Beavers Bend Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest

Celebrate the “good old days” of southeastern Oklahoma at the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, a three-day celebration held annually in the heart of Beavers Bend on the third weekend in June.

The family-friendly festival has been held each summer for more than 40 years to acquaint visitors from near and far with the beauty, heritage, culture and progress of the land and people of Kiamichi Country.

The spirit of the forest comes to life as men and women of the woods face off in forestry competitions, including double-buck sawing, ax throwing, “Jack-and-Jill” crosscut and more. A Bull of the Woods is selected from the field of competitors each year.

The festival also welcomes a variety of musical acts representing a wide swath of genres and styles, from traditional gospel, country and bluegrass to Native American, jazz and even some good old fashioned rock and roll. An art show, lumberjack show, fiddle contest, kids activities and more round out the weekend’s entertainment.

For more information on the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, including dates and times, visit the Oklahoma Forestry Service website (http://www.forestry.ok.gov/owa-chito-festival-of-the-forest ) or call the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497.