At the World Wide Paint Horse Congress, horses and riders compete in a wide variety of events at Tulsa Expo Square. Don’t miss any of the western riding, showmanship and pole bending at this event that is fun for the entire family. The barrel racing and stake races are especially exciting. It all happens in Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex. Visit www.wwphc.com for more information.
Gather in the stands at Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore and watch as classes of Appaloosa horses and riders compete for top rankings. At the All-American Appaloosa Congress, see all ages of riders try their hand at winning best showmanship honors. From young weanling colts to two-year-old geldings, see which horses come out with the highest accomplishments. Across this three-day equestrian event, cheer on competitors in Western riding, saddleseat, reining, barrels and ranch classes, as well as newly added cattle classes. Visit www.allamericanappaloosacongress.com for details.
The AQHYA World Youth Championship Quarter Horse Show arrives in Oklahoma City. This is one of the top youth events in the country. Witness as more than 1,200 horses from all 50 states and half a dozen countries compete in several equestrian events including cutting, reining, jumping and much more. The event also boasts a free trade show complete with more than 60 vendors including equestrian products, home decor and the latest in fashion. Visit www.aqha.com/youthworld for additional information.
Learn the art of bull riding from a seasoned professional and world champion operating out of Henryetta. During three-day bull riding courses at Terry Don West Bull Riding School, PRCA World Champion Terry Don West will pass along priceless tips and bits of wisdom collected over his 25-year bull riding career. Aspiring bull riders can learn the basics, sharpen their skills and correct bad habits with the help of this Bull Riding Hall of Fame bull rider. Visit www.terrydonwest.com 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.
Held each year on the second Saturday in August, the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival celebrates the local crop of watermelons with watermelon-themed activities, carnival rides and plenty of old-fashioned, family friendly entertainment for all. The Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, held continuously since 1948, has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Oklahoma, attracting over 20,000 visitors each year and serving upwards of 50,000 pounds of juicy, ripe melon to festival-goers.
Watch the Shawnee skyline transform into a mix of bright, brilliant colors as hot air balloons launch from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds. During the FireLake Balloon Festival, visitors can embark on a scenic balloon ride in one of 30 balloons on site.
Feast on delicious entrees and snacks from various food trucks at Riverwind Casino’s Beats & Bites music and food truck festival. Try a taco from Big Truck Tacos or slather on the barbecue sauce at The Flying Pig BBQ. Take a bit of Cajun food from the La Gumbo Ya Ya truck, and treat your tastebuds to sweet bites at St. Paddy Cakes. Visit www.riverwind.com for more information.
Come watch more than 100 small aircraft fly-in and land on the 2,000-ft grass airstrip on the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, located just east of Oologah and bordering Oologah Lake. This event celebrates Will Rogers and Wiley Post’s many contributions to aviation. Bring your own lawn chairs, talk to the pilots and see their planes up close. Other attractions include children’s activities like a petting zoo and giant inflatables, a Cherokee storyteller, a classic car show, food vendors and free tours of the Will Rogers Birthplace home and Amish barn.
Anadarko’s annual American Indian Expo showcases the arts, crafts and traditions of 13 plains Indian tribes. This event also features one of the largest American Indian parades in Oklahoma. Long championed as the first and only all-Indian operated cultural event of its kind, the American Indian Expo has garnered a wide variety of notoriety and acclaim over the years. For additional information, call 405-638-2128.