The Stratford Peach Festival and the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival filled my summer days with tons of fun and lots of delicious fruit. But now the seasons are changing and it’s time to kick off the fall festivals! Who’s with me?
To start the season off right, join me at the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival on September 27 – October 5. This festival is an annual meeting and celebration of the Chickasaw people. This festival takes place in many different south-central Oklahoma towns including Ada, Sulphur, Tishomingo, Milburn, Davis and Thackerville. The week-long celebration will feature so many activities including a parade, a princess pageant, a 5K run, a fishing tournament, softball games, an art fair, live entertainment, and more.
I don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun. Below are the must-see events during the festival.
Saturday, September 28
Saturday is a busy day at the festival. The day will start with at 8 a.m. with a 1-mile Fun Run and 5K in Tishomingo at the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. More fun will begin at 9 a.m. with the golf tournament at the Tishomingo Golf Course and the Pontotoc Pursuit Bike Ride at Wintersmith Park in Ada. Throughout the day you can take tours of the Chickasaw White House, Fort Washita, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Chickasaw Council House Museum, the Chickasaw Capitol Building, and the Chickasaw Bank Museum.
Friday, October 4
You won’t want to miss the art events on Friday! The Southeastern Art Show and Market and the Arts and Crafts Fair will open at 9 a.m. in the Chickasaw Capitol Building. If you love native art or want to learn more, this is the place for you! I visited last year and absolutely loved talking with the artists and vendors.
Saturday, October 5
Thousands of people will crowd the streets of Tishomingo to celebrate the final day of the festival. Museums will begin giving tours at 9 a.m. and the softball games at the Johnston County Sports Complex. Bring your appetite for a Chickasaw Traditional Meal served at the Chickasaw Capitol Building starting at 11:30. Around the same time, the cultural demonstrations, health fair, petting zoo and the Southeastern Art Show and Market will open nearby. Make your way downtown by 12:30 for the annual parade on Main Street. Throughout the day there will be a horseshoe tournament, cultural classes, fishing tournament, and a cornhole tournament.
(Originally published on September 10, 2018. Updated on August 28, 2019.)