ENID, Okla. — Free public events are planned in downtown Enid this weekend for the Cherokee Strip Celebration, marking the 125th anniversary of the 1893 Land Run.
Festivities begin with a full day of western movies, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, 120 W. Maine, and an Indian taco lunch served by Enid Intertribal Council, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, on the Garfield County Court House lawn.
Free music and a showing of the movie "The Sandlot" will be offered 6:30-8 p.m. Friday evening on the courthouse lawn, sponsored by Main Street Enid.
Events resume at 9 a.m. Saturday with the annual Enid Walk of Fame at Central National Bank Center. This year's ceremony will honor Grammy Award-winning opera soprano and Enid native Leona Mitchell, Central National Bank Chief Executive Officer R.S. "Brud" Baker and the late Don Haskins, head men's basketball coach from 1961 to 1999 at Texas Western College, later renamed University of Texas El Paso, and coach of the NCAA national championship team in 1966.
Family activities commence at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the courthouse gazebo, with live music by "The Branders," food trucks, a petting zoo and a performance by "The Oklahoma Kid" trick roper.
The weekend's main event, the Cherokee Strip Parade, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and will include horses, marching bands from Enid, Chisholm, Waynoka, Waukomis and Cimarron public schools and longhorn cattle sponsored by Bank of Kremlin.
Children are invited to enter the bicycle parade with decorated bicycles or wagons. Bike parade entry forms are available from Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, 210 Kenwood. The bike parade will form at 10:15 a.m. Saturday on the north side of Garfield Furniture at Maine and Grand.
Children in second grade or younger must be accompanied by an adult, and motorized vehicles are not allowed.
More music and trick roping will follow the parade, and Old West gunfight shows by Marlow Gunfighters are scheduled for 1 and 1:45 p.m.
Kalea Stafford, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce special events and membership director, said Saturday's activities "are really geared toward families."
"It's a great event," Stafford said, "and parents can bring their kids down and just enjoy the late morning and early afternoon in downtown Enid."
On Sunday, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will host a church service at 10 a.m. on the east lawn of the library, near where the first Christian services were held in Enid on Sept. 17, 1893.
Jon Blankenship, president and CEO of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, said the Cherokee Strip Celebration is a fun, family-friendly event focused both on Enid's history and future.
"It’s great that we as a community are still commemorating the largest land run in history," Blankenship said. "It is the largest land run in history and is really the founding day of Enid and a lot of other places that were in the Cherokee Outlet. It is our heritage, and is a mix of our history and an exciting vision of what Enid can be for the future."