Mayfest a Springtime Highlight in Tulsa

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ARTFUL RECEPTION: Members of the Rotary Club of Tulsa gathered for a reception during a recent Mayfest. From left, front, are Karen Keith, Trish Kerkstra, John Dellavedova and Stuart McDaniel. Standing from left are Keegan Young, Tim Colwell, John Roush, Brenda Melancon, Caryl Kuykendall, Claudette Rogers, Jack Haus, Cheryl Northness, Dale Astle, Tom Klenda and Donna Mercier.

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Mayfest will spread throughout downtown Tulsa May 19 through May 22. The Junior League of Tulsa created the festival in 1973, when the members decided to give a gift to the city.

Members of the organization organized an event called Jubilee that would feature art, a variety of musicians and dancing. The successful event became known as Mayfest.

Thousands of visitors attend and have made the event possible year after year. To learn more about Mayfest, visit or call 918-582-6435.

Bixby will celebrate the 10th Annual BBQ’n Music Festival May 6 through 7 in Washington Irving Memorial Park. The winding trails will be lined with up to 100 teams and a variety of musicians throughout the event.

Teams, made up of businesses and friends, will prepare their unique recipes on site while judges determine who is the best of the best in a variety of categories. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste the recipes and meet with the cooks.
Featured musicians will include Stars Go Dim and Candy Coburn. For more information, visit or call 918-369-4500.

The Jenks Herb and Plant Festival will transform Main Street into a large garden filled with flowers, trees, and vegetables April 23. Having won a variety of awards from the state, the festival is sure to surprise all who attend.

For 15 years, gardeners have gathered in Jenks to display unique herbs and plants for visitors. Education is key to the Jenks Garden Club as they organize the festival each year.

The Creek County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and provide insight about planting newly purchased plants and maintaining them throughout the season. To find out more, visit or call 918-299-0007.

Owasso Trail Days has become a tradition for many families in the area to attend May 12-15. The early 1950’s brought growth and prosperity to the Owasso community and in order to celebrate, leaders created what was then known as Progress Days.

Today, the annual celebration continues under the name Owasso Trail Days and brings together the entire community in a staple of traditions and fun activities.
Included are the Owasso Trail Days Parade, Carnival, Home and Business Show, Trail Run and Pet Fest. For more information, visit or call 918-272-2141.

The 80th Annual Rooster Days will be held May 12-15 among the historic buildings on Main Street in Broken Arrow. Having been established in 1931, the festival is the oldest in the state of Oklahoma and continues to bring thousands of visitors each year.

The Chamber of Commerce originally came up with the idea to designate a day for selling roosters to nearby towns. Raising chickens and selling eggs were very important to residents and the roosters ruined the eggs.

Today, the festival features a variety of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. Exciting rides, talented musicians, creative art, tasty food and a traditional parade fill the streets. For more information, visit or call 918-251-1518.

All of the festivals bring not only a fun spring activity to the area but also attention to the history and talents that comprise Greater Tulsa.

Updated 04-19-2011

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