By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2010
The Nut House owner Hazel Ward and her daughter Leslie are excited about the upcoming 2nd annual Route 66 Pecan and Fun Fest.
Fall in northeastern Oklahoma doesn’t just bring a falling of leaves – it ushers in a falling of pecans as well. That makes this a perfect time of year for the Route 66 Pecan and Fun Fest, hosted by The Nut House, to be held on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Newly cracked, in season pecans will be available on site for festival attendees to purchase.
Hazel Ward, proprietor of The Nut House, expects this second annual festival to be a big success. “Last year, we had great crowds, at least 3,000 people,” she reports. “We saw both locals and travelers.”
The day promises fun for all ages. The Optimist Club will set up carnival games, and the Girl Scouts will host a craft booth for kids. Games for the whole family are planned, including three legged races, pumpkin painting, face painting and a pie eating contest. When asked what kind of pie would be served at the contest, Hazel answers with a smile, “Pecan, of course! Is there any other kind?”
One exciting event planned for the day is the Lawn Mower Drag Race in the afternoon, which Hazel reports receives a lot of interest. In keeping with the Halloween spirit, a new event is planned for this year, one which Hazel hopes will become a tradition: a team Mummy Contest. This event is open to groups of three, which can consist of family, friends and co-workers. One member is designated to be the mummy, and the other two members will wrap the mummy in toilet paper. The team that completely covers their mummy first wins and gets a prize.
The Sequoyah High School Band will host concessions this year, and Hazel says that a lot of crafters have shown interest in setting up booths on site as well, both indoors and out. And of course, festival attendees can peruse all the unique gourmet food and gift items that The Nut House is famous for: flavored and candied nuts, fudge, jellies, pickles, spices, sauces, Amish cheeses, Route 66 items, and much more.
Hot Mama’s Deli will also be open that day inside The Nut House. Since its opening in August, Hazel reports a growing clientele as people discover its existence, where they can have sandwiches made on site with Boar’s Head meats and Amish cheeses. Sides and desserts are also made on site, making a fresh lunch available for anyone who desires it. Hot Mama’s Deli caters lunches and prepares meat, cheese and dessert trays for take-out as well.
If you are looking to usher in autumn with a day of fun for the whole family, stop by The Nut House on October 16 and start what is sure to become a tradition. You can also visit The Nut House Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., where you can always find something to tempt your taste buds all year round.