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GREETINGS AND WELCOME An invitation to ‘Dream Big’

Ronald J. Norick

Timothy J. O’Toole

BY RONALD J. NORICK AND TIMOTHY J. O’TOOLE

The 107th edition of the Oklahoma State Fair will start Thursday, Sept. 12, and we invite you to join us and “Dream Big.” We started preparing for this year’s event the minute the 2012 state fair came to a close. We have all “Dreamed Big” this year planning many new things to do and making sure all the old favorites are included in the schedule of events, exhibits, and activities. The Oklahoma State Fair’s first-ever benefit auction of award-winning works, selected from the 2013 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition will occur pre-fair Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. We are excited to salute the creativity of our state’s students. We will establish a college scholarship fund for Oklahoma’s most promising visual artists from the proceeds of the auctioned student and donated artwork. New activities have been added to the Dr Pepper Family Fun Zone that you won’t want to miss. Thrill seekers will have an opportunity to soar across 200 feet of zip line and over the heads of friends and family members. The FREE Lego Road Trip interactive attraction will offer kids of all ages the chance to build with LEGO bricks each day. A variety of different games and challenges will be held daily and every visitor will receive a LEGO giveaway. It wouldn’t be the Oklahoma State Fair without spectacular shows in the Jim Norick Arena. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After will have 10 shows beginning Sept. 12 and closing Tuesday, Sept. 17. The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will feature

The theme for the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair is “Dream Big.” Old favorites and new exhibits are included in the lineup for the fair, which begins Sept. 12. Above, fairgoers enjoy the a ride during the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

the Eli Young Band on Friday night, Sept. 20, and Clay Walker on Saturday night, Sept. 21. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Chickasaw Entertainment Stage features a varied and exceptional lineup of free performances every evening. In addition to that outstanding outdoor location, we also offer live musical performances at the OPUBCO Pavilion, the

Wine and Beer Garden, and on the Bandshell Stage. Free entertainment can be found in just about every corner of State Fair Park. This year we have both new and returning favorites, including the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, the Swampmaster Gator Show, Richard Hight (renowned speed painter), Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Comedy Hypnotist Dale

K, the Great American Petting Zoo & Pony Trail Rides, Allen’s Original Redwood Log House, the Butterfly House and Farmyard Follies. We look forward to your attendance at the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair. Make lasting memories with family and friends. Thank you for your patronage.

OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR For daily coverage and more information on the Oklahoma State Fair, go online to NewsOK.com/ statefair.


Memories will be born at state fair Ken Raymond

kraymond@ opubco.com

The Ferris wheel spins after sunset at last year’s Oklahoma State Fair, looking like a giant, gleaming yo-yo in the middle of the midway.

STAFF WRITER

About a million people are expected to attend this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. And why wouldn’t they? The state fair is one of Oklahoma’s most anticipated annual events, an extravaganza of sights and sounds with something for everyone. Whether they enjoy rodeo and livestock, carnival rides and games, sideshow attractions and cultural demonstrations, attendees will find something — and probably far more than one thing — that calls to them. Perhaps the strongest lure is nostalgia. Adults still can recall the exciting scares they felt as children, racing from one whirling amusement to the next, clutching white-knuckled to safety bars and handles, spinning in one direction or another. They remember encroaching crowds, carnival barkers and the taste of salty sweet snacks. And they want their own children to develop similar memories, continuing traditions carried over for generations. All these people, all ages, all ethnicities, all drawn to the state fair because for 11days in September, there’s no better place to be. “The carnival will have in excess of 70 rides,” said Timothy J. O’Toole, president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma State Fair Inc. “More and more of them have been outfitted in LED lights, so the night time show is brighter. “We can’t control the weather … but we have a lot of activities inside that aren’t affected by rain or heat or anything else: exhibits, creative arts, indoor entertainment. There’s a lot to do regardless of temperature.” That’s a bit of an understatement.

PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

Setting up shop In addition to rides and games, 600 to 650 exhibitors will set up shop at State Fair Park, offering health and medical information, advertising landscaping or building services and pitching all kinds of products, everything from “Made in Oklahoma” items to Jacuzzis, tractors, jewelry and leather goods. About 140 food vendors also will open for business, including some offering exotic (and terrifyingly calorific) treats. “Bacon is once again very strong on our menu,” O’Toole said. “One that stuck out to me is the bacon-wrapped caramel apple, but there are really about 15 new things this year. Crawfish enchiladas. Deep-fried butter on a stick. Deep-fried watermelon with a marshmallow cream dipping sauce. “The fair food is always one of the traditional but at the same time new and unique things that happen every year.” It’s amazing how quickly everything gets set up. “We’re basically throwing together a little city on the property,” said Scott Munz, vice president of marketing and public re-

lations. “Support services, food vendors, attractions — it’s its own little entity. From about the first of August, we’re building the whole thing and moving temporary buildings in place.” Accomplishing that requires the help of an army of workers, including temporary workers and volunteers who take vacations from their everyday jobs so they can assist. “We have a great staff here, people who have been engaged here for a long time,” O’Toole said. “Their sole goal is to be part of a fun family experience. It’s very rewarding to see them doing this.” The fair wasn’t always this massive or diverse. Like all great things, it had small beginnings and developed in fits and starts. The first official Oklahoma State Fair was held in 1907; admission was 25 cents, and the main attraction was horse racing, an activity that was banned several years later. Slowly the fair grew, though, surviving through the rough years of World War I and the Great Depression. “During World War II, several state fairs, including that of Tex-

as, closed, but Oklahoma’s remained open except for the 1945 run,” wrote Larry O’Dell in the online Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. “The wartime fair used the opportunity to educate the public, to raise civilian morale and to exhibit the U.S. armed forces’ equipment and prowess.” The fair moved to its current location in 1954, draining the fair board’s coffers and turning the event into a money-losing proposition for the next two years, O’Dell wrote. The fair’s fortunes improved when Edward L. Gaylord was elected board president in 1962, ushering in a period of growth and development. Buildings were erected on the fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds Arena opened in 1965. A monorail and the Arrows to Atoms Space Tower were built. Attendance boomed.

Fair’s evolution The fair constantly is evolving, though. The antiquated monorail was torn down in 2005, and this will be the third straight year that passengers will not be able to

ride in the Space Tower. “The control system and apparatus for the ... ride itself was damaged in May 2010 in the floods,” O’Toole said. “The system itself is actually underground. While the needle will be lit, the (ride) carousel will not be operational this year.” But more improvements are on the way, funded in part by Metropolitan Area Improvements (MAPS) money. Fair officials had hoped that visitors would enjoy updates to the West Covered Arena this year, but this year’s severe storms prevented workers from completing construction of a new cover. “The construction was 98 percent complete when the May 31 storms hit,” O’Toole said. “It (the cover) has since been replaced, but the arena will not be open for this fair. ... The winds were such that they literally bent the steel beams. The circulation never touched the ground, but the winds were significant enough.” Soon after the 2014 fair ends, the Travel and Transportation Building will be razed to make way for a new, 300,000-squarefoot expo building. In fact, since 2005, about $90 million worth of new construction has taken place at State Fair Park. Parking is easier. Pathways are wider. “We’ve upgraded the level of entertainment. … We’ve upgraded the whole concept of family-friendly,” Munz said. “You’ll find seating areas all over the property, including the gaming area.” More shaded areas are available, as well, providing shelter on sunny, hot days. So come out to the Oklahoma State Fair. Bring the family. Enjoy concerts from country stars Clay Walker and the Eli Young Band and ’80s rockers Loverboy. Watch pigs race. Check out the one-ring circus. Eat something unhealthy. Make new memories. And know that the fair just keeps getting better and better.


Interns help keep state fair planning on track Planning the Oklahoma State Fair is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor. This year’s crew includes four interns who have taken on tasks ranging from public relations to booking bands and organizing the student art exhibition. Here’s an introduction to the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair interns: NHU LUU

KATIE REDDICK I Age: 22 I School: Katie attended Ada High School and graduated in 2013 from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she studied public relations. I Internship: Special events and attractions. I What she does: Katie lined up entertainment for the fair, including arrangements with ACM@UCO, the contemporary music academy headquartered in Bricktown. I Her favorite fair foods: Fried Snickers, corn dogs, Indian tacos. I Find Katie: Around the Bandshell Stage, Centennial Plaza, Entertainment Plaza and other venues.

Intern Nhu Luu stands with a student’s sculpture, which will be on display during the state fair.

NATHAN PACKER I Age: 22 I School: Nathan attended Welch High School and will graduate in December from UCO with a major in public relations and minors in advertising and journalism. I Internship: Press relations, social media. I What he does: Nathan’s duties include writing scripts for state fair radio spots. An excerpt: (Kid): Mom, Dad. We need to talk. The Oklahoma State Fair is coming up. We need to get our tickets on Saturday! (Mom): Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. I can’t wait until Disney On Ice! (Dad): I can’t wait for Eli Young Band, Clay Walker and the Extreme Bulls! (Kid): Don’t forget about the free concerts everyday on the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage! (Mom): I can’t wait for the corndogs and cinnamon rolls and the Ferris wheel and the Clydesdales, and the roasted corn and the trick ropers and the pigs… (Dad): Why can’t it be September already? I His favorite fair foods: Turkey leg, corn dog, funnel cakes. I Find Nathan: Documenting the fair with photos and fielding questions on social media — another “help desk” for fair visitors. I Online: https://www.facebook.com/ OKStateFair.

Interns Katie Reddick and Taylor Rone look at students’ work. PHOTOS BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN

TAYLOR RONE I Age: 21 I School: Taylor attended Moore High School and plans to attend Oklahoma State University. She is interested in getting a large animal veterinarian license. I Internship: AGtropolis, a “very popular attraction” with families that tells the story of Oklahoma agriculture. “Who wouldn’t want to see little baby animals?” she said. I What she does: Taylor’s duties include recruiting FFA chapters to provide student volunteers for AGtropolis. Taylor’s role is a tough one to fill, combining computer literacy and a knowledge of agriculture, said Jenny Grigsby, the fair’s director of public relations & integrated media. I Her favorite fair foods: Chocolatecovered cheesecake on a stick, curly fries, Gator bites. I Find Taylor at: AGtropolis, the Barnyard Birthing Center. I Online: http://okstatefair.com/content/ city-agtropolis, http://okstatefair.com/ content/barnyard-birthing-center.

I Age: 23 I School: Nhu attended high school in Vietnam. She graduated in 2013 from UCO, where she majored in international business, with a minor in marketing. I Internship: Creative programs, student art exhibition. I What she does: Nhu helped organize the annual Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. Award-winning work selected from the exhibition will be selected for the first Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition Auction. Proceeds will benefit the students and fund art scholarships to be awarded beginning in 2014. I Her favorite fair foods: Turkey leg, funnel cakes, caramel apples. I Find Nhu: At the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. I Online: http://okstatefair.com/content/ oklahoma-student-art-exhibition-0. WILLIAM CRUM, STAFF WRITER


Oklahoma welcomes back Eli Young Band Brandy McDonnell bmcdonnell@ opubco.com

STAFF WRITER

When the Eli Young Band played the opening day of the 2011 Oklahoma State Fair, fans were just starting to go crazy over “Crazy Girl.” Two years later, the Texas country-rockers are enjoying a new level of success thanks to their double-platinum breakout ballad, which became the group’s first No. 1 hit, Billboard’s most-played country song of 2011 and the Academy of Country Music’s 2012 song of the year. The uplifting follow-up single “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” also topped the charts and notched platinum sales. “I remember that show, and there was just so many people (who) came out to support, which was awesome. But Oklahoma’s always been good to us, and we’ve been playing there for a long time,” said the band’s guitarist and co-founder James Young in a recent phone interview from Illinois, where the quartet was winding down its summer stint as openers on Kenny Chesney’s tour. “I guess what’s really changed with us is with the success of ‘Breaks Your Heart’ and ‘Crazy Girl,’ we’ve been able to travel all over the world and play music and have people sing it back to us. It’s just been great.” The quartet — singer/guitarist Mike Eli, bassist Jon Jones, drummer Chris Thompson and Young — will return to the Oklahoma State Fair when the band plays as part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour Sept. 20 at Jim Norick Arena. “This Chesney tour has taken us all over, but it’ll be great to get back home to Texas and Oklahoma. I mean, we consider Oklahoma home, too,” Young said. “It’s been a blast this summer, but it’ll be fun to get back to

Mike Eli, of the Eli Young Band, accepts the award for song of the year for “Crazy Girl” at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. AP FILE PHOTO

GOING ON PRCA XTREME BULLS TOUR AND CONCERTS AT THE OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR I Featuring: PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Eli Young Band. I When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. I Where: Jim Norick Arena. I Admission: $18-25. I Tickets: 948-6800 or www.okstatefair.com.

our own crowds and playing our full set.” Along with trekking across the United States on tours with Chesney and Dierks Bentley, the group made its way into Australia last year. “They love country music over there. We played a few festivals, and then we went out and we did a handful of dates with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, which was amazing. It’s pretty awesome. We’re getting to go back next year,” Young said, add-

ing that he and his cohorts hope to make a United Service Organization jaunt to Japan, too. Their wider success also afforded them the chance to appear alongside country superstars like Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood and Rascal Flatts on the new tribute album “Alabama & Friends,” which also features two tracks from influential and recently reunited hitmakers Alabama. “We did ‘The Closer You Get,’ and Randy Owen and a couple of

the guys were in there. It was just amazing to be there with one of your musical heroes growing up and being in the studio recording and laying down that song with them right there in the control room. So that’s definitely been a perk,” Young said.

