The Rotary Club of Bixby will host its 16th annual ’n Blues Festival May 5-6, to be held at Washington Irving Memorial Park.
Proceeds from the event are used by the Rotary Club of Bixby to fund various community projects and organizations.
The event will feature a number of family-friendly activities, including its Kids Zone, with inflatable jumpers, a petting zoo, train rides and pony rides. Tickets cost $10 for an all-day pass.
The Sam’s Club People’s Choice competition will take place May 6. Everyone who purchases a $10 People’s Choice Award Taster Kit can participate. A limited number of kits will be available for purchase on the day of the competition from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tasting begins at 11:30 a.m.
Live music will be on the schedule both days of the festival, with performances beginning at 5:30 p.m. on May 5 and at 1:30 p.m. on May 6.
Also on hand will be the 2017 Great American Cookout, presented by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The tour visits some of the biggest and best barbeque contests, festivals and retail locations throughout the nation.
In its 11th year, the Great American Cookout will stop at over 50 retail locations and 20 food festivals throughout the tour’s seven months on the road. experts Mike and Christine Peters will share grilling tips and free samples with event attendees.
For more information, visit bixbyrotarybbq.com.
Bixby Freedom Celebration: June 30
The Bixby Freedom Celebration began in 2015 as a way to bless the community of Bixby, notes The Bridge Church Pastor Orlando Juarez.
“We wanted to give the city of Bixby its very own Independence Day celebration and fireworks display.”
The third annual Bixby Freedom Celebration, sponsored by The Bridge Church and other area businesses, will be held on June 30 at The Bridge Church’s undeveloped property on the northwest corner of 121st Street and Memorial Drive.
“We want to make the focus of the event all about what’s going right in our community and in our country. It’s about celebrating our freedom and those who have helped make it possible with the best fireworks show available,” says Pastor Juarez.
“Without God’s love and overwhelming blessing, this event couldn’t continue to serve the community as it has in the past.”
Attendance for the event’s inaugural year equaled approximately 5,000 and more than doubled in 2016.
For 2017, the celebration will feature additional food vendors, a larger Kids Zone, and a distinguished guest speaker line-up, including Congressman Jim Bridenstine and Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The presentation will be emceed by ’s Pat Campbell and will include a public swearing-in ceremony of military recruits.
Organizers expect close to 20,000 attendees for the June event.
As in years past, admission into the event is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities.
The grounds open at 4:30 p.m., with food trucks to begin serving at 5 p.m. and the patriotic presentation to begin at 8 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit bixbyfreedomcelebration.com or call 918-394-4330.