, Tulsa Career Tech, who manages vendors for the event. Reynolds also acknowledged the roles played by Chamber member sponsors, the City of Broken Arrow and a long list of volunteers.
Rooster Days is not only the outstanding event in Oklahoma, but also the oldest community festival in the state, dating back to 1931. Early day supporters were Tracy Hunsecker, J. W. Walton and Jack Estes, who organized the first event as a special rooster-culling day for area farmers. Rooster Days has evolved into a four-day community festival that attracts thousands of residents and visitors into the community to enjoy Broken Arrow’s hospitality and activities.
The Chamber appreciates their forefathers for establishing a tremendous tradition and the hundreds of volunteer leaders who have supported and participated in it over the last 78 years – “We are happy to share this prestigious award as an honor to them, the Chamber and the community,” said Reynolds.
Plans are underway for the 2010 Rooster Days, and for those wishing to be a sponsor, please contact Kathy Reynolds as soon as possible at (918) 251-1518. Sponsorships are only available during the Chamber’s annual Total Resource Campaign, which is currently underway.