New album to come In addition, he and his bandmates have been working on a new album of their own, the follow-up to 2011’s “Life at Best,” which featured their breakout hits “Crazy Girl” and “Even if It Breaks Your Heart.” They released “Drunk Last Night,” the leadoff single from their upcoming project, over the summer, and it notched their highest debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, bowing at No. 23. “When we first started playing it this summer, nobody really knew it before it started getting radio play — and it’s still in its infancy on radio right now — it was one of those songs that people

grabbed a hold of and started clapping and trying to mouth the words,” Young said, adding the band hopes to have a few new songs ready to play by the time it arrives at the Oklahoma State Fair. “The reaction’s been amazing, and once it starts to get up the charts a little bit on country radio, I think it’ll really resonate. I mean, it’s a song that kind of resonates with people; you know, it’s a true-life kind of deal.” He said the lyrics about giving in to a painful memory of lost love might have extra resonance for the band members after they indulge in a few deep-fried fair delicacies. “It’s usually after the show is over, and we’ve had a few cocktails. And your willpower breaks down a little bit, and you go for that corn dog or, you know, whatever fried on a stick there is,” Young said wryly. “We may have to write a modified chorus for fair and festival season.”


Clay Walker rides the Xtreme Bulls Tour BY BRANDY MCDONNELL

GOING ON

Entertainment Writer bmcdonnell@opubco.com

Clay Walker can’t imagine a more serene spot than the center of a cattle herd. It’s interesting, then, that the country singer will perform Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma State Fair after the night’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls Tour action, which is guaranteed to be anything but a tranquil experience for the cowboys who take on the bucking bovines. “When I was growing up, I did junior rodeos and junior bulls, and I tried a little bit of team roping. And it’s fun. Now, I really enjoy equestrian stuff, and I have cattle. I love cattle. ... I love ranching. And the most peaceful thing to me is to sit in the middle of a bunch of cows. It really puts me at the greatest peace. You know, if you have cows, you don’t need a psychiatrist,” he said, laughing. While the Texas native has such rodeo bona fides as a seventh-place finish in the cutting horse competition at the Houston Livestock Rodeo under his belt buckle, his passion always has been music. “I like performing. I love singing. It’s just something that I’ve developed even more love for throughout my entire career. I guess that’s how you know it was a true passion is that it has not grown old, and it’s actually just gotten sweeter,” he said in a recent interview from Washington state, where he was enjoying the weather in between shows, but added “we’re ready to get back down south, though, for sure.” Over the summer, Walker, 44, marked the 20th anniversary of his 1993 debut single “What’s It to You,” which also became his first No. 1 hit. “There was a lot of emotion in it because even though I was very young, I had worked or at least thought of doing that since I was really young, since I

PRCA XTREME BULLS TOUR AND CONCERTS AT THE OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR I Featuring: PRCA Xtreme Bulls and Clay Walker. I When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. I Where: Jim Norick Arena. I Admission: $18-25. I Tickets: 948-6800 or www.okstatefair.com.

Clay Walker was probably 12 or 13 years old. It’s an overwhelming feeling when you want something that bad and it happens. And it’s everything you would hope it would be and then some,” he said. His follow-up single, 1994’s “Live Until I Die,” also topped the charts, and he accumulated a total of six No. 1s, including “Dreaming with My Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make a Liv-

ing,” “This Woman and This Man” and “Rumor Has It”. Over the past two decades, he has recorded 10 albums, with his latest, 2010’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, earning largely positive reviews and scoring a Top 5 single with the title track. He credits the versatility he learned coming up on the Texas honky tonk circuit for helping

him to build such a long, successful career. “It’s really knowing who you are as a singer, and I think I’ve been pretty good at that,” Walker said. “I think that you have to take some of the trends that are around you — and I think country music is going through quite a trend right now — and you have to embrace what’s happening and learn how to — I don’t want to use

the word adapt ’cause I don’t think it’s that drastic — but I think you have to really see if that trend is solid. And if it is, you find which piece of it that you fit into.” He said he appreciates the “rawness” of current country music popularized by the likes of Jason Aldean, Colt Ford and Jamey Johnson, but more than that, he relishes the opportunities to make music in the changing music industry. After spending his entire career on various labels — he released his first six albums on Giant Records which shuttered in 2001, later recorded for Warner Bros. and RCA, and most recently cut two albums for Curb Records — Walker said he is excited to be working as an independent artist for the first time. “I got my release (from Curb) in March. So, it’s been a really calm feeling to be off of that label and to have just a rest to really make up my mind where I want to go and what’s gonna be a good fit for me — and more importantly, what art I’m gonna make,” he said. “I can’t tell you how ... liberating that that feels. So I’m going to record music that I love and think is viable and then go get a record deal. In my 20-year career I’ve been never been free to do that.”


State’s top teacher to be named A dozen teachers from across the state are finalists in the annual Oklahoma Teacher of the Year contest. The 2014 honoree will be named Sept. 17 in a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair. Local school districts select their best teachers, and the state Education Department administers the statewide contest. A statewide committee will interview the finalists and select a winner. The winner receives a hefty payout. Last year, winner Elaine Hutchison, of Fairview, received about $50,000 in prizes, including use of a car for the year and a weeklong trip to Space Camp. The winner is also in the running for the title of National Teacher of the Year and will have the chance to meet President Barack Obama at a summit in Washington.

2014 HONOREES

— CARRIE COPPERNOLL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Barbara Bayless

Frank Cooper

Jentri Guinn

BARBARA BAYLESS

TERA LANDRUM

MARA RICHARDS

I James Griffith Intermediate School I Choctaw-Nicoma Park I Third-grade and reading specialist I Nine years experience

I Oak Crest Elementary School I Broken Arrow I Fifth grade I Three years experience

I Durant Middle School I Durant I Science I 15 years experience

“My job is to empower students who feel powerless. I get to make the world better, one student at a time.”

“If I teach them to have a good character, they will be influential and important. If I help them develop a strong work ethic, they will be successful in life.”

“Creating the foundation for my students that will build the rest of their lives is an honor. Without teachers there would be no other professions.”

PETER MARKES

SUSAN RINDAL

I Edmond North High School I Edmond I Orchestra and music theory I 12 years experience

I Vanoss Elementary School I Vanoss I Prekindergarten I 15 years experience

“When our students graduate, they will become spouses, co-workers, community leaders, teachers, and most importantly, parents. To do these things well, they must be kind, loving, patient and gentle.”

“I believe an outstanding teacher is one who is always striving to be better. An outstanding teacher does not become stale, doing the same thing, the same way, every day, year after year.”

DANA MOORE

CHELSEA ROBERTS

I Woodland Hills Elementary School I Lawton I Kindergarten I 19 years experience

I Woodward Middle School I Woodward I American history I Two years experience

“Teachers must be reflective about their teaching strategies and willing to make changes and accommodations that are in the best interest of all students.”

“It is vital that we connect and build meaningful relationships with our students.”

BETINA JONES-PARRA

THERESE RAWLINSON

I Noble High School I Noble I Algebra II and calculus I 21 years experience

I Jane Phillips Elementary School I Bartlesville I Fifth grade I Nine years experience

I McKinley Elementary School I Enid I Music I 42 years experience

“A good teacher will happen upon the profession in many ways, but will always be identified by a profound passion for students and student opportunities to learn.”

“As an adult, I seek to pay it forward, instilling hope and belief in children. They can be what they wish and work for, especially when they have someone behind them who really believes in them.”

FRANK COOPER

Betina JonesParra

Tera Landrum

Peter Markes

I Charles Page High School I Sand Springs I World history and religion I 20 years experience “Regardless of the activity, my primary objective is to shine light on others and make each individual feel valued. I am convinced that my mission is to touch lives and to empower my students to realize their significance.”

JENTRI GUINN I Porter High School I Porter I English I Eight years experience Dana Moore

Susan Rindal

Therese Rawlinson

Chelsea Roberts

Mara Richards

Eddie Lou Strimple

“It takes a fine balance in the classroom to meet all the mandates of the job while also meeting every student’s needs. It is my choice to make a positive impact on students’ lives, as well as meet the needs of every learner.”

EDDIE LOU STRIMPLE

“The foundation of my teaching philosophy is possibilities. Possibilities exist in every day, in every learning experience, in every class period, and in every child.”


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Promotions can help fairgoers save money Carla Hinton chinton@ opubco.com

STAFF WRITER

Amusement rides designed to thrill. Entertainment — from homespun to glamorous. Exhibits that enlighten and inform. It’s all available at the Oklahoma State Fair for the price of gate admission. And for those families looking to save money, there are discount promotions that can be tailored to fit both the

budget and the calendar. “We realize that it could be a financial burden for some people so we like to give them a lot of options,” said Scott Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations for the Oklahoma State Fair. Munz said one of the most budget-friendly promotions will be offered on opening day of the fair. He said gate admission for the first day of the fair, Sept. 12, is $2 for everyone. On Sept. 16, the “Kids’ Day” promotion will allow children up to the 12th grade to gain free admission. Munz said Sept. 17 is a

day with dual promotions. He said this day is “Armed Forces Day” so members of the military and their spouses will receive free gate admission with military ID. That same day is also “Super Saver Tuesday,” and gate admission will be $3 for everyone who doesn’t qualify for the military promotion. On “Senior Citizens Day,” Sept. 18, adults 55 and older will receive free gate admission. Munz said ID is required for this promotion. Meanwhile, with a few days left before the fair’s opening day, Oklahomans have an opportunity to take advantage of the pre-

fair discounts available through Sept. 11, the day before the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair begins. Munz said discounted gate admission tickets are available at metro-area OnCue stores, MidFirst Bank locations and Cox retail stores. He said fairgoers may save $2 off the $9 adult ticket price and $1off the $5 children’s ticket price. Munz also said that each ticket purchased for Disney On Ice or the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour by Sept. 11, will include free gate admission to the fair. Munz said fairgoers may save $10 on the purchase of an unlimited carnival ride

armbands by buying them by Sept. 11 at Walgreens stores, the Jim Norick Arena Box Office, online at www.okstatefair.com or by calling 948-6800. Munz said the regular price for the armbands is $30 Monday through Thursday and $35 Friday through Sunday. Munz said Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 are “Dr Pepper Discount Days.” On those days, fairgoers who bring an empty Dr Pepper can, may save $8 off the carnival armband price. Another value for families wishing to ride carnival rides is the Family Fun Pack that includes 30 ride coupons for $25.

