By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2011
Kathy Reynolds, VP of Programs for the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce, is always at the forefront of planning the city’s Annual Rooster Days Festival.
Still the oldest festival in Oklahoma, Broken Arrow will celebrate its 80th Annual Rooster Days Festival May 12-15. The celebration kicks off Thursday, May 12, at Broken Arrow’s Central Park, located at 1500 S. Main, and will run through Sunday. Visit the website, www.roosterdaysfestival.com, for complete daily entertainment guides and other information. Rooster Days is presented by the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Broken Arrow Area Economic Development Corporation.
The celebration opens at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at 10 a.m. Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Rooster Days will come to a close at 6 p.m. Sunday evening. The 2011 festival will present lots of activities, including the annual Rooster Days parade at 10 Saturday morning, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Broken Arrow; The Miss Chick competition at 6 p.m. Saturday; and the crowd-pleasing carnival put on by Pride Amusements each day.
Rooster Days is a people-pleaser with its carnival atmosphere, arts and crafts attractions, a parade, free concerts by guest performers and talented locals, plus a great variety of food that will please the appetite of every family member.
This year’s featured entertainer is Pake McEntire, brother of Oklahoma’s own Reba. Pake is an American country music artist and was signed to RCA Records in 1986. He made his debut on the national country music scene with the release of his first single, “Every Night.” It was followed by his biggest chart hit, “Savin’ My Love for You,” which peaked at number three on the country singles chart. “Bad Love” and “Heart vs. Heart” from his first album were also hits. McEntire now records on independent labels and will be performing in concert Friday evening on the Rooster Days stage. Admission is free.
The Rooster Days Festival will include a 5K run that will commence at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Main. The Rooster Days Run committee is chaired by Larry Smith and is presented in cooperation with the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce. You may go online to roosterdayrun.com for additional details and an application to participate in the 5K run.
The Rooster Days Festival is also featuring a T-shirt design contest for students in 9th through 12th grades. A Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce panel will judge entries, and the winning design will be featured on the official Rooster Days T-shirt. Awards will be made to the winners determined by the selection committee. Awards are $500 to the first place winner, $250 to the second place winner, and $100 to the third place winner. The T-shirt contest is sponsored by Tulsa Federal Credit Union.
Be sure to thank local businesses for sponsoring the 2011 Rooster Days Festival. They include FlightSafety International, Blue Bell Creameries, Communication Federal Credit Union and Ident-A-Kid Services of America, MedNOW Urgent Care Center, KMYZ-FM Z-104.5 “The Edge,” KTSO-FM 94.1 “The Sound,” K-95 FM, Public Service Co., Broken Arrow Ledger, Floral Haven Funeral Home, Zio’s Italian Kitchen, Rural Water District #4, Saint Francis Hospital South, Tulsa Federal Employees Credit Union, TTCU, and ONG.
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.