OKLAHOMA CITY –Complete with a surrey with the fringe on top, the theme of this year’s Septemberfest at the Oklahoma History Center is Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the musical’s Broadway debut.
Septemberfest, a free event, is Saturday, September 8, at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, just north of the Governor’s Mansion. A news release about the event says that Governor Mary Fallin and her husband will give rides to children in the surrey in the afternoon, if weather permits. The surrey is similar to the one in the musical and movie.
Septemberfest was founded in 1997 by Friends of the Mansion, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to preserving and improving Oklahoma’s historic Governor’s Mansion as well as its grounds and furnishings. The Oklahoma History Center began co-hosting Septemberfest with Friends of the Mansion in 2004 and moved the event away from the Governor’s mansion to the History Center four years ago.
“Septemberfest has been passed down from governor to governor for the people of Oklahoma,” said Studio Architecture President Jim Hasenbeck, who is in his 16th year as chairman of the event. “The event continues to grow each year, and we love how it gathers people from all over the community together for one day of family fun.”
The festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features more than 60 attractions for people of all ages. Activities include:
• Arts and crafts
• Chuck wagon cooking
• Face painting
• Laser tag
• Museum exhibits
• Oklahoma musicians and performers
• Pony rides
• Square dancing
The Oklahoma History Center will be open and free to the public throughout the event, and tours of the Governor’s Mansion will be available. Food vendors will be on site. Families are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy on the lawn.
Septemberfest is free and open to the public, with no registration or tickets required.