He said unlimited carnival ride armbands are offered every day for rides at the main carnival lot and the Li’l Partneland that offers a fenced off children’s ride area. The unlimited ride armbands are $30 Monday through Thursday and $35 Friday through Sunday. For those who simply wish to purchase unlimited rides for the Li’l Partnerland area, armbands are available for $14 Monday through Friday and $18 Friday through Sunday. “A little planning can afford you an opportunity to save money and enjoy the fair,” Munz said.


Disney to ‘rock’ on ice at state fair BY BRANDY MCDONNELL

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Entertainment Writer bmcdonnell@opubco.com

Disney’s newest princess, the flame-haired, fiery-spirited Merida, will bravely make her debut at the Oklahoma State Fair this year. The Scottish sharpshooter from Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-winning 2012 animated film “Brave” will be among the star-studded cast of memorable Mouse House characters who will skate into the fair with Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After. The compilation show will feature classic Disney royals like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” competing alongside newcomers like Merida and Rapunzel from “Tangled” in an “America’s Got Talent”-inspired extravaganza. “It’s a talent show hosted by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald and Goofy, and ... there’s a short segment in there from ‘Pinocchio’ and there’s a short segment in there with the stepsisters from ‘Cinderella’ that all kind of tie everything together,” said Dave Browne, company manager for Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After. “It’s really ‘The World’s Got Talent’ because we have representatives from all over the world in this show.” Likewise, the cast of Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After boasts performers from across the globe. “I think we have 11 different countries represented in our cast ... and each person has been hand-selected for this production. It was quite the arduous task to put this together, because when it comes to the principal performers and characters, they have to be believable,” said

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER I When: 7:30 p.m. Sept 12-13; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14; 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17. I Where: Jim Norick Arena. I Admission: $15, $20, $25, $30, $40. I Tickets: 948-6800 or www.okstatefair.com.

Sebastian and other underwater characters from “The Little Mermaid” appear in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After. PHOTO PROVIDED

Browne, who started his “Disney On Ice” career in 1989 as a chorus and principal skater in the productions of “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin.”

‘More bang for their buck’ While Disney and production company Feld Entertainment have created many skating storybook shows that focus on a single film, Browne, 46, said compilation performances like “Rockin’ Ever After” and last year’s “Dare to Dream” have become more popular in recent years. “People are getting more of a bang for their buck. They’re get-

ting more of a variety and getting to see more of their favorite characters,” he said in a recent phone interview from his home in Buffalo, N.Y. “The older films like ‘Little Mermaid’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and things like that, they’re classics. And even the kids today, yes, the film didn’t come out when they were born, but they’ve seen them, they know the stories.” He said even grandparents can enjoy “Rockin’ Ever After” since Disney’s “Pinocchio” dates to 1940 and “Cinderella” to 1950. “The kids today, they like the ‘Brave’ and the ‘Toy Stories’ and

the modern ones, but the adults really remember the ‘Pinocchio’ and the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘The Little Mermaid.’ It’s a good mix of both,” he said. “This show is very high energy; it’s very upbeat. Right from the very first beat of music when we hit the lights, the cast comes out full force. It’s just high rockin’ nonstop.” Over the years, Browne said he has come to appreciate the energy of the Oklahoma State Fair, where “Disney On Ice” is a longstanding tradition for many families. “Oklahoma City is the first city on our tour, so it’s really a

great way for us to start off, with the great audiences, the fair and then all the fun and the atmosphere. I always look forward to it,” he said. “We’re trying to work the rehearsal schedule so that we can have some half-days and we can go out to the fair and have fun. ... It’s a great starting point for the tour because the energy’s so high.” He said fairgoers can expect to see plenty of little girls dressed as Merida, complete with voluminous scarlet wigs. He said the brave Scottish lass makes an appropriately sizzling “Disney On Ice” debut. “In the Merida scene, we have the whole archery contest, which really interests the boys because we have things exploding and pyro going off and things like that,” he said. “The lighting and the scenery and the prop movements and everything, it’s an impressive package. I don’t see how anybody could sit there and say ‘this isn’t for me.’ ... it has something for everybody.”


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Finding your oasis at state fair

The Wine & Beer Garden is just one oasis among several that offer a place to relax at the Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO PROVIDED LeighAnne Manwarren lmanwarren@ opubco.com

STAFF WRITER

Whether you need to take a break from the rides or to recover from fried food overload, the Oklahoma State Fair offers a variety of places to relax or let out your competitive spirit. A trip to the state fair wouldn’t be complete without finding your oasis.

The Good Life Wine & Beer Garden This fairly new venue is tucked away in a serene setting with live music in the evenings, allowing state fair visitors to taste wines

from the state’s vineyards. Visitors may select a wine from a number of vineyards. Don’t think it’s all about wine; handcrafted beers from Oklahoma breweries are available for purchase, as well as other kinds of wine and beer.

The Bandshell Lawn If you and your little ones are done checking out the farm animals at AGtropolis in the Oklahoma Expo Hall, a good place to visit is the Bandshell Lawn. The lawn is a place to listen to live music, watch shows like the new Swampmaster Gator Show, or watch school marching bands compete against each other in the 62nd Annual Oklahoma State Fair Band Day Parade Competition. The Band Day Parade Competition starts at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16.

Members of the Southmoore High School color guard demonstrate techniques at a clinic hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma color guard as part of last year’s Band Day activities at the state fair. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

The Okie Karaoke Contest Who doesn’t want to go pick up a microphone after a few drinks at the Wine & Beer Garden and belt out their favorite tunes? The Okie Karaoke Contest is 7 p.m. every day during the fair. Prizes are awarded to winners, but contestants must be 18 or older. Sign up starts one hour before the contest. “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” in your singing skills.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center You may know this area as the City Arts Center if you haven’t been to State Fair Park recently but it still has the great competitions and exhibits fairgoers love to visit during their time at the fair. Contests include poetry, vocals and cookie stacking. If you are a bit of a shutterbug with your digital camera, the digital

photography shoot-out contest is for you. On Sept. 15, pre-registered contestants check-in and shoot what they think are the best photos of the state fair festivities. If you don’t want to haul a camera around, you can view and vote for your favorite pictures contestants took throughout the afternoon. SOURCE:

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Hear Elvis, Loverboy and America, too George Lang

glang@ opubco.com

ASSISTANT A&E EDITOR

Traditional good times at the Oklahoma State Fair include great live music, and this year’s roster at the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage is packed with stars of country, funk pioneers, masters of metal, Mexican pop sirens, ’80s pop-rockers, ’70s soft-rockers and a legion of Elvis Presleys. Every set of these free shows will provide just the right soundtrack for a late-summer

night. Kicking things off Nashvillestyle at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 is Randy Houser, the man who wrote “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” for Trace Adkins and went on to build his career as a country solo artist. After two albums for Show Dog/Universal, Houser took the indie route this year with “How Country Feels,” featuring his collaboration with Zac Brown, “Along for the Ride.” One of the biggest arena-rock hitmakers of the early to mid-’80s, Canada’s Loverboy got lucky straight out of the gate with its 1980 debut, featuring “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonite,” then capitalized on that big start with an even

bigger follow-up, 1981’s “Get Lucky,” featuring the band’s most enduring single, “Working for the Weekend.” Loverboy continued to record through 1987’s “Wildside” before going on hiatus, but the band reconvened in 1992 and has toured regularly since. The band — featuring original members Mike Reno, guitarist Paul Dean, drummer Matt Frenette and keyboardist Doug Johnson along with former Red Rider bassist Ken Sinnaeve — performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Kelsey K, a 13-year-old country upstart from Indiana, takes the stage at 2 p.m. Sept. 14, warming up the crowd for her recent touring partner, Jerrod

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SCAN IT Scan the QR code to read George Lang’s story about performer Mike Black and the Elvis Extravaganza at the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair.

Niemann. While so many of his peers have settled into an endless “I’m more country than you are” contest on mainstream radio, Niemann’s 2012 album “Free the Music” took real chances with nontraditional arrangements in an effort to expand his genre’s musical vocabulary. Niemann will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Diana Reyes of Sinaloa, Mexico, is one of the biggest stars of

the norteno subgenre of duranguense, which adds synthesizer to the mix to pick up the bass lines usually reserved for tubas and picks up the tempo. Reyes began her career in 2001 with the more traditional “La Socia” and steadily moved into more modern territory. Reyes plays at 3 p.m. Sept. 15. SEE MUSIC, PAGE 22S


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Visual arts abound at state fair Rick Rogers rrogers@ opubco.com

FINE ARTS EDITOR

Visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair can get a glimpse of what the future of the visual arts holds at the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition, on view throughout the fair’s 11day run at Oklahoma Contemporary, 3000 Gen. Pershing Blvd. More than 1,000 works of art from 70 Oklahoma schools were submitted for the annual show. A panel of three judges narrowed the submissions to 700. Several winners were then selected in elementary, middle school and high school divisions. “When the works of art started coming in, our building was completely buried in art,” said Nancy Nortz, creative programs manager for the Oklahoma State Fair. “Along with her team of judges, Julia Kirt, executive director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, had the tough task of going through all 1,000 pieces of art. “They spent a lot of hours working through that process and then choosing the award winners. Every year we get exceptional pieces of art, but this year we added the high school category, which improved the level of the top pieces immensely.” Another new addition for 2013 is an auction to fund a

An Exceptional Merit Award work is by Sammy Nguyen, of Bethany High School.

Best of Show (high school division) artwork is by Katie Lance, of Pauls Valley.

scholarship program for 2014 Oklahoma graduating seniors who have been accepted into an accredited college or university and are pursuing a degree in any visual art related field.

Preview, auctions A preview of the Student Art Exhibition, which will include both live and silent auctions, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Oklahoma Contemporary. Fair officials will conduct a behind-the-scenes tram

tour at 6 p.m. A reception will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available to the public, but they must be reserved in advance. “We felt we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to establish this event when we had this wonderful art as a vehicle,” Nortz said. “We’ll auction off the top middle school and high school art pieces from this year’s student exhibition. Students

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An Exceptional Merit Award-winning work is by Lindsey Wilkins, of Pauls Valley Junior High School.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Details of the new scholarship program are still being worked out. An advisory committee plans to finalize everything after this year’s fair concludes. Scholarship applications will be available in January. For more information, call 948-6731 or send an email to creativeprograms@ okstatefair.com.

who gave permission for their works to be auctioned will receive half of the sale amount up to $250. “We’ve also gotten five well-known Oklahoma

artists who have each donated a piece of art to help us kick start our scholarship program. Our goal is to present between three and five $1,000 scholar-

ships at next year’s event. It will be nice to give the students a little help (with their tuition) and we hope to be able to increase how much we can offer as the


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Small stock show competitors dream big BY RACHAEL CERVENKA Staff Writer rcervenka@opubco.com

The Oklahoma State Fair is known for its big rides, concerts, food, shows and much more, but the little guys also play a big role in making the fair what it is today. Livestock and equine shows are staples of the state event taking place over 11 days at State Fair Park. The shows featuring animals, from beef and dairy, to draft horses, miniature donkeys and rabbits bring people to the city from across the state. Youth and adults and their show animals come to the park with the hope of winning the treasured blue ribbon in their individual competitions. Everyone is a winner at the Pee Wee Beef Showmanship competition. This year is the second year for this event featuring youth competitors, ages 4 to 8. Ri-

A pint-sized exhibitor shows off her entry in the Pee Wee Beef Showmanship competition. PHOTO PROVIDED BY RICHIE OAKES

chie Oakes, livestock show superintendent, created this competition last year to allow the children too young to compete

in 4H or FFA to partake in the fun of showing cattle, he said. Most have older brothers or sisters who compete in other events, so the little ones are familiar with the competition setting, but have never set foot in the ring. All pee wee competitors win a first place blue ribbon and prizes, he said. “Every one of them came out of there, and they thought they were winners and they were,” he said. The pee wee competition brought a good amount of competitors in its first year, and Oakes anticipates around 50 children to compete this year, he said. Marc Pankow, agribusiness senior manager, said many of the small animal and youth events continue to grow each year. For instance, officials are anticipating nearly 600 rabbits to be shown in this year’s rabbit show, she said. Scott Munz, vice president of market-

ing and public relations, said you don’t have to be big to dream big at the Oklahoma State Fair. Fairgoers can choose to see events with large horses or events with small rabbits; the possibilities are endless. “When people come out to the Oklahoma State Fair, they can see the whole gamut; from mighty to mini,” he said. The miniature donkey show and the Pony of the Americas shows are some of the more popular, yet mini attractions, Pankow said. These shows are tailored to youth and adults who don’t want to deal with a big animal. Oakes has been involved with the state fair for 11 years and from his experience, the small-animal and youth-oriented events are just as integral to the fair as all other events, he said. “As far as I am concerned, they are just as important to the state fair as the people who bring the large draft horses in,” he said.


