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Arts & Entertainment

April 15, 2009

Arts and Heritage Festival this weekend

STILLWATER — The Stillwater Arts and Heritage Festival has outgrown its venue two times since its humble beginnings as a local art show more than 30 years ago.

Over the years, the festival has evolved to become a regional event. This weekend, artists and entertainers are coming from as far away as South Dakota to participate in the 32nd Annual Stillwater Arts and Heritage Festival, which takes place at Couch Park.

The festivities will include live performances, crafts, educational opportunities, and art displays, geared toward demonstrating Oklahoma’s history and culture. Click here for more from the Arts and Heritage Festival Web site.

“It’s just a really wonderful event to bring the family to,” said Sherry Fletcher, Stillwater public relations director.

Entertainment will include fan favorites, like the Dancing Eagles, a Native American couple who dance and tell stories, as well as new acts, like Kowboy Kal, the former Guinness Book World Record holder for the largest wedding ring loop.

In other acts, the Old West Production Company, a reenactment group, will perform gunfights and comedy routines, while world champion bull fighter and funny man Tuffy Gessling greets people with his 2,200 pound Brahman Bull. Stillwater will also have the privilege of introducing the new Pawnee Bill, who will replace Wayne Spears, who retired.

“It should be a full two days,” Fletcher said.

Desiree Michaelson, grants coordinator for the city and one of many organizers of the festival, said there will be arts represented from virtually every type of medium, including visual arts and performing arts.

“We’ve got some really top-notch, world class artists from both arenas who will be on-hand,” she said.

The festival also features a children’s activity area with a variety of traditional activities, like sack races, which were invented in Oklahoma, steer roping, buffalo chip tosses, three-legged races, and more.

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