GooberFest Planned October 7 in Colony


A peanut harvest celebration will take place Saturday, October 7, in Colony.

The one-day GooberFest celebration includes activities from 9 a.m. until evening. Among the activities are a 10 a.m. parade, art exhibits, kid’s activities, displays of new cars and farm equipment, portrait artists, crafts booths, food booths and a health screening. Admission is free to all events.

Mr. Goober will lead the parade followed by various other entries including the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Marching Bulldogs Drum Corp, the United States Army Reserve Color Guard;  the SWOSU’s women’s’ basketball team and former star Kristi Dickerson Gabriel, the Colony Riding Club, antique cars, hot rods, political candidates and other entries.

John Parrish, director of the event, said the day offers activities for young and old.  Children will enjoy a moonwalk, face painting and games. Adults will enjoy a variety of food, art and crafts. Peanuts will be available in every form along with bar-b-que, Indian tacos and hamburgers. Crafters will bring antiques, quilts and beauty products for sale.

The Gallery of the Plains Indian will feature art by dozens of well-known artists including Enoch Kelly Haney, Archie Blackowl, Barthell Little Chief and Edvard Munch to name a few.  SWOSU student artists Kinsey Jones and Winoma Nixon will also be exhibiting.  Art for sale will include paintings, framed art prints, jewelry, pottery and sculpture.

Jim VanDeman, painter and flute maker, will be on hand in the Gallery to demonstrate the making of an American Indian flute.  VanDeman will also display and sell his hand crafted wooden flutes.

The SWOSU Pharmacy Association will hold a health screening for diabetes and check blood pressure free of charge.

The day ends with a performance of the Colony Music Jam beginning at 6 p.m.  Evert Smith is coordinator for the CMJ.

GooberFest is presented by SWOSU, located in Weatherford, in cooperation with the City of Colony and its GooberFest Committee, Doug Misak, chairman. Corporate Sponsor is the First National Bank of Weatherford.

Colony is located 14 miles south of Weatherford.

For more information or to reserve booth space, please contact John Parrish at SWOSU, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, 73096 or at 580.774.3766.