7 8 seconds that seemingly last hours Bryan Painter

bpainter@ opubco.com

STAFF WRITER

Eight seconds is a lot longer than it used to be. Just ask Corey Navarre, of Weatherford, who was a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rookie in 1998 and is still competing. Navarre, now 36, can provide at least two reasons why eight seconds seems to drag its boot heels these days. “It’s not only the caliber of bulls but as my age increases too,” he said. “Eight seconds gets longer and the ground comes quicker.” PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour action comes to the Oklahoma State Fair Sept. 20-21. And although sidelined recently with injury, Navarre has made his presence felt on that tour this year. He recently returned to action and plans to be among the field at the Oklahoma State Fair. Overall in the PRCA this season, he’s earned more than $40,000 and a spot in the bull riding top 20. Looking back to 1998, Navarre, then a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, won the College National Finals Rodeo bull riding championship. That year he also qualified for the PRCA’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and left Las Vegas on a high note. The Louisiana native won the 10th round with a 93-point ride, the highest marked bull ride of that year’s finals. He’s continued to amass an impressive career which has included four WNFR qualifica-

Corey Navarre, of Weatherford, competes in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY MIKE COPEMAN, WRANGLER NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

tions and more than $900,000 in PRCA career earnings. But he’s seen changes, such as the number of really tough bulls that cowboys are required to stay aboard for 8 seconds for a qualified ride. Navarre was asked what that means not only for a cowboy’s body, but his mind. “Well physically, I mean when you’re dealing with a bull that is

a 23-point bull that’s bucking just as hard as he can, the harder they buck, the harder you’re going to hit the ground,” he said. “As far as the mental aspect, you go down the road and you get on a bucker every day and you’re hitting the ground every day for a week, that’s pretty tough on a guy’s confidence also.” But worry or shy away from that challenge? No. That ap-

proach doesn’t work out too well if a bull rider wants to make a living at it. Don Mitchell, who was the longtime rodeo coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, witnessed Navarre’s focused approach to his event many times including at the College National Finals Rodeo in 1998. Navarre went to look at what

he’d drawn for his final round bull. Another contestant who was standing there asked, “Do you know anything about the bull?” Navarre didn’t. “I’ve been on him, do you want me to tell you about him?” the other cowboy said. He didn’t. He thanked the SEE BULLS, PAGE 22S


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Shop till you drop at the fair

Colton Allen, of Ada, holds a boat that his uncle bought at last year’s Oklahoma State Fair. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO

Heather Warlick

hwarlick@ opubco.com

STAFF WRITER

From Oklahoma wines and storm shelters to OKC Thunder merch, the Oklahoma State Fair is chock full of shopping relevant to Okies — with variety you’re not likely to find anywhere but a fair. A new vendor at this year’s fair, Southern Okie, promises some down-home delicious apple butter. You’ll find seven of the state’s storm shelter vendors all in one place, making it easy to compare and shop, said Alex Philbrick, manager of commercial space sales at the fair. Spike up your OKC Thunder spirit with merch

at Gameday Merchandising and top it off with a new cowboy hat at Wandering Cowboys or some rodeo-ready Western wear for her at Forever Cowgirl. You can score a whole new wardrobe of University of Oklahoma Sooners garb, or Oklahoma State University wear at CR Tshirts/Campus Ragz. Seal your collegiate sentiment with a henna tattoo at Erkin Henna Body Art or get your face painted, temporary tattoos and custom body jewelry at Body Art Factory. Pamper your pet at Butterflies and Dog Treats, delicious homemade treats your dog will go barking mad for, and Mimi’s Engraved Pet Tags & Accessories where you can bling Fido’s collar, clothes, bed and more. Of course, you can buy any number of unusual

Fairgoers browse the Oklahoma Connection inside the Oklahoma Expo Hall last year.

and unexpected items at the fair, such as LED lightup shirts at Equalizer Shirts. 98Cows carries unique rugs and throws made from animal hides. Buy a hot tub, remodel your bathroom, build a gazebo or drive home from the fair in a brand new RV. Munch on some amazing prepackaged cinnamon rolls from Okarche Bakery before checking out the JAM Events & Productions booth where you can take photos and make dance heads videos of you and your friends dancing. To relax after shopping till you drop, stop by any of the nine Oklahoma Wineries at the fair to enjoy some home grown wine. But don’t drink too much to drive home your new RV.

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Shoppers enjoy the selections inside the Cox Pavilion at the Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO PROVIDED


9 Fair is full of free and fun stuff to do BY HEATHER WARLICK Staff Writer hwarlick@opubco.com

Once you’ve paid your entry into the gates of the Oklahoma State Fair, dozens of free activities are guaranteed to keep you and your family amused all day, and will never cost you a cent! To plan your day, the fair’s website has a new, interactive agenda tool. You can find all the dates and times for the shows, special events and other scheduled events at the fair. Here is a list of some of the top, family-friendly, free things to do at the fair. 1. “Voice of the Fair” Poetry Competition The “Voice of the Fair” Poetry Competition will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and is limited to 30 participants. Entrants must be at least 13 and poetry judges will present ribbons and cash prizes to the winners. The audience will even have the opportunity to vote for their favorite poet and the winner will earn a $50 cash prize. Three-time national slam poetry finalist Lauren Zuniga will act as emcee and will perform while scores are being tallied. 2. “Voice of the Fair” Vocal Competition Think you’ve got winning pipes? Warm up your vocal cords for prelims for the “Voice of the Fair” Vocal Competition at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Contestants will be separated into two age groups: ages 13-17 and ages 18 and up. Contestants who preregistered can sing to a track, accompany themselves or perform a cappella. Tony Foster, Jr., who won 2013 OK City Star and was one of the top 40 male contestants at the 2013 American Idol, will perform at the Finals on Saturday night. Registration for the vocal and

“Papino,” also known as Jay Walther, welcomes visitors to the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, duirng the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

poetry contests was free through Aug. 15. Late registrations will be accepted until slots are filled, but fees will apply. Both competitions will be held in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (formerly City Arts Center) and will be free for Fairgoers with paid gate admission. 3. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K Dale K is back this year to entertain audiences with his contemporary approach to hypnosis. It’s your choice to be the audience or volunteer to be hypnotized. Dale K will perform in the Capital City Theatre. 4. Speed Painter Richard Hight New for 2013, Master Speed Painter Richard Hight from Tulsa will hold audiences spellbound as he transforms blank canvases into artistic masterpieces within minutes. Hight’s exhibitions will be held in the OPUBCO Pavilion on 14 Flags Plaza. 5. Farmyard Follies This is a new attraction this year and features animal antics, but the behaviors are natural.

Hypnotist Dale K brings his comedy back to the state fair this year. PHOTO PROVIDED

Learn about farmyard critters and enjoy the Zoo Crew. The show is held in AGtropolis Adventure in the Oklahoma Expo Hall. 6. Centennial Frontier Experience Take a trip back to the Wild West at Centennial Frontier Experience, an interactive discovery zone that brings history to life through shows, demonstrations and activities designed to give both city slickers and country folk an “experience” they will never forget. Open daily 11a.m. to 8 p.m. in 14 Flags Plaza. 7. Zoppe Italian Family Circus

Send in the clowns for a good old one-ring, old-world Italian Family circus. This show will thrill with modern interpretations of an art with deep roots and heritage. The circus will be held in Centennial Plaza. 8. The City of AGtropolis AGtropolis is a wonderland for the little ones. AGtropolis presents Oklahoma’s rich agricultural industry in a kid-friendly environment by creating a mockcity consisting of a series of “places” one can find in most Oklahoma towns. Each “place” allows children a firsthand look at the farm-to-market process.

With animals in interactive exhibits and demonstrations around every corner, AGtropolis in Oklahoma Expo Hall is one of the most visited destinations at the state fair. 9. Pig Races Who can resist those cute little pink squiggly tails racing around a mini track for an Oreo cookie? A standard at the Oklahoma State Fair, no day at the fair is complete without a little squeal at the pig races. Held in the Entertainment Plaza. 10. Clydesdale Alley The majestic Clydesdales of Express Clydesdales are a mustsee each year at the fair. Of a rare black and white color, the Express Clydesdales average 17 to 18 hands, or 6-feet high, at the shoulder and weigh over 2,000 pounds each. Their hooves are the size of dinner plates, and their shoes weigh over three pounds each. Clydesdale Alley is in the Super Barn. 11. Kids Creation Station Give the kids a creative break at Kids Creation Station, where kids’ creativity is catered to every day, and it’s all free. This attraction is in the Creative Arts Building. 12. Photography & Oklahoma Student Art Exhibits Enjoy the world through the lens of Oklahoma’s up and coming photographers at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts, where thousands of photos are on display along with original artwork from Oklahoma K-12 students. 13. The Butterfly House Enter a world of winged fantasy in the Butterfly House and experience first hand the gentle fluttering wings of more than 15,000 butterflies from 15 countries around the world. Be sure to visit before nightfall; this exhibit SEE FREE, PAGE 23S


10 State fair food features bacon bonanza Dave Cathey dcathey@ opubco.com

FOOD EDITOR

Gentlemen and ladies, start your diets. Whether it’s Pritikin, Caveman, Weight Watchers or cabbage soup, your body will thank you come Thursday, Sept. 12, if it’s had to time to prepare for the annual rite of gustatory excess. The Oklahoma State Fair fare is founded on cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes, staked meats and all things improved by a dip in hot fat, but what keeps the fair fresh are annual innovations in gut-bustery. This year’s new fair entries include variations on the bacon theme, new stuff on sticks and, of course, plenty of sweets. They are described as such: I Bacon Bloody Mary, which is made with lowpoint beer. I Bacon Explosion Sandwich, consisting of bacon, sausage and barbecue sauce rolled together, smoked and sliced for sandwiches. I Bacon-Wrapped Caramel Apple. I Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dog. I BBQ Pulled Pork and Dog. I BBQ Nacho Pie. I Cajun Fries. I Cheesy Bacon Bombs, the heavy artillery consisting of pepper

Moises Jaime eats pizza on a stick during the opening day of last year’s Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

jack cheese, covered in a light biscuit dough, wrapped in bacon and deep fried until the melted cheese starts to break free of the dough. I Cinna Burger, which to your family practitioner’s horror is a cinnamon roll split in half and stuffed with a burger and all the fixings. I Cookie Dough Parfait. I Crawfish Enchiladas. I Deep-Fried Artichoke served with a Butter Wine Sauce. I Deep-Fried B-BGator-on-a-stick, which is a tortilla stuffed with your choice of barbecued brisket, pulled Pork or glazed chicken topped with cheddar cheese and deep-fried on a stick. I Deep-Fried Butteron-a-stick. I Deep-Fried Philly

Cheese Steak. I Deep-Fried Pork Fritter. I Deep-Fried Ribs. I Deep-Fried Watermelon served with a marshmallow cream dipping sauce. I Duck Fat Fries. I Garlic Chicken Burger. I Giant Cream Puff, which is a cream puff filled with chocolate and topped with bacon. I PB&J Burger. I Lamb Burger. I Pancake Burger. I Waffle-on-a-stick. I Wild Boar Kabob. But not everyone goes for what’s new. Indeed, state fair success is predicated on tradition and consistency. So if you were concerned your favorite gnosh might not be available between rides, games and vendors,

Billea Taylor, of Lindsay, samples batter-fried bacon during last year’s state fair. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

here are the unusual offerings that will make their return alongside the standard Indian tacos, corn dogs, chicken fingers with hot sauce, and cinnamon rolls: I Alligator-on-a-stick and Gator Bites. I Bacon Cinnamon Roll. I Bacon Smoothie. I Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog. I Batter-Fried Jalapeno Pepper-on-a-stick. I Bourbon Glazed Bread Pudding. I Chocolate-Dipped Corn Dog. I Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter and Jelly. I Chocolate Souffle. I Chicken-and-Rice

Bowls that come in Brazilian, Mexican and Greek. I Frozen ChocolateCovered Deep-Fried Bacon. I Deep-Fried Bacon Brownie. I Deep-Fried Cookie Dough-on-a-stick. I Deep-Fried Cinnamon Roll-on-a-stick. I Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese-on-a-stick. I Deep-Fried Manicotti-on-a-stick & DeepFried Ravioli. I Deep-Fried Mashed Potatoes-on-a-stick. I Deep-Fried Strawberry Shortcake. I Deep-Fried Oreos, Snickers, Twinkies and S’mores.

