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Can’t-miss Fall Events and Activities in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country
By Tourism Industry Partner
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Situated at the crossroads of I-35 and I-40, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, offers an abundance of events, attractions and destinations to entertain the whole family this fall.
“Central Oklahoma Frontier Country is the perfect place to plan getaways this fall with all of the events and activities there are to do this time of year,” said Sherri Rogers, Executive Director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “Frontier Country is centrally located and easy to get to for quick trips on fall break.”
- El Reno Arts & History Celebration, Sept. 24-25, Lake El Reno. Enjoy craft booths, history activities, live entertainment, fine arts, demonstration arts, children’s activities, food and a variety of Oklahoma talent and flavor. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Guthrie. The celebration of Bluegrass music includes Byron Berline along with his band and the best bluegrass artists in the world.
- Oklahoma Czech Festival, Oct. 1, Downtown Yukon. Beginning at 8 a.m., Yukon celebrates their Czech heritage with this free one-day festival featuring numerous activities including a parade at 10 a.m., carnival, crafts, Czech dancing and food. The festival finale is a dance at Czech Hall.
- STOCKtoberfest, Oct.1, Historic Stockyards City in Oklahoma City. The first-ever beer festival in Historic Stockyards City. Local and regional beers will be available for sample along with food and live music in a block party atmosphere from 5 to 9 p.m.
Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
- Daze in a Maze, Sept. 3-Nov.27, Jantz Family Farm in Marshall. The farm features a 300,000 square-foot living field maze, hay bale maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkin patch, playground, campfire site and more. Open Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $7 for ages four and up.
- Orr Family Farm, Sept. 24-Nov. 5, Oklahoma City. A variety of fall activities to entertain the whole family including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, fishing pond, pony rides and Oklahoma’s only zip line. Operating days and ticket prices vary.
- Chickasha Corn Maize, Sept. 24-Nov. 13, Reding Farm in Chickasha. The Maize at Reding Farm is Oklahoma’s largest corn maze covering 35 acres. Reding Farm is complete with hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, train rides, campfire and large sand box. From Oct. 1-31 experience the 25-minute walk-through haunted maize. Open Tuesday-Sunday and ticket prices vary.
- Shawnee Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 1-Nov. 5, Mikles Family Farm in Shawnee. Plenty of activities for an entire day at the farm. The five-acre corn maze of thick, tall stalks features more than two miles of walking trails to trek through in daylight or dark. Also enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, farm animals, campfire and a pumpkin patch with more than 25 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and ornamental squash. Open Friday-Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children and seniors.
- BooVille at FrightFest, Oct. 1-30, Frontier City in Oklahoma City. The kid-friendly BooVille at Frontier City includes a Trick-or-Treat Trail, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, face painting and more. Open Friday-Sunday with regular park admission.
- “The Return of Elegance: An Evening Wear Collection”, Through Sept. 2012, Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The latest fashion exhibit showcasing 29 evening gowns (1912-1985) from the textile collection of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Many of the gowns were worn by Oklahoma women at inaugural balls, society events and other special occasions. Also featured in the exhibit are fashion accessories including footwear and evening bags.
- “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs”, Oct. 1-Jan. 8, Sam Noble Museum in Norman. An interactive exhibition that delves into the fascinating history and evolution of dogs. Wolf to Woof is the largest, most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever to examine the history, biology and evolution of dogs and the role of dogs in human societies.
- “Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby”, Sept. 23-Jan. 8, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Best known as the longtime home of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who captured some of the most stunning scenery in her paintings. Practicing and exhibiting fine-art photographer Craig Varjabedian portrays this 32-square-mile spread in the traveling exhibition.
- “Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam”, Oct. 13-Jan. 6, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In this exhibition, experience the journey to Vietnam through the Oklahoma soldiers who lived it. Exhibition by the Vietnam Graffiti Project.
- “No Heaven Awaits Us: Contemporary Chinese Photography & Video”, Oct. 22-Dec. 30, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. Photographers featured in the exhibit portray a wide array of styles and subject matter that have made Chinese photography one of the most exciting aspects of the contemporary art scene. Oct. 22 also marks the opening of the new Stuart Wing at the Museum and the Installation of the Eugene B. Adkins Collection along with many reinstallations of other permanent collections.
Other Can’t-Miss Fall Events
- Tombstone Tales, Sept. 17, Historic Fort Reno in El Reno. Historic re-enactors portray individuals interred at the Fort Reno Post cemetery from 1874-1948. A chuck wagon dinner is included along with guided walks through authentic 19th century encampments. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children.
- Day Out with Thomas, Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 29-Oct.2, Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City. Enjoy a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, storytelling, live music, moon walks, magician and much more fun. Tickets for ages two and up are $16 in advance online and $18 at the door.
- Oklahoma Derby Day, Oct. 16, Remington Park in Oklahoma City. The biggest day during Remington’s Thoroughbred racing season. The first Remington Park race on Oklahoma Derby Day is set for 1:30 p.m. with plenty of other free activities for the whole family throughout the day. Thoroughbred racing season continues through Dec. 10.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501-c6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma. For more information on these fall events or to request free literature, get coupons and to see a complete fall calendar of events, visit oktourism.com or call (800) 386-6552.
Public Relations Manager
Frontier Country Marketing Association
822 N. Broadway Ave. | Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405.232.6552 | 800.386.6552 | fax: 405.232.6556