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.
Experience living history at its best at the Spring Mountain Man Encampment with approximately 125 tents and teepees set up for this annual Western heritage event formerly known as the Spring Traders Encampment. Spend the weekend at Woolaroc in Bartlesville and join participants from all over the United States as they recreate the rugged pioneer life of the men and women who trapped and traded throughout 1820s and 1840s-era Indian Territory. Step back in time at the Spring Mountain Man Encampment and observe their lifestyle, learn about their backgrounds and interests, watch their craft demonstrations and check out their wares. The public is invited to browse through the encampment while enjoying food and living history demonstrations. For more information, call 918-336-0307.
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.
The Made in Oklahoma Festival in Seminole is a great opportunity to browse food, wine, crafts and a number of other products that are Oklahoma grown and Oklahoma made. Local crafters will display and sell their homemade wares, and a wide assortment of food vendors will offer delicious eats on Main Street. Festivities will also include the popular wine-tasting tent for sampling locally-produced wines,a golf tournament, a spaghetti dinner and a car show. Celebrate the products of this great state by attending the Made in Oklahoma Festival. You never know what you might find. Visit www.seminoleokchamber.org for more information.
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.