Muskogee’s Honor Heights Park boasts 40 acres of manicured gardens with over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties. Visit this stunning park throughout the month of April for one of the top events in the South. The annual Azalea Festival celebrates the blooming of azaleas, tulips, dogwoods and wisteria as these buds begin to unfurl during the warmer temperatures of spring to the delight of visitors. Call 918-682-2401 for additional information.
The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Spring Show at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park consists of five exciting days of equestrian skills on display. See cowboys and cowgirls of all ages show off their abilities in Western pleasure, Western riding, barrel racing, pole bending, tie down and roping, as well as other competitive categories like halter, reining and jumping. All performances are judged, so be sure to hang around afterward to see who will be named the champion of each specialty.
The annual Waynoka Rattlesnake Round-Up began in the 1940s when area ranchers attempted to rid the surrounding ranch land of rattlesnakes, which were a threat to their cattle. The ranchers banded together and began hunting Western Diamondback rattlesnakes during a yearly event. That event, which has become a local ritual, now draws thousands of participants and has expanded into a larger festival. For more information, call 580-541-4169.
Come out and enjoy the annual Southwest Farm & Home Expo in Elk City, an event that is gaining a reputation throughout the farm and ranch industry as the show to attend. This event features displays and exhibits of agricultural equipment, machinery and products for the farm, home, lawn, garden and pool. Food vendors will also be on-site. Call 580-225-0207 for additional information.
Come on out every Wednesday at 9 a.m., where we will be selling calves, yearlings, bulls, pairs and cows. For additional information, visit www.solallc.com or call 580-436-5033.
Watch top collegiate cowboys and cowgirls from across the region compete in traditional rodeo events at this year’s SWOSU Rodeo in Weatherford. Contestants from Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri will compete for top prizes in this action-packed rodeo. Make your way to the SWOSU Rodeo for exciting arena competition that will include bareback riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The top 10 in each event will return for the championship round Saturday night. For more information, call 580-774-3068.
Round up your posse and head to Ponca City for a full weekend of all things western during the 101 Ranch Collector’s Association Western Memorabilia Show. This annual swap meet, offers novice and collector alike the chance to buy, sell and trade all things related to Western, cowboy and American Indian heritage. Many of the goods sold at this show will include 101 Ranch items, cinema collectibles, saddles, boots, guns, knives, chaps, pocket watches, spurs, coins, early military memorabilia and more. For information, call 918-693-0998.
The 34th annual K-101 Expo/Farm Expo in Woodward is one of the largest Tri-state agriculture, farm and ranch trade shows, featuring over 200 commercial exhibitors as well as arts and crafts and food vendor from across the United States. The Farm Expo includes farm, ranch and agriculture exhibits, as well as exhibits on hot tubs, construction, automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, home improvements, electronics, jewelry and so much more. Call 580-254-2034 for more information.
The annual 89er Days Celebration commemorates the Land Run of 1889 and the birth of Guthrie. On April 22, 1889, tens of thousands of excited Victorian-era land seekers lined the borders of the Unassigned Lands of central Oklahoma in preparation for the first of five land runs in the state. At noon, the roar of pistols along the borders signaled the start of the mad rush. By nightfall, Guthrie had grown from a sparsely inhabited patch of prairie and timber to a bustling tent city of over 10,000 people. Come celebrate this historical event with fun activities that celebrate this bygone era.
Trained equestrian riders of all ages and skill levels will take to the arena floor during the two-week Tulsa Rendezvous Horse Shows at Tulsa Expo Square. Take to the stands to see fierce competition as riders aim to earn top prizes in the Rendezvous Grand Prix, USHJA International Hunter Derby, USHJA National Hunter Derby an Texas Super Series Green Hunter Stakes with top cash prizes available. Attendees can also mingle with exhibitors and vendors toting equestrian wares in between hunter and jumper classics.