B.A. Celebrates 90 Years of Great Rooster Days Festivities
By BOB LEWIS
The weather was spectacular and the crowds large and in unusually high spirits as Broken Arrow used the Labor Day weekend to celebrate Oklahoma’s longest running community festival.
Now in its 90th year, Rooster Days was presented by TTCU Federal Credit Union, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Broken Arrow. The GTR Media Group was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the four-day event that this year included a Beer Garden complete with TVs so visitors won’t miss a beat during the sports-packed weekend.
Festivities included two different runs, a traditional Main Street Parade and a highly competitive cornhole tournament along with carnival rides and the annual Miss Rooster Days competition won this year by Annie Rose Duncan, a senior at Broken Arrow High School where she is a cheerleader and plays soccer. She has a home-based business that includes jewelry creations. Her designs can be found on Instagram @daringdelights.
Rooster Days began in 1931 to help enhance what at that time was a thriving poultry industry in Broken Arrow. The secretary-manager of the chamber, Leo S. Wortman, came up with the idea of establishing a special day for farmers to bring their excess roosters to market. That first year, more than two tons of birds were processed for sale.
Over the years, roosters were gradually replaced by entertainment activities ranging from live wrestling matches to rodeos and personal appearances by some of the region’s most popular musical groups.
“TTCU is passionate about our community and is honored to sponsor an event that means so much to Broken Arrow.” said Rosie Kramer, Business Development Partner for TTCU Federal Credit Union.