It’s almost that time! OSU Institute of Technology and Okmulgee Main Street have teamed up once again to put on the annual OrangeFest festival in downtown Okmulgee, Friday, April 12.
This free community event will begin at 4 p.m. and end around 11 p.m. A family-friendly event, the evening features everything from live music, food trucks and a beer garden to a mechanical bull, lawn games, inflatables and the annual Glo Run 5K.
The community homecoming celebration, hosted by OSUIT and Okmulgee Main Street, is around the Creek Council House Square downtown.
"OSUIT is a vital part of the Okmulgee community & Okmulgee Main Street is proud to partner with them on OrangeFest!” said Heather Sumner, executive director of Okmulgee Main Street.
Back again this year, The Get Down, will be taking the stage to perform favorite Top 40 covers beginning at 7:30 p.m. The band will also serve as the OrangeFest DJ before and after the live performance.
The local radio station, 106.3 FM The Brew - KOKL, will also be broadcasting live from OrangeFest.
Keep an eye out for OSU mascot Pistol Pete as he makes an appearance for photo opportunities.
There won’t be a shortage in food for the event. Three food trucks will be open during the event in addition to downtown restaurants.
Okmulgee’s Boss’n Hogs BBQ truck will have a full menu of smoked meats all evening along with a fan favorite ice cream food truck, 8230 Enterprises, serving up tasty treats. New this year to the lineup will be Collins Katfish Wagon serving up their famous fish tacos and other signature dishes.
Sumner said some of the other restaurants will be open as well. Kirby’s Café, That Mexican Place and Tavern 56 will have their doors open for other food options throughout the night.
On the corner of 6th Street and Morton, Tavern 56 will also be hosting a beer garden where those 21 and older may visit and enjoy an adult beverage or two.
If you’re looking for another way to enjoy a unique drink, OSUIT’s students in the Future Chef’s Association will be bringing back the Ice Luge serving up orange smoothies.
In addition to the food, drink and entertainment, the event will also feature many activities such as face-painting, inflatables, lawn games and a mechanical bull. Stay tuned for more information on activities
For more information on this year’s performers and food options, visit osuit.edu/orangefest.