Spring is festival time in Oklahoma, and one of the oldest and tastiest celebrations takes place just north of Sequoyah County in Stilwell.
It’s the 69th Stilwell Strawberry Festival.
Most of the activities will take place on May 14, but a few others are scheduled earlier.
The early schedule includes carnival rides, which kick off May 11 and 12 with armband nights and special prices. The annual Strawberry Festival Rodeo will get underway at 8 p.m. both nights on May 13 and 14.
On May 14, the schedule includes vendor booths, featuring arts and crafts, foods and merchandise, opening at 7 a.m.; at 7:30 a.m. a 5-K Run for the Berries and Fun Run takes off; from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a car, truck and motorcycle show will be held at Carson Park; from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. the Stilwell High School Show Choir will perform; at 10 a.m. the annual parade marches off, and at the same time a horseshoe pitching contest takes flight; at 10:30 a.m. motorcycle games will wind around the town’s streets; and from noon to 1:30 p.m. the popular local band Ricochet will perform at the bandstand.
At 1 p.m. a hot links cook-off will set fire to the fun, and at 2 p.m. the strawberry auction will be held at 3 p.m. Jake Smith will perform at the bandstand. The Kids Zone will be in operation throughout the day.
At 3 p.m. free strawberries and ice cream will be served to everyone.
Sponsored by the Stilwell Noon Kiwanis Club, the festival raises money for youth activities, and in 2014 over $20,000 was raised.
Kiwanis Club members said they strive to add fun and interesting events each year, while continuing to offer the community and visitors hometown events that create fond memories.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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