I Doughnut Burger. I Fudge Puppy, which is a Belgian waffle on-astick with chocolate, nuts and other toppings. I Gumbo Vieux Carre. I Hot Beef Sundae and Pork Parfait. I Juicy Lucy Burger. I Portabella Kabob. I Pot Roast Sliders. I Shrimp Corn Dogs. I Steak and Potato Po’boy Hoagie. I Taco-In-A-Bag, otherwise known as the Walking Taco. If you thought I was kidding about starting that diet, by now it must be clear that diet really should’ve started at least a month ago, so let the fasting begin.


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Carnival is better, cleaner and safer BY KEN RAYMOND Staff Writer kraymond@opubco.com

The midway used to be a scary place, cramped and claustrophobic, patches of brightness and shadow crawling about as game lights and gaudy signs flickered on and off. Over the clanging noise of machines and mechanisms, clear despite the dopplering screams of those rushing past on whirling rides, the pirate-like voices of the carnival workers could be heard, growling out dares and promises. Some of the workers seemed dangerous, and indeed they were. Some took advantage of

the darkness to commit crimes. Others ran to the carnival to escape arrest. In 1986, Elk City commissioners banned traveling carnivals from their city limits, accusing them of shoplifting and taking advantage of residents. One commissioner went so far as to say, “We decided we didn’t want any more of the thieving bunch.” That same year, four carnival workers were arrested at the Oklahoma State Fair for allegedly operating a rigged game. Among those swindled were undercover police officers. “When I was a kid,” said carnival owner Frank Zaitshik, 67, “the carnival business was more of a closed society, a caste system

of sorts. People in different parts of the business didn’t cooperate with others, but within their groups they were very close. “The front-end guys operated the games. The back end guys mostly ran the rides. The frontend guys didn’t know much about back-end guys and vice versa.” They even had their own language, he said. The groups would use different forms of pig Latin to communicate with each other in front of customers. “That was kind of glamorous,” Zaitshik said. “It was us against the Philistines. I relish the era I grew up in, but if I told my kids and my grandkids those stories, they would be shocked. The

business today is in the sunshine. It’s held to the same standards as any other business by government agencies.” If anyone should know, it’s Zaitshik, a second-generation carnival worker and the owner of Wade Shows Inc., which handles carnival operations for the Oklahoma State Fair. In 1980, he took ownership of a Michigan carnival that operated about 30 rides and never crossed state lines. Under his leadership, the company has grown. His carnival travels on 14 routes across the country and operates about 100 rides. “In order to remain competitive, we’ve had to take lessons from amusement parks and oth-

er outdoor entertainment venues,” he said. That meant cleaning things up, literally and figuratively. For the most part, Zaitshik’s employees are about the same as those who work at less mobile jobs. They undergo background checks and criminal record checks. Those who look like trouble don’t get or keep jobs. “In the old days, the carnival used to be a haven for people with bad things in their past to hide out,” Zaitshik said. “Not anymore.” The narrow passageways between game booths have been replaced by wider avenues. HosSEE CARNIVAL, PAGE 23S


Equine shows to highlight fair events Marc Pankow, state fair equine show spokeswoman, said several hundred equine show contestants and workers alike will fill Jim Norick Arena during the fair.

BY NASREEN IQBAL Staff Writer niqbal@opubco.com

Horses of every breed are sure to delight spectators at this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. With one million fairgoers expected to attend this year’s state fair, several hundred others will work to host the fair’s equine shows, regarded by many as the finest in the country, state fair equine shows spokeswoman Marlene “Marc” Pankow said. “Riders will come from all over the nation,” professional rider and competitor Josh Minshull said. After competing professionally at the fair for 11 years, Minshull and his team, Express Clydes-

PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

dales, founded the fair’s newest equine show, Southern Plains Six Horse Hitch Showdown, set

to make its debut at State Fair Park’s Jim Norick Arena this year from Sept. 20-22.

Bulls: Ride ’em, cowboy FROM PAGE 15S

cowboy just the same. Then Navarre told Mitchell, “It doesn’t matter because you can’t ride them but one jump at a time anyway.” The 5-foot-7-inch, 145pound cowboy said that approach really hasn’t changed for him. “We call it relaxing and reacting,” Navarre said. “You can’t think fast enough especially against this caliber of bulls. You can’t think fast enough to make the moves on your own. It’s got to be subconscious reaction. “As soon as you go to thinking about what you have to do, you’re spitting out dirt.” Navarre was off to a good start this year, including wins at Denver and at Mercedes, Texas. But a bull bucked Navarre off, tossing the cowboy straight into the air at a rodeo in April at Corpus

Christi, Texas. “I landed on his head knee-first and broke my kneecap,” Navarre said. Although that kept him out of competition for awhile, the positiveminded bull rider found the blessing in all this. And that has come from traveling with his family. Corey and wife Melissa have two daughters, Shyla Mae, 7 and Layna Ann, 3. Melissa provides entertainment at rodeos between events. “She’s trick riding and then she has a new act as well where she’s Roman riding,” he said. “And then my little girl (Shyla Mae) has a little trick pony that she comes in on and bows him down and gets him on a pedestal and takes him over a jump and stuff life that.” While Corey gets on bulls, he was asked if it’s tougher for him to watch his family in the arena. “Oh yeah, especially

now with my little girl in there,” he said. “Riding bulls is nothing compared to that. I’d rather run my hand in the rope on Bodacious than sit back there and watch sometimes, it’s pretty nerve-wracking.” But he’s enjoyed traveling the highways with all three of “my girls.” “That’s what I’ve been doing this summer is driving across the country with them, going to a few rodeos,” he said. “It’s been a blessing. It’s not ever fun going through injuries and rehab, but that was a blessing in disguise, being able to go with them all summer and focus my attention on them.” Money earned during the Xtreme Bulls Tour event Sept. 20-21 at Jim Norick Arena counts toward making this year’s NFR and the 2014 Xtreme Bulls standings. The contestants, of which Navarre plans to be one, will compete one night each.

The competition will include teams of six draft horses weighing on average one ton each, working together in uniformity to pull a wagon across the arena with effortless style and grace. “It will be a spectator’s event for sure,” Minshull said. “Not many people have ever seen one six horse hitch let alone a dozen.” Minshull said $30,000 in prize money will be dispersed among winners of the competition. Another highly anticipated show is the Draft Horse Pull Competition, where draft horses will compete to pull the most weight. For that event up to $14,000 in prize money will go to competition champions, Pankow said.

Other shows will include barrel racing and ranch sorting where youth riders can compete, and a square dancing on horseback show performed by members of The Oklahoma Equestrian Drill Association. “Oklahoma has so many horse lovers. Our goal is to offer them the chance to see breeds and shows they don’t get to see every day,” Pankow said. “They’ll see everything from powerful draft horses to elegant gypsy vanners and cute ponies and donkeys. Our goal is to offer spectators a truly unique experience.” For a complete schedule of equine shows and more information, visit the equine and livestock schedule online at www.okstatefair.com.

Music: Live acts of all kinds FROM PAGE 12S

Atlanta-based metal group Sevendust, which performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, first surfaced as Crawlspace in 1995, but eventually thought better of its low-lying moniker and rose to hard rock prominence with its 1997 self-titled debut. In March, Sevendust released its ninth album, “Black Out the Sun,” featuring singer Lajon Witherspoon layering his distinctive vocals over some of the band’s most challenging music to date. In 2011, Building 429 scored its biggest Christian pop hit with “Where I Belong,” and followed up that success with this year’s “We Won’t Be Shaken,” a thoroughly modern collection of stadiumready praise music. Performing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Building 429 will be joined by Hawk Nelson, the Canadian trio that began with a Christian variation on pop-punk but recently transitioned toward electronictinged pop with its latest album, 2013’s “Made.” The Chickasaw Entertainment Stage will feature good rockin’ for two straight nights during the Elvis Extravaganza, in which homegrown Elvis Presley tribute artists will do their best to sing like the King. Aspiring Elvii can sign up to compete during the 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 per-

formances at www.elviscontest.com. The Ohio Players became one of the biggest breakout funk acts in the mid-1970s, blowing up the dance floors with hits like “Skin Tight,” “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” The nine-piece funk band led by Clarence “Chet” Willis, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Formed in England by Gerry Buckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek, America debuted in 1971 with “A Horse With No Name,” a Neil Young-influenced single that started a string of memorable softrock hits, including “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and “Sister Golden Hair.” In 2007, America released “Here & Now,” a new album produced by James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne. America performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 21. The final day of the Oklahoma State Fair features “Family, Fun & Fellowship” at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, featuring groups from Church of the Harvest, LifeChurch.tv, Victory Church and High Pointe Church singing upbeat praise music.

Learn more For more information on the Chickasaw Entertainment Stage, go online to www.okstatefair.com.


Free: Even more events FROM PAGE 19S

in 14 Flags Plaza closes at dusk. 14. Barnyard Birthing Center is a chance for kids and adults alike to experience the miracle of Mother Nature first hand as piglets, kids and chicks come into the world daily and veterinarians offer educational opportunities. 15. Kids Celebration This interactive family event combines group interaction, music, and awesome games. Held at Capital City Theatre. 16. Great American Petting Zoo This petting zoo is unlike any others — there are no holds barred once you’re in the enclosure. Animals run freely with children, so have your camera set. 17. Firefighter Training Show “Don’t Hide, Get Outside.” “Crawl Low, Under Smoke.” This audience participation show plays off every child’s curiosity to one day become a firefighter. It’s fun and entertaining, but may save a life in the future. Held at 14 Flags Plaza. 18. Swampmaster Gator Show Catch this show for the unique opportunity to witness the power of the American Alligator. “Master Alligator Educator,” Jeff Quattrocchi, will showcase these beautiful beasts all day long in their pool and in three shows daily. Get there early as seats for this educational and entertaining show are sure to fill. The show is on the Bandshell Lawn.

Locals shine at OPUBCO Pavilion BY CARLA HINTON Staff Writer chinton@opubco.com

Visitors to the OPUBCO Pavilion at the Oklahoma State Fair have been treated to a firsthand glimpse of Oklahoma talent over the years. This year is no exception. Melinda Parsons, Oklahoma State Fair director of special events and attractions, said this year’s theme for the free entertainment is “Party at the Pavilion.” She said the featured performers include musicians at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma and Richard Hight, whom she described as a “master speed painter.” Parsons said the fair was particularly excited to work with the academy because they had never worked with them before. She said fairgoers will be able to experience the talents of local musicians and the academy will be able to showcase what it has to offer. “It’s partnering with them to give them exposure for that wonderful program that they have,” Parsons said. The academy opened in 2009 in Bricktown’s Oklahoma Hardware Building as the first authorized U.S. version of Britain’s prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music. It offers students a variety of hands-on learn-

Richard Hight, “master speed painter,” will be part of the free entertainment at the OPUBCO Pavilion at the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair. PHOTO PROVIDED

ing experiences in the performance, production and business sides of the music industry. Parsons said the academy musicians will take to the stage twice a day on weekdays and three times a day on weekends during the fair. She said their sets will range from 45 minutes to one hour. Meanwhile, as the other featured act at the pavilion, Hight is from Tulsa. Parsons said Hight is a visual artist and motivational speaker who will create unique artwork as he interacts with fair crowds.

