OrangeFest Celebrates Town and Gown Partnership

OrangeFest Celebrates Town and Gown Partnership

Dr. Bill Path

We’re just a week away from OrangeFest, the annual event that brings my OSUIT family together with the Okmulgee community I call home. This is the fifth year Okmulgee Main Street and OSUIT have partnered together to paint the town orange, and there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with live music, entertainment for all ages, good food and the annual Glo Run 5K.

Q: What can I expect at this year’s OrangeFest?

A: OrangeFest has become a unifying symbol of the longstanding relationship between the OSUIT campus and the community of Okmulgee. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in downtown Okmulgee with activities around the Council House Square.

Headlining the OrangeFest main stage again this year is The Get Down, performing covers of Top 40 favorites starting at 7:30 p.m. The band will also serve as DJs before and after their live performances.

The Kids’ Zone has become a family favorite and once again will have several inflatables for high-energy bouncing fun. OSUIT’s Child Care Center will be there with coloring sheets, games, bubbles, and more. Phi Theta Kappa will also join the Kids Zone to add face-painting and temporary tattoos.

You can even test out your skills climbing the rock wall or riding the mechanical bull. Pistol Pete, himself, will be making an appearance to pose for selfies. And you can’t have a festival without good food! OrangeFest will feature local food trucks in addition to our wonderful downtown restaurants including Kirby’s Café, That Mexican Place and Tavern 56.

This signature event continues to grow and evolve, but OrangeFest wouldn’t be complete without the annual Glo Run 5K through downtown. Runners and walkers will start and finish in the heart of OrangeFest, and the route will take them along the trail system to Hawthorne Park and past some of Okmulgee’s beautiful downtown murals.

OrangeFest is a great chance for OSUIT students and employees to come together with Okmulgee Main Street to offer the community a fun, safe and hopefully even educational event that they will want to come back to year after year.

Okmulgee is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged “college town.” As always, your questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Please continue to send them to osuit-president@okstate.edu.