OrangeFest originated in the late 1980’s when OSU Institute of Technology (aka OSU-Okmulgee) hosted an annual open house event on campus known as Super Weekend featuring activities that the whole community could enjoy while showcasing the academic programs that defined “OSU Tech.”
OrangeFest has been proud to welcome these special guests to Okmulgee.
An Emmy award-winning artist, art director, cartoonist, and illustrator, White is best known for his work on Pee Wee’s Playhouse. He’s also worked on music videos for Smashing Pumpkins and Peter Gabriel. For over 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world.
The multi-talented music chart topper has a rock-bottom baritone that has been compared to Josh Turner and Chris Young. But if he has to be compared to anyone in the business, he says, he hopes it’s for his character.
Craig Wayne Boyd
Texas-born and raised country singer and multi-instrumentalist Craig Wayne Boyd, who came to the public’s attention when he was a contestant, and the eventual winner, on the seventh season of the television show The Voice in 2014, showed an affinity for music even as a child.
Twenty years later, OSUIT resurrected the event in 2013 and called it Super Saturday as an homage to Super Weekend. Many of the same traditions from Super Weekend were brought back including a kite-flying area, kid-friendly activities, the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce Trade Show, and a general open house for all academic programs. New activities included the Okmulgee Wellness Coalition Fun Run, a Hawaiian Luau by the Culinary Arts program, and the High Voltage Lineman Rodeo. Headlining the event was a presentation by Emmy award-winning artist, cartoonist, and puppeteer Wayne White, presented by the School of Visual Communications.
In 2014, Super Saturday expanded further by adding a 5K to the Fun Run, a Mustang Auto Club Expo, the OSU Tailgate Zone, plus a workshop from Celene Aubrey of the world-famous Hatch Show Print in Nashville.
Headlining the event was rising country music artist Dylan Scott presented by 106.1 The Twister. The alumni reunion on Friday made history by the induction of ten OSUIT standouts into our Hall of Fame.
In 2015, with the tremendous support of Okmulgee Main Street, Super Saturday was rebranded to OrangeFest to reflect the bright orange future represented by the #OkmulgeeRising movement and OSUIT’s involvement. The best of the previous years’ traditions will continue and center around the square in downtown Okmulgee.