His artwork has been displayed in museums at more than 50 universities as well as in collections — both corporate and private. Hight also has been featured on broadcast TV. Hight is set to perform three times a day on weekdays and four times a day on weekends during the fair, Parsons said. She said his sessions will last about 20 minutes. “Every few years, we change it up,” Parsons said of the pavilion entertainment. “We try to keep it fresh and this year, it’s totally new.”

Carnival: No game on midway is impossible to beat FROM PAGE 21S

es and cords are covered up so people don’t stumble. Cleanup crews work throughout the day and night, and workers dress in freshly laundered uniforms every day. The clothes are delivered right to them. Zaitshik takes umbrage at people who refer to people in his industry as “carnies,” which he regards as a derogatory term used to reinforce negative stereotypes. In that respect, he said, it’s little different from an ethnic slur. He’s also sick of people accusing his employees of cheating. “Sometimes carnival people have been their own worst enemies,” he admitted. “In the ’50s, ’60s and on into the ’70s,

there was a stereotype that all the games were rigged, and all the games were crooked. It’s not like that in 2013. “During that time there were games that operated illegally. There were games that you absolutely couldn’t win. We can’t deny that. It’s part of our heritage. But it’s not true today.” Players remain more likely to lose than to win, but no game is impossible to defeat, he said. It’s a fairly basic business calculation. As a general rule, for a game to turn a profit, the house has to win about 75 percent of the time. The percentages fluctuate depending on operating costs and prize values. “If a prize looks like it’s worth $25, we’ll only try to give away one per $100 we take in,” Zaitshik said. “If it (the prize) looks

like $8, we’ll probably give away three of them per $100.” The machine gun game is among those that players have the lowest probability of winning, he said. In the game, a piece of paper bearing the image of a star is hung downrange from the machine gun, which is filled with BBs. To win, a player must eliminate every portion of the star. It’s among the most expensive games to operate, so the degree of difficulty is correspondingly high. Carnival games may be the next thing to change. Zaitshik said they’re “on the ropes” because “children have the attention span of a gnat.” Prizes aren’t as popular as they used to be. Stuffed animal versions of the Pink

Panther and Bud Light mascot Spuds McKenzie had staying power; now television and movie related prizes quickly fall out of fashion. Children also have more exposure to entertainment than they once did. Trying to toss a quarter onto a piece of glassware is less interesting to many kids than playing video games on their parents’ iPhones. Carnivals have been around since the late 1800s, though, so it seems likely they’ll carry on into the future, evolving along the way. Right now, Zaitshik said, the carnival is safer and more fun than it’s ever been before. Check out the midway at the Oklahoma State Fair this year. You’ll probably agree.


construction of the citizen-financed $33 million Bricktown Ballpark, (now the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark), considered one of the nation’s finest minor league baseball parks. O’Toole’s experience includes seven years as director of operations for the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball, based in Oklahoma City, where he planned and managed the association’s inaugural participation in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. O’Toole also served as director of operations for the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival held in Oklahoma City.

O’Toole is a graduate of Bishop McGuinness High School and Southern Nazarene University. O’Toole serves on the board of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Advisory Board and the Oklahoma State Fair Board of Directors. He is married to Kathleen, and has three children: Stacy, Ryan and Blake.

Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Timothy J. O’Toole President & CEO

Timothy J. O’Toole has served as the president & CEO of the Oklahoma State Fair and State Fair Park since January 2004. Beginning in 2005, State Fair Park has undergone a $90 million renovation to its equine and livestock facilities under his leadership. Plans are underway to revitalize the exposition facilities and gateways to State Fair Park as part of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 program. O’Toole served as president and general manager of the Oklahoma RedHawks Baseball Club in Oklahoma City from 1998 to 2004. He worked with local government officials finalizing the

G. Rainey Williams Jr. President, Kestrel Investments, Inc.

Melissa Sikking Corporate Secretary, Oklahoma State Fair, Inc.

Bill Anoatubby Governor, Chickasaw Nation

William H. Crawford Chairman & CEO, First Southwest Bank

Peter B. Delaney President & CEO OG&E Energy Corp.

John deSteiguer President, Oklahoma Christian University

Carl Edwards Chairman, Price Edwards & Company

V. Burns Hargis President, Oklahoma State University

Robert Henry President, Oklahoma City University

Kirk Humphreys The Humphreys Company

Dr. Glen D. Johnson Chancellor, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Bruce Lawrence President & CEO INTEGRIS Health

Edmund O. Martin Chairman, Ackerman McQueen

J.W. Mashburn J.W. Mashburn Enterprises

Dr. Tom J. McDaniel President, American Fidelity Foundation

Herman Meinders Chairman Emeritus, HCM Investments

J. Larry Nichols Chairman of the Board, Devon Energy Corp.

David E. Rainbolt President & CEO, BancFirst

Dr. Paul W. Sechrist President, Oklahoma City Community College

Ann Simank Executive Director, Oklahoma City Metro Alliance

Lee Allan Smith Vice Chairman, Ackerman McQueen

Dick Stubbs President, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

Christopher C. Turner President & CFO, The First State Bank

Clayton I. Bennett Chairman, Oklahoma City Thunder President, Dorchester Capital

E. Carey Joullian IV President, Mustang Fuel Corp.

David Thompson President & CEO, InvesTrust

MIchael A. Cawley President, Noble Foundation

Ralph Chain President, Chain Land & Cattle Co.

MIchelle Coppedge Aeronautical Center Director, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center

Dr. Gilbert C. Gibson Retired Chairman & CEO Citizens Bank, Lawton

David F. Griffin President & General Manager, Griffin Television, LLC

Gregory M. Love President & COO, Love’s Country Stores Inc.

Charles P. Schroeder ExecutiveDirector,National Cowboy&WesternHeritageMuseum

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John Michael Williams Attorney, Williams, Box, Forshee & Bullard

Michael C. Turpen Partner in Law Firm Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis


Tony Tyler Tyler Media

J. Blake Wade Roy H. Williams Executive Director, The American President, Greater Oklahoma Indian Cultural Center Foundation City Chamber of Commerce

Honorary Board Members

also chairman of the board of trustees and executive committee for Oklahoma City University. He also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority and chairman of the Oklahoma City Downtown TIF Review Committee. Norick is vice chairman of the Oklahoma Industries Authority and sits on the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Additionally, Norick serves on a number of civic, community, educational, corporate and public boards, commissions and committees. Norick has received many awards for his civic duty, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented by Oklahoma City University; the Dean A. McGee Award for outstanding

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Ronald J. Norick Chairman of the Board

Ronald J. Norick serves as controlling manager of Norick Investments Co. LLC, a family-owned limited liability company that is engaged ininvestments. Norickpreviously was employedbyNorickBrothersInc. for more than 30 years, serving as president of the company from 1981 to 1992. From April 1987 to April 1998, Norick was mayor of Oklahoma City. Norick is highly involved in many professional, civic and charitable organizations. Norick has been a director of Bancfirst Corp. since 2002 and also a director at Merlon International Inc. Norick currently serves not only as the chairman of the board for Oklahoma State Fair Inc. but

David L. Boren President, University of Oklahoma

M.O. “Bud” Breeding The Insurance Center

Robert F. Browne

Lt. Gen. Richard A. Burpee Consultant, RAB Enterprises, LLC

Maj. Gen. Jay T. Edwards Air Force Retired

Robert A. Funk Chairman & CEO, Express Personnel Services

John D. Groendyke Chairman & CEO, Groendyke Transports Inc.

Bill Mathis President, Mathis Brothers Oklahoma City, LLC

Aubrey K. McClendon Chairman & CEO, American Energy Partners

Frank A. McPherson Retired Chairman & CEO, Kerr-McGee Corp.

William M. Cameron Chairman & CEO, American Fidelity Group

Darrell Chabino Real Estate, Investments and Development

Luke R. Corbett Retired Chairman & CEO, Kerr-McGee Corp.

William E. Durrett Senior Chairman, American Fidelity Group

Brooks K. Hall Vice Chairman, Fred Jones Companies

Dr. James E. Halligan State Senator, State of Oklahoma

Dan Hogan III Investments

Stanley F. Hupfeld Chairman, INTEGRIS Health Family of Foundations

G. Jeffrey Records Jr. Chairman & CEO, MidFirst Bank

Lindy Ritz President, The Ritz Group

Russell M. Perry President & CEO, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Co., Inc.

Dr. Kenneth E. Smith Owner & Operator, K.S. Oil Co.

Marion J. Story Manager of Special Projects, Mustang Fuel Corp.

Ex-Officio Members

James H. Norick Norick Investment Co.

leadershiptoDowntownOklahomaCity, presentedbyDowntownNow; the Award of Excellence, presented by The Arthritis Foundation; and induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, presented by the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Norick attended Oklahoma City public schools and graduated from Northwest Classen High School before going on to earn a bachelor of science degree in management from Oklahoma City University. He is married to Margaret (Kandy) Norick. Both his daughter Allyson and his son Lance graduated from Oklahoma City University. Allyson has two daughters, Emily and Caroline.

The Honorable Mary Fallin Governor, State of Oklahoma

The Honorable Mick Cornett Mayor, City of Oklahoma City

James D. Couch City Manager, City of Oklahoma City

Eugene Seyler The Honorable Janet Barresi The Honorable Willa Johnson Chairman, Greater OKC StateSuperintendentofPublicInstruction, OklahomaCounty Metro Hotel Association StateDepartmentofEducation Commissioner,District1


SCHEDULE SEPT. 12 8 a.m. Barrel Racing Clinic featuring Phil Haugen, Performance Arena OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis American Sewing Guild Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Sooner Scribe Calligraphy Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Table Setting Contest Display, Creative Arts Building Rebekah Willoughby, Bandshell Stage 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Dutch Creek Bluegrass, Bandshell Stage 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Breast Cancer Awareness: Beautiful Bras! Contest, Creative Arts

Building Spectacular Salads Contest, Creative Arts Building 2:30 p.m. Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Soul Honey, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Sounds of the South, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Exhibition Barrels, Performance Arena Yuleing Pianos, Wine and Beer Garden 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Oklahoma State Fair Opening Ceremonies, 14 Flags Plaza Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Some Like It Hot: Fresh Salsa Contest, Creative Arts Building Kailyn Jollif, Bandshell Stage 5 p.m. Kaitlyn Butts, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Calandra + Tim, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activ-

ities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Best Dressed Pumpkin Contest, Creative Arts Building Youth Pony Barrel Race, Performance Arena Ellerie West, Bandshell Stage OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza Hayden Bedwell, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience The B-Sides, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 5D & AQHA Barrel Racing Competition, Performance Arena Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Flora and The Faunas, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Randy Houser, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Brown Note, Bandshell Stage Rebecca J. Brock, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Vital Shot, Bandshell Stage Bowlsey, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 13 7 a.m. Livestock Judging Competition, Super Barn 10 a.m. OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Table Setting Contest Display, Creative Arts Building

World Organization of China Painters Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Gourd Painting Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Live Scrapbook Challenge: Greeting Cards, Creative Arts Building Dove Dance Company, Bandshell Stage 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Junior Market Wether & Club Lamb Breeding Ewe Showmanship, Super Barn Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Ostrich Cooking Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Amanda Longley, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre OKEDA Drill Team Competition, Performance Arena Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The McKedy Trio, Bandshell Stage The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Yumare Mexican Folk-

loric Dancers, Bandshell Stage 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience 2:30 p.m. Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza M.E., Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Lego Building Contest, Creative Arts Building 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion All Saints Show Choir, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Junior Swine Showmanship, Barn 8 Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 Prospect Steer Showmanship, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Club Lamb Breeding Ewe Show, Super Barn Voice of the Fair: Poetry Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center The Uncanny Violet Unicorn, Bandshell Stage Dean Phelps, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Temporary Saints, Bandshell Stage

OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza “What a Crock” Crockpot Challenge, Creative Arts Building Bold McCoy, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Walking Relic, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Travis Brazeal, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Loverboy, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 7:45 p.m. OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Meanstreak, Bandshell Stage The Josh Qualls Band, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Smokey Bones, Bandshell Stage Rick Smith, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 14 8 a.m. Open & Youth Rabbit Show, Barn 4 9 a.m. Junior Market Barrow Show, Barn 8 Junior Market Wether Sheep Show, Super Barn Prospect Steer Show, Barn 3 10 a.m. Kids of the Year Pageant, OK Contemporary Arts Center

OKEDA Drill Team Competition, Performance Arena Junior Commercial Heifer Show, Barn 3 Table Setting Contest Display, Creative Arts Building Oklahoma Contemporary Ceramics/Loom Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Rebekah Willoughby, Bandshell Stage 10:30 a.m. Surprise Contest!, Creative Arts Building The Okie Stompers, Bandshell Stage 11 a.m. Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Oklahoma Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony, Capital City Theatre OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Great American SPAM. Championship, Creative Arts Building How Many Are There?, Creative Arts Building 11:30 a.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Delvin, Bandshell Stage The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Graffiti Painting Demonstration, Bandshell Lawn Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Calandra + Tim, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier

Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Junior Charolais Show, Barn 3 Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Sierra Sikes, Bandshell Stage 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Bring in Christ Ministries, Bandshell Stage 2 p.m. Kelsey K, Entertainment Plaza Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Forward Foods Cheese Contest, Creative Arts Building Junior Chianina Show, Barn 3 Junior Commercial Gilt Show, Barn 8 2:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza MoonSwept, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza The Biggest Bubble Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center Max Ridgeway Trio, Bandshell Stage 3:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Velocity Dance Center, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 3:45 p.m. Junior Gelbvieh Show, Barn 3


SCHEDULE 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Dean Phelps, Wine and Beer Garden 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience TEA, Bandshell Stage Kaitlyn Butts, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Chocolate Extravaganza Dessert Contest, Creative Arts Building Cooking with the Oklahoma Beef Council, Creative Arts Building Cheer4Christ, Bandshell Stage OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza Beth Isbell with Holly Wood, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience New Hope Cowboy Ministries, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza

Rachel Brashear, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Jerrod Niemann, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre 2nd St, Bandshell Stage The Smooth Soulful Saxophonist, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Zero2Sixty, Bandshell Stage Anna Massey, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 15 9 a.m. Junior Breeding Gilts, Barn 8 Junior Breeding Sheep, Super Barn Ranch Sorting, Performance Arena 9:30 a.m. Come As You Are Church Services, Capital City Theatre 10 a.m. Junior Beefmaster Show, Barn 3 4H Cooking Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Tole Diggers Demonstration, Creative Arts Building JD Sams, Bandshell Stage 10:45 a.m. Junior Saler Show, Barn 3 11 a.m. Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Laura Mae, Bandshell Stage 11:15 a.m. Junior Simmental Show, Barn 3 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial

Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Showstoppers Junior and Senior Dance Company, Bandshell Stage The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather Guild Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza George Garrison, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn Cooking with Oklahoma Beef Council Demo, Creative Arts Building 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 Rain Gutter Regatta, Creative Arts Building Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Junior & Open Maine Anjou, Barn 3 Lace Guild of Oklahoma Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Mike Warehime, Bandshell Stage 1:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Alana, Bandshell Stage 2 p.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience From Cow to the Cone: Homemade Ice Cream Contest, Creative Arts Building Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild

Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Rick Smith, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK City Chorus, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. Diana Reyes, Entertainment Plaza ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Lego Building Contest, Creative Arts Building Alana, Wine and Beer Garden 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Desert Fire-Aalim Bellydance, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Yellow Rose Theater, Wine and Beer Garden 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Cake Decorating Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Sophia Massad, Bandshell Stage Sunny Owens, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Emily Faith, Bandshell Stage

OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Digital Photography Shootout People’s Choice Voting, OK Contemporary Arts Center Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Mallory Lawless, Bandshell Stage OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza Anna Massey, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Smokey Bones, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Digital Photography Shootout Awards, OK Contemporary Arts Center The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Captain T Andrews Band, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Entropy, Bandshell Stage The Josh Qualls Band, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Joker’s Curse, Bandshell Stage Ryan & Trey, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 16 9 a.m. Ranch Sorting, Performance Arena 10 a.m. OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Mid-Del Art Guild Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Robotics STEM Safari, Creative Arts Building

10:30 a.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Band Day Parade Competition, Outdoor Space 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Jelly Bean Flavor Guessing Contest, Creative Arts Building 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Band Day Color Guard and Drum Line Workshops, Bandshell Lawn Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Scrumptious From Scratch: Pies, Cobblers, & Cheesecakes, Creative Arts Building The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Band Day Awards Ceremony, Bandshell Stage 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Aerial Bound, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m. Cowboy Jim Garling,

Centennial Plaza 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Pampered Chef Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Kirra, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Addison Baker, Bandshell Stage Alana, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Marshall & the A.C., Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Best Dressed Cow, Barn 3 Fancy Feet Contest, Creative Arts Building Start It Out Right: Creative Appetizers Contest, Creative Arts

Building Cooking with the Oklahoma Beef Council, Creative Arts Building The B-Sides, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Dairy Showmanship, Barn 3 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Kay-O, Bandshell Stage Dean Phelps, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Sevendust, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Jon O’Neal + The Rumors, Bandshell Stage Kailea, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Within All Reason, Bandshell Stage Captain T Andrews Band, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 17 8 a.m. Dressage Competition, Barn 8 9 a.m. Junior Dairy Goat Show, Super Barn Open & Junior Dairy Cattle Show, Barn 3 Open Nigerian Dwarf Goat Show, Super Barn 10 a.m. Open Pygmy Goat Show, Super Barn OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Stock Dog Trials/Competitions, Performance Arena Robotics STEM Safari, Creative Arts Building Oklahoma Sewing Machine Artists Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Max Clayton Stained


SCHEDULE Glass Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest, Creative Arts Building 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience The BG’s/Aerials, Bandshell Stage Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Pampered Chef Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Ryan & Trey, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m. Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Amanda Martindale, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza

Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Basket Weaving Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Millisa Henderson, Bandshell Stage 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Sooner Theatre Kids, Bandshell Stage Ryan & Trey, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Jon O’Neal + The Rumors, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Baking Championship, Creative Arts Building Cooking with the Oklahoma Beef Council, Creative Arts Building The B-Sides, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier

Experience 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Cicely J, Bandshell Stage Alana, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, Jim Norick Arena Building 429, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Hawk Nelson, Chickasaw Entertainment Stage Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Aerial Bound, Bandshell Stage Captain T Andrews Band, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Hot Box, Bandshell Stage East Side Boys, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 18 8:15 a.m. Senior Day - Not Just Country Line Dancers, Carriage Hall 8:40 a.m. Senior Day - Chair Boxing, Carriage Hall 9 a.m. Open Dairy Goat Show, Super Barn Open Nigerian Dwarf Goat Show, Super Barn Senior Day - Tai Chi, Carriage Hall 9:30 a.m. Senior Day - Not Just Country Line Dancers, Carriage Hall 10 a.m. Open Pygmy Goat Show, Super Barn OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Stock Dog Trials/Competitions, Performance Arena C&H Sugar Special Award Cake Baking Contest, Creative Arts Building Lace Guild of Oklahoma Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Central Oklahoma Quilters Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Woodcarving of Oklahoma Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Oklahoma State Fid-

dlers, Bandshell Stage Senior Day - King & Queen of Hearts Contest, Bandshell Stage 10:25 a.m. Senior Day - High Stakes Numbers Contest, Carriage Hall 10:40 a.m. Senior Day - Tai Chi, Carriage Hall 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Senior Day - Caberet, Carriage Hall 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Senior Day - Vegas Live! Look-A-Like Contest, Carriage Hall Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Older & Bolder Dancers of OKC, Bandshell Stage Antique Tractor Parade, Outdoor Space OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:05 p.m. Senior Day - Not Just Country Line Dancers, Carriage Hall 12:15 p.m. Senior Day - Kirk Heldreth’s Reflections of Elvis, Bandshell Stage 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 12:45 p.m. Senior Day - Chair Boxing, Carriage Hall 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Yellow Rose Theater, Bandshell Stage Senior Day - Tai Chi, Carriage Hall

The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:15 p.m. Senior Day - Music Central, Carriage Hall 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 1:35 p.m. Senior Day - 2013 OKC Indian Princesses, Carriage Hall 1:45 p.m. Senior Day - Let’s Make a Fair Deal Game Show, Carriage Hall 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Oklahoma Peanut Cooking Contest, Creative Arts Building Kirk “Elvis” Heldreth, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m. Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Music Central OKC, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Shrunken Treasures Miniatures Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Pampered Chef Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Larry Perkey, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Ryan & Trey, Bandshell Stage 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centen-

nial Frontier Experience Paige Norman Perry, Bandshell Stage Ryan & Trey, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Mackenzie Reeves, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza 4H Cooking Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Denzel, Bandshell Stage Senior Day - Dance Demonstration, Carriage Hall Alana, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Miche’la Creel, Bandshell Stage Senior Day - Swing Dance, Carriage Hall 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Rick Smith, Wine and Beer Garden 7:15 p.m. Senior Day - Not Just Country Line Dancers, Carriage Hall 7:30 p.m. Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Tree Frogs, Bandshell Stage

Captain T Andrews Band, Bandshell Stage Beth Isbell with Holly Wood, Wine and Beer Garden 8:15 p.m. Senior Day - Not Just Country Line Dancers, Carriage Hall 9 p.m. Dean Phelps, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 19 10 a.m. OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Open & Junior Brahman Show, Barn 3 Robotics STEM Safari, Creative Arts Building Oklahoma Contemporary Pottery Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Children - Hope for Tomorrow Quilts, Creative Arts Building Christophe Murdock, Bandshell Stage 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Reaghan Payne, Bandshell Stage 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Worship Warrior in the House, Bandshell Stage Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Eggcellent Oklahoma Breakfast Cook-Off,

Creative Arts Building LUCKY, Bandshell Stage The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience MoonSwept, Bandshell Stage Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Two Nice Girls Trio, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Jelly Bean Flavor Guessing Contest, Creative Arts Building 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Jim Edwards, Bandshell Stage Kyle Crow, Wine and Beer Garden 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Draft Horse Pull Competition, Performance Arena Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Elena Vasquez, Bandshell Stage Kaitlyn Butts, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis


SCHEDULE Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Herrold Sisters, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza the international pantry’s Out of This World” Cooking Contest”, Creative Arts Building Annie Oakley, Bandshell Stage Max Knotts Vintner Award, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Lakeview Honor Choir, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Two Nice Girls Trio, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Elvis Extravaganza, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Jon O’Neal + The Rumors, Bandshell Stage Yuleing Pianos, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. At Long Last, Bandshell Stage Annie Oakley, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 20 8 a.m. Draft, Gypsy & Drum Horse Show, Performance Arena 9 a.m. Philharmonic Instrument Playground, Creative Arts Building 10 a.m. OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Open & Junior Angus

Show, Barn 3 Robotics STEM Safari, Creative Arts Building Children - Hope for Tomorrow Quilts, Creative Arts Building Broken Dreams, Bandshell Stage 11 a.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest, Creative Arts Building 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience The Oklahoma Trotters, Bandshell Stage Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience 1 p.m. Shawnee Mills Corn Bread & Biscuits Contest, Creative Arts Building Signs of Warning, Bandshell Stage The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 2 p.m. The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Open & Junior Limousin Show, Barn 3 Delvin, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m.

