The annual Mary H. Herron Memorial Kite Festival is scheduled for April 13 at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Idabel. Attendees can bring their own kites or make one on-site for free. Families can drop in and drop out from 10 am to 3 pm. Kite Fest is sponsored by the Museum of the Red River and the Idabel Minority Action Committee (IMAC). It’s one of the Museum’s most popular, recurring events. Last year’s festival attracted over 60 amateur kite-makers.
Come and enjoy the warmer weather as the dogwood trees bloom! Vendors from all over the region make the trip for this free event.
The Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest is held annually the last weekend in April. This festival is held in Broken Bow at the beautiful Beavers Bend Resort Park. The purpose of Kiamichi Owa-Chito, Inc. is to stage an annual Festival of the Forest in an effort to acquaint the people of Oklahoma and the world with the beauty, heritage, culture, industry and progress in Kiamichi Country. The festival features forestry competitions that bring back memories of “the good ole days”! The spirit and heritage of the forest comes to life in the contest of men and women who make their living from the woods. Contests include double buck sawing, ax throwing, jack-n-jill crosscut, as well as other forestry events. A “Bull of the Woods” winner is selected from the field each year. Musical entertainment is prevalent throughout this event. Musicians from all areas (gospel, bluegrass, country, Native American, jazz, and rock-n-roll) keep crowds entertained. Activities for the youth are also a major component. Children’s games are very popular.