Festivals & Events in the Beavers Bend area:
Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest
June 13-15, 2013
The Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, held within beautiful Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma, is a three-day annual festival devoted to highlighting the beauty, heritage, industry and progress of Kiamichi County. Visitors to the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest will enjoy forestry competitions, art and photography shows, a wide variety of children's activities and more. Live music will include everything from jazz and rock and roll, to country and bluegrass. Musicians will perform throughout the event. The annual Owa-Chito Art Show and Sale, a highlight of this event, will be held within the Forest Heritage Center Art Gallery. Original artwork will be available for purchase, while categories of competition will include landscape, still life, wildlife, heritage of the forest, Native American, 3D and wood turning. Concessions will also be available during the festival.
Other events include a fishing tournament, nightly entertainment on the main stage, American Indian dancing and a Kiamichi talent showcase. Come to the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival and don't miss the gospel night performances, the Miss Owa-Chito pageant or the impressive wood turning demonstrations. Arts and crafts will be set up throughout the festival grounds. In addition, a wide variety of sporting activities are planned each year. Past events have included a 5K road race, canoe races, archery contest, horseshoe contest, casting contest and dune buggy races.
Come and join the fun as visitors to the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest are transported back to the "good ol' days" when frontier men and women carved out a life for themselves and their families from the surrounding woods. Celebrate the spirit and heritage of the forests of southeast Oklahoma with competitions that include double buck sawing, pole felling, ax throwing, jack-n-jill crosscut, as well as other forestry events. A "Bull of the Woods" winner is selected from the field each year.
For more information on the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, contact Beavers Bend State Park
Phone: 580-584-3393 580-584-3331
Toll Free: 800-528-7337
Masters at Work Competition & Exhibition
September 13-October 13, 2013
The Masters at Work Woodturning Competition & Exhibit kicks off with a competitive flair as artists from various woodturning clubs compete in a three-day event for the title of "Master" woodturner. Watch and join in as artists turn chunks of wood into beautiful works of art. The exhibit will follow with the winning pieces, as well as turnings from members of the various woodturning clubs.
For more information, contact Forest Heritage Center Museum
Phone: 580-494-6497 580-494-6493
Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show
November 8-10, 2013
The Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show features turn-of-the-century crafts and demonstrations, folk music, a barnyard petting zoo and more. Exhibitors and vendors will feature crafts and skills such as candlemaking, woodturning, the making of lye soap, knife making, broom making, paper making and blacksmithing. There are children's activities and a smorgasbord of food. Folk ensembles set the mood with the twang of banjos, the wail of fiddles and the ring of dulcimer strings.
Visitors to the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show are invited to participate in hands-on opportunities to learn the art of vintage craft-making and mountain music, all amidst spectacular fall foliage. This folk festival will feature herbalists sharing their knowledge, instrument makers exhibiting their work and quilters showing their best. Bring the kids to the courtyard of the Forest Heritage Center during the Beavers Bend Folk Festival and enjoy a wealth of activities designed specifically for them. Activities in the past have included live storytelling, a petting zoo with plenty of furry, kid-friendly creatures, and puppet shows with handmade paper puppets.
Come to this festival and spend a pitch-perfect autumn afternoon listening to some of the country's best folk musicians performing for visitors on the festival's outdoor stage throughout the three-day event. Visit the festival's food vendors for tasty treats including pork kabobs, patty melts, chicken tacos, smoked turkey legs and wrap sandwiches. Tried-and-true festival favorites such as kettle corn, corn dogs and funnel cakes will make a return to the festival to the delight of visitors. Make sure to wash it all down with fresh apple cider or a glass of sarsaparilla.
Attendance to the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show is free, and so is the parking. Shuttle buses will be on-hand to transport festival-goers to and from the parking area to the festival grounds. Come and enjoy the wide variety of old-fashioned activities at this annual event, or simply make your way to Beavers Bend for the breathtaking fall foliage during the festival. Guests to Beavers Bend State Park will also enjoy scheduled activities such as nature center programs, hayrides and train rides. If you're looking for a way to spend a crisp, autumn afternoon, you can't go wrong with a trip to the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show.
For more information on Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show, contact Beavers Bend State Park
Phone: 580-494-6497 580-494-6493