Established in 1902, Minco is known as the land of milk and honey and host an annual Honey Festival every December. Located in Grady County only 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City along the Chisholm Trail, this old railroad town is buzzing with rich history and boutique shopping.
Located in Grady County just forty miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the town of Minco was first established in 1902 and is believed to be named after the great Chickasaw Chief and Warrior, Itawamba Minco. Situated along the historic Chisholm Trail, this old railroad town rose as an epicenter of entertainment attracting visitors in the surrounding areas for activities like horse races, polo, corn festivals, fairs, and baseball. To this day, Minco is a resilient, progressive community with a proud history and rich heritage that can be seen in the heart of its people and cultural preservations.
Every year since 1990, the locals celebrate their sweet blessings with a commemorative Honey Festival. As the festival rolls around each December, the town of Minco transforms into a honey paradise, overflowing with the purest delights including jars upon jars of Clover Bloom honey, multi-flavored honey sticks, honey baked samples, and honey-themed holiday gift baskets. This festival is ripe with entertainment and loaded with events all leading up to the announcement of Little Miss Honey Bee. Those wanting to experience the festival are encouraged to arrive early the day of the festival to stack up on pancakes and sausage at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The festival also provides an opportunity to tour the Ross Honey Plant, Great Plains Cotton Gin and Wind Towers as well as an arts & crafts show where past attendees have had the opportunity to meet one of the Ross family prodigies, Lucas Ross!
Aside from its honey and festivities, Minco is buzzing with unique boutiques and timeless antique shops in its charming downtown area. Take a leisurely walk down the historic sidewalks and shop for vintage finds at Blossom Time Shops.
This iconic two-story boutique offers charms in every nook and cranny from seasonal home décor and antique collectibles to local goods, apparel, accessories, and children's items. After filling your shopping bags here, head over to other great shops like Morning Glory, Sister Act 3 and Iron Angel Antiques and Interiors, located just across the street.
Morning Glory provides Minco and its visitors with a clean, fresh and unique shopping experience. The smell of flowers is strong as they specialize in custom floral arrangements. Not only this, but bath bombs also come as a specialty in this little shop. Grab a couple to use yourself and see what the bath bomb craze is all about. After flowers and baths, it is time to get rustic!
As you step foot into Iron Angel Antiques and Modern Interiors, you will find yourself lost in an antique haven glowing with reclaimed, repurposed and re-used treasures. Chairs, Tables, Home Décor and other items made from various metals highlight the unique pieces found within this one-of-a-kind shop.
Following Iron Angel, you can find more unique items at Sister Act 3, a posh little shop with a modern feel and southern-chic fashions. Not only this, but the location also houses a tanning and hair salon to help you get your new and improved look when all of your shopping is done.
Now that shopping is over, I bet you are hungry. Lucky for you, Minco just wouldn't be complete without checking out the dining scene swarming with local flavor. Tantalize your taste buds with a 21st century twist on authentic Mexican cuisine at Nachitos Mexican American Grill or if you're in the mood for a mouthwatering burger or some tasty ice cream, head over to The Dairy Boy, an old fashion drive-in that has been a Minco highlight for over 30 years and counting.
Whether you're in The Land of Milk and Honey for the annual town festival or simply visiting for a leisurely getaway, Minco is sure to please with its big-hearted hospitality and honey-lovin' fun!