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FALL FESTIVAL coming to Hooker, Okla. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:28

 

By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times

 

Fall officially began in late September, and this weekend, the community of Hooker, Okla., is welcoming the season with open arms with its first ever Fall Festival.

Coordinator Buddy Holbert said the fun begins Friday evening and runs through most of Saturday.

“We have a barbecue contest starting Friday evening, and it’ll run through Saturday,” he said. “We’ll also have a kids’ barbecue contest Friday night. We have Randy Granger, who is a Native American flutist, playing Friday evening and Kaitlin Butts, a country singer, playing Friday evening. We have a free hamburger and hot dog feed all Friday evening starting around 5.”

Miss Kansas 2015 and Miss Oklahoma Latina will also be in town for some of the festivities.

“Saturday, Miss Kansas will be here for a few hours,” Holbert said. “She will be at the high school about 11 o’clock in the morning in the auditorium. She will be at Lindsey’s Boutique for a couple of hours. We have Miss Oklahoma Latina.”

Holbert said Miss Oklahoma Latina will have a similar schedule to Miss Oklahoma, with one exception.

“She will be at Mills Ideal, which is where she’s going to be most of the time,” he said. “We’ll have the De Maria dancers from Hooker and the Folklorica dancers from Guymon. Randy Granger will be playing again on that Saturday.”

For those with an appetite, the Fall Festival also has the “Smokin’ Hot BBQ Championship,” which starts at 5 p.m. Friday and is opened to anyone.

“The International Barbecue Association cookoff rules apply, and they’re online at hookeroklahoma.net,” Holbert said. “Anybody can enter it. There’s $4,000 in prize money in a total of four categories, which is beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. There’ll be prizes for each. Judging will start about noon on Saturday and run till 3 o’clock, and by 4 o’clock, we should have a winner.”

The fun does not stop there, though. Also joining the Fall Festival is a square dance group from Perryton, Texas, giving demonstrations and interacting with the crowd.

Holbert said this and more will make coming to Hooker this weekend well worth the trip.

“We have country music,” he said. “We have different styles of music. We have classic rock. We will also be doing a jalapeno eating contest. It’s $150 to the winner. We also have vendors from all over the Five State are that will be here at an arts and craft show selling their goods.”

Holbert said though this is the first year of the Fall Festival, expectations are still high, giving organizers hopes for even bigger future editions of the event.

“We’re hoping to draw people from the Five State area to come and see what Hooker has to offer and join in some of our activities and just have a good time and promote the cookoff and our local businesses,” he said.

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