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Round Barn Celebrates 20th Anniversary
20th Anniversary of the Reconstruction and Dedication of the Round Barn in Arcadia
Make plans to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the restoration and dedication of the Round Barn, Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place on the grounds of the historic Round Barn near Arcadia, 107 E. Highway 66.
Activities throughout the day will include live bluegrass and folk music performances and jam sessions, square dancing exhibitions, a classic car cruise-in, and a ceremony at 2 p.m. with speakers including Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, State Representative Lewis Moore, and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch. A special award will be presented to Beverly White, the first president of the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society. Food concessions will be provided by the POPS mobile food truck.
In 2011, the Round Barn documented 31,000 visitors, representing all 50 states, and 57 countries. Since the barn’s restoration and opening 20 years ago, nearly 500,000 visitors have stopped in for a peek at this truly unique attraction. Round Barn spokesman Jimmy Blue credits the tireless efforts and hours given by volunteers over the years to keep the doors of the Round Barn open for viewing . “This structure is truly an architectural marvel to see, particularly the impressive ceiling that displays intricate woodworking creating the dome-shaped roof,” says Blue. “With its proximity on Route 66, and being listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this landmark has remained an Oklahoma icon for tourists traveling the Mother Road and beyond.”
The Round Barn is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission and volunteers offering guided tours, as needed. A gift shop on site offers a variety of Round Barn and Route 66 merchandise. Farm implements are displayed on the grounds, and the upstairs loft can be rented for parties, meetings or special events. For more information, visit www.arcadiaroundbarn.com or call (405) 401-8694.