It’s almost time. The inaugural Luther Pecan Festival is Saturday, November 18, from 10 am – 5 pm, on Main Street.
The story of the festival began several months ago as chronicled on the Luther Festival website.
The Luther Pecan Festival was dreamed up one day on Main Street by a group of neighbors, local business owners and friends who have a desire to see Luther grow and wanted an avenue to showcase our Main Street businesses and celebrate a growing number of local artists and artisans. Considering that the annual migration of visitors to Couch Pecans every harvest time is a visitor boon to our area, we are offering visitors something fun to do in Luther on the first Saturday after Couch Pecans Opens, a one day festival, Saturday November 18.
Actually, let’s back up. It was about this time one year ago, when the influx of visitors came to Couch’s Pecan Orchard on opening day like they do every year, November 15 and we wrote about it. It was just a couple of weeks before the new Rustic Farm opened in the old Engels Store on Main Street. (We wrote about that too!)
A few months after that, Urban 66 joined the retailers on Main Street, joining the anchors of Main Street the Luther First Bank & Trust, Alan Booher’s CPA, and Josephine’s Cafe. Main Street is also where you find Town Hall, the police department and a Veterans Memorial. That’s about it, besides a few private residences along the strip.
Luther was making a comeback.
So, it seemed a good fit to have a festival and tie-in to Couch pecans – capitalizing on the visitors coming to town anyway and giving our guests something else to do in our town. It also seemed like it would be a draw because Oklahomans LOVE our festivals, it was close to holiday shopping season, and we know of many local artists who should be showcased.
We thought we’d be doing well to have about 20 artists. Maybe a couple of food trucks. Maybe a few businesses will sponsor the event.
We were so wrong in the best possible way.
Just a week away from the festival, we have nearly 50 artists, 12 food trucks, a very impressive roster of musicians for live music a cook-off, a fully loaded kids’ zone, a car show, a SANTA visit … and the most generous and best sponsors around. We put ourselves out there with this “little” idea, and it’s has become an incredibly humbling and exciting event.
Take a look at this list of sponsors (and click on their names). Please thank them, do business with them. Support them. They believe in #lutherlocal and our town.
116 Farmstead Market & Table
Luther First Bank & Trust
Triangular Silt Dike
Choctaw Healthcare Express
A Bright Tomorrow Counseling
Linn’s Plumbing, LLC
Thermal-Kat Heating & Air Conditioning
Kandi Malphrus, Providence Realty
Apple Creek Gang
Reserve National Insurance
What a list of sponsors! Our heartfelt thanks to all.
The festival is a production of Luther Register News, with a lot of help from the best organizing committee around. We’ve been working since about June on this festival. Our first meeting was at Josephine’s Cafe, and Aunt Cissy made us special pecan appetizers. From there we were off with meeting (after meeting). Artwork – done by Morian Grady. Logistics work – done by Scherrie Pidcock. And Lela Carter – we wouldn’t have a car show or half of our artists and food trucks without her! Lela also got Santa to come, and a photographer to take family or group photos! This girl has connections!
Sheila Farmer took the Cook-Off and ran with it, proceeds benefit 4 Our Community.
Katelynn Nelson, Felicia Pringle, Tami DeLozier, Pam Simmons, Chris Ivich, Diane Couch, Brandy McDaniel and others have been key in getting done some important detail work and many others are working even further behind the scene for this event. Special thanks to the Town of Luther, Oklahoma County and Brian Jasper, Luther Police Department, Luther Fire Department, Boydston-Bailey Funeral Home, Luther Insurance Agency and others for supporting the festival.
When we asked Kenny Paine with Dump Depot about porta-potties, he didn’t hesitate to say he’d bring some. Because it’s his town! Luther neighbor Blake Ballweber with Ad Tech Signs made the signage and banners.
While crossing our fingers, we are thrilled the weather forecast for Pecan Fest calls for 61 degrees and some sunshine. Anything can happen, but we’ll be ready.
Our town is ready to welcome our guests to the inaugural Luther Pecan Festival. When we say “bring your cash and your calories,” we want to emphasize that the artists are offering some incredible items – for your gift lists, for your friends, for your home and yourself. And the food! Oh my. Food trucks and all of the local restaurants will have their best offerings for you.
It’s a celebration of #lutherlocal.