The annual Bluegrass and Chili Festival was one of two state events receiving the 2006 Redbud Award for Outstanding Event at the recent Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Bartlesville’s OKMozart International Festival also received a 2006 Redbud Award.

Claremore’s newest annual event, The Will Rogers Wild West International Expo, was named Outstanding New Event in the state.

A record number of Oklahoma’s tourism professionals gathered for the awards presentations during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Oct. 2-4, in Midwest City.

Redbud Awards represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma tourism industry. Entries are evaluated by out-of-state judges based on criteria including customer service, marketing effectiveness, media relations, variety of audiences reached, value, and overall creativity. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association

present the Redbud Awards annually.

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