GooberFest Celebration This Saturday in Colony


Over 30 entries are expected for this Saturday’s (October 7) GooberFest parade in Colony.

The 10 a.m. parade is just one of many activities planned throughout the GooberFest event, a peanut harvest celebration in Colony. Other activities include art exhibits, kid’s activities, displays of new cars and farm equipment, portrait artists, crafts booths, food booths, health screenings and Colony Music Jam. Admission is free to all events.

GooberFest is presented by Southwestern Oklahoma State University in cooperation with the City of Colony and the GooberFest Committee, chaired by Doug Misak. Corporate Sponsor is the First National Bank of Weatherford.

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 parade will feature bands, cars, tribal dancers, political candidates and various other entries.

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. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. 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 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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

Colony is located 14 miles south of Weatherford. Additional information is available by calling Parrish at 580.774.3766.