Pampered Chef Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Dean Phelps, Bandshell Stage 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Wes Fowler, Bandshell Stage 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Coyote Hill Bluegrass, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Voice of the Fair: Vocal Contest Prelims, OK Contemporary Arts Center 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Pee Wee Beef Showmanship, Barn 3 PEACH, Bandshell Stage Kaitlyn Butts, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Grilled Cheese Championship, Creative Arts Building OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Llama Show, Barn 8 Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience

Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Metro OKC Knitters Guild Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Sydney Adams, Bandshell Stage The Smooth Soulful Saxophonist, Wine and Beer Garden Southern Plains Six Horse Hitch Showdown, Performance Arena 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Rebecca J. Brock & Classic Vibe, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Rick Smith, Wine and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. Xtreme Bulls, Jim Norick Arena The Ohio Players, Entertainment Plaza ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Xtreme Bulls featuring i Young Band, Jim Norick Arena Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 7:45 p.m. OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Area of Effect, Bandshell Stage Rachel Brashear, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Shades of Neon, Bandshell Stage Beth Isbell with Holly Wood, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 21 8 a.m. ASC Cheerleading, Dance & Pom Pon Competition, Bandshell Stage Llama Show, Barn 8 Miniature Donkey & Ponies of the Americas Show, West Covered Arena Draft, Gypsy & Drum

Horse Show, Performance Arena 9 a.m. ABGA Boer Goat Show, Super Barn Open & Junior Western National Brangus Show, Barn 3 Junior Market Goat Showmanship, Super Barn 10 a.m. Junior Market Wether Goat Show, Super Barn Open & Junior Shorthorn, Barn 3 Shawnee Mills’ Kids’ Pancakes, Flapjacks & Griddle Cakes Contest, Creative Arts Building Children - Hope for Tomorrow Quilts, Creative Arts Building Central Oklahoma Woodturners Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 11 a.m. Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Karo Creative Cookie and Dessert Contest, Creative Arts Building 4H Interactive Exhibits, Creative Arts Building 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather Guild Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza Open & Junior Shorthorn Show, Barn 3 OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza

Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Ostrich Cooking Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Dazzlers Drill Team, Bandshell Stage Kennedy Horton, Wine and Beer Garden 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza 2 p.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Voice of the Fair: Vocal Contest Finals, OK Contemporary Arts Center Dr. Zlap’s Mad Magic Lab, Bandshell Stage Wes Fowler, Wine and Beer Garden 2:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza 3 p.m. ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Paper Airplane Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center Katie Best, Bandshell Stage 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion The Black Jack Gypsys, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Rick Smith, Wine and

Beer Garden Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Paper Airplane Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience Kirk “Elvis” Heldreth, Bandshell Stage Captain T Andrews Band, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience Kay-O, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Oklahoma Pride Cooking Contest, Creative Arts Building Michelle Dunn, Bandshell Stage OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza Rebecca J. Brock, Wine and Beer Garden Southern Plains Six Horse Hitch Showdown, Performance Arena 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Kill the Reflection, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience The Okie Karaoke Contest, Centennial Plaza Bold McCoy, Wine and Beer Garden Xtreme Bulls, Jim Norick

Arena ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Xtreme Bulls featuring Clay Walker, Jim Norick Arena Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 8 p.m. America, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Clint Austen, Bandshell Stage Beth Isbell with Holly Wood, Wine and Beer Garden 9 p.m. Broken Dreams, Bandshell Stage Travis Brazeal, Wine and Beer Garden SEPT. 22 8 a.m. Junior & Open Santa Gertrudis Shows, Barn 3 Miniature Donkey & Ponies of the Americas Show, Performance Arena 9 a.m. ABGA Boer Goat Show, Super Barn Draft, Gypsy & Drum Horse Show, Jim Norick Arena Junior Prospect Doe Show, Super Barn Llama Show, Barn 8 9:30 a.m. Come As You Are Church Services, Capital City Theatre 10 a.m. Central Oklahoma Woodturners Demonstration, Creative Arts Building 11 a.m. Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin’, Centennial Frontier Experience Log Cabin Handspinning Guild Demo, City of AGtropolis OSU’s Insect Adventure, City of AGtropolis Ostrich Cooking Demonstration, Creative Arts Building Dove Dance Company, Bandshell Stage 11:30 a.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Goat’s Milk Soap Making Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Ropes, Whips & Guns, Oh My!, Centennial Frontier Experience Saltfork Blacksmiths At The Forge, Centennial Frontier Experience The Lost Art of Wooden


SCHEDULE Bowl Turning, Centennial Frontier Experience The Scottish Soap Maker, Centennial Frontier Experience Noon Junior & Open Red Angus Show, Barn 3 Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza C&H Kids’ Cookie Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center Cowboy Jim Garling,

Centennial Plaza Makenna Fields, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 12:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza Oklahoma State Fair Arm Wrestling Classic, 14 Flags Plaza

Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 1 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Pet Rescue 911, Barn 3 Rain Gutter Regatta, Creative Arts Building Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion

Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience “The Best of Wheat” Bread Baking Contest, Creative Arts Building 4H Interactive Exhibits, Creative Arts Building Rebecca J. Brock & Classic Vibe, Bandshell Stage 1:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment

Plaza

2 p.m. Honeycomb Extracting Demonstrations, City of AGtropolis ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Open & Junior Hereford Show, Barn 3

Xtreme Bluegrass, Bandshell Stage 2:30 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Cowboy Jim Garling, Centennial Plaza 3 p.m. Family, Fun & Fellowship, Entertainment Plaza ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience

Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza Homothumadon Drama, Bandshell Stage Rebecca J. Brock, Wine and Beer Garden 3:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience

Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Cookie Stacking Contest, OK Contemporary Arts Center OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 4 p.m. Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Mutton Bustin’, Centennial Frontier Experience


What to bring, what to leave at home

SCHEDULE Maddox Ross, Bandshell Stage The B-Sides, Wine and Beer Garden 4:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Firefighter Training Show, 14 Flags Plaza The Centennial Frontier Cloggers, Centennial Frontier Experience Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 5 p.m. Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis ShenaniGuns!, Centennial Frontier Experience

Makenna Fields, Bandshell Stage East Side Boys, Wine and Beer Garden 5:30 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Plains Indian Dancers, Centennial Frontier Experience LaRhonda Marie, Bandshell Stage OK Kids’ Corral Activities, Centennial Frontier Experience 6 p.m. Mutton Bustin’,

Centennial Frontier Experience Oklahoma State Fair Closing Ceremony, 14 Flags Plaza Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter, OPUBCO Pavilion Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Centennial Plaza The Okie Karaoke Contest Finals, Centennial Plaza Donna Marie, Bandshell Stage Captain T Andrews Band, Wine and Beer Garden 6:30 p.m. Firefighter Train-

ing Show, 14 Flags Plaza OVMA Animal Surgical Suite, Barn 3 Trick Ropers Extraordinaire, Centennial Frontier Experience Burn Ban, Bandshell Stage 7 p.m. Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Entertainment Plaza Kids Celebration, Capital City Theatre Wild West Showcase, Centennial Frontier Experience Ryan & Trey, Wine

and Beer Garden 7:30 p.m. ACM@UCO, OPUBCO Pavilion Farmyard Follies, City of AGtropolis Swampmaster Gator Show, Bandshell Lawn 7:45 p.m. OKC Thunder Drummers, 14 Flags Plaza 8 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Dale K, Capital City Theatre Christophe & The Prairie Fire, Bandshell Stage 9 p.m. 2nd St, Bandshell Stage

LEAVE AT HOME

BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com

To ensure a safe and comfortable trip to the fair, The Oklahoman has put together a list of what to bring and what to leave at home.

WHAT TO BRING I Comfortable clothes and shoes: Wear versatile clothing and shoes that you can walk in for hours. I Weather gear: Oklahoma weather has already proven its reputation for unpredictable weather this year. Check out the weather forecast and bring an umbrella or rain jacket if rain is forecast. If it’s expected to be sunny, be sure to slather on the sunscreen. I A stroller: Save your strength and put your little one in a stroller rather than on your shoulders. I The Oklahoman’s state fair guide: Hey, you’re already reading this; might as well have it nearby when you are out and about at the fair. I A happy attitude: A happy demeanor will help everyone have a good time.

I Weapons: No weapons of any kind are allowed at the park. Even with the recent passage of the “open carry” law, the state fair has the right to not allow firearms. I Pets: Leave your pets at home. They’re not allowed at the fair, unless they are service animals. I Your two- or three-wheelers: All-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and Segways are not allowed. I Bicycles, skateboards or roller skates: Let the medical emergency personnel ride the bicycles. I Outside food or beverage: Unless it’s for a medical purpose, you’re not allowed to bring outside food or beverages. SOURCE: SCOTT MUNZ, OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

ONLINE Read this full story online at NewsOK.com.

MAKING PARKING EASY Driving along Interstate 44 during the run of the Oklahoma State Fair can be a discouraging sight for potential visitors. It seems there’s no end to the rows of parked cars. But fairgoers can be assured that there’s ample parking available at State Fair Park. Of fair park’s 435 acres, more than 200 are set aside for parking. Options include free parking, paid parking ($5 per day) or handicapped parking (both free and paid). The fair also offers a $25 season parking pass, available at the Jim Norick Arena box office, that is good throughout the fair’s 11-day run. About 100 spaces, called Gold Parking, are available outside Gate 10 for $10 daily per space. Convenience is another factor when deciding where to park. Patrons who opt for free parking can expect to walk greater distances to reach the gates. By law, parking for the handicapped must be at the front of each designated parking area. “I always say that the state fair appeals to everybody from 8 to 80,” said Scott Munz, vice president of marketing and public relations. “We see a lot of people in wheelchairs and walkers who come out and we’re glad they do.” Munz added that handicapped lots fill up quickly on Senior Day, scheduled Sept. 18 this year. Most parking lots are situated on the north and south sides of the property. Parking lots are accessible from NW 10 and May and Reno Avenues. Free trams sponsored by MidFirst will operate daily beginning at 10 a.m. The trams will start running at 8 a.m. on Sept. 19. For more information, call 948-6700 or go to www.okstatefair.com. RICK ROGERS, STAFF WRITER

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY As more than one million people flood State Fair Park over 11 days, it is important to know what to do in case of medical emergency: I Emergency medical personnel will be located inside the Safety Center. The Safety Center is on the west end of the administration building on the corner of Land Rush and General Pershing, east of the Space Tower and Centennial Arch. The building is on the northeast corner of the property, across the street from the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. I EMSA and fire department personnel will ride around the fair park on bicycles, and police officers will travel throughout the fair park. Administrative staff will available throughout the grounds. I You can still dial 911. FROM STAFF REPORTS


2013 Oklahoma State Fair Park guide

Permit/Gold/Paid Parking

OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

CHICKASAW ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

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WEST COVERED ARENA

JIM NORICK ARENA

COVERED EXERCISE ARENA

Li’l Partnerland Midway Games Super Stock Car Racers Dr Pepper Family Fun Zone Kiddie Tractor Rides Petting Zoo & Pony Trail Rides

Clydesdale Alley Birthing Center & Surgery Suite FFA Exhibits Antique Tractors The Good Life Wine & Beer Gardenn The CONNECTION City of AGtropolis Vineyard Marketplace

y p The Butterfly House Heritage Plaza Spirit of Oklahoma Plaza 4-H Exhibits Creative Arts Exhibits Photography & OK Art Exhibit Auto Show

Pig Races Dale K Hypnosis Show Kids Celebration Farmyard Follies Academy of Contemporary Music @ UCO Richard Hight, Master Speed Painter Ford Truck Corral Okie Karaoke

KWTV/Regional Food Bank of OK Zoppé Italian Family Circus Redwood Log House Wild West Showcase Firefighter Training Show Runa Pacha Native Music Swampmaster Gator Show

2013 Oklahoma State Fair Publication  

2013 Oklahoma State Fair Publication

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