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Upcoming Events in Anadarko Oklahoma


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Anadarko Riding Club Playday - Riding and competing on horses. 3rd Saturday of every month, April thru September.

Address: Anadarko Fairgrounds , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-3311 (Always call and confirm events)

Saturday Events - Every Saturday from June to November starting at 6am and going until 2pm. Farmers Market, Native American Arts and Crafts sale and show, Community Yard Sale, Musical Groups, Native American Dancers,and Food Vendors.

We are currently seeking anyone listed above to participate in helping Anadrako grow as a community.We welcome groups and organizations to be our premier food vendor for the day as a fund raiser for your cause. for more information please call Hali Marin at (405)247.5452 (405)247.2468 or email.

Address: 132 E Broadway & 214 E Main Anadarko, Ok , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-2468/5452 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 405-247-5452
Email: marinhuertas@gmail.com
Web: windhollow.org
Fee: $20 booth space for vendors

May

4 - 5 Kiowa Black Leggings Society Dance - The annual Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial is held at Indian City Ceremonial Campgrounds in Anadarko, Oklahoma. In honor of warriors and veterans, the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial focuses on Native Americans in the military and their sacrifices, both for their tribe and country. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial includes traditional dancing, a presentation of colors and the singing of a war mother's song. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, known as the Ton-Kon-Gah, was established many generations ago to honor veterans. This historic event dates back to over 200 years ago.

Bring your own lawn chairs. Handicap Accessible.

Address: Indian City USA , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-5661 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.facebook.com/kiowablackleggingswarriorsociety/
Fee: Free

10 - 12 Vietnam Veteran's Celebration - Powwow honoring veterans from the Vietnam War. Includes victory, gourd and social dancing, contests in arts and crafts, war mother ceremony and songs, and traditional food.

Address: Wichita Tribal Park , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-2425 (Always call and confirm events)

June

24 - 25 Anadarko Riding Club Rodeo - Rodeo Queen crowning, Rodeo competition.

Address: Anadarko Fair Grounds , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-3311 (Always call and confirm events)

July

4 Honor America Day - There will be a fishing contest, Soap Box Derby, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Presentation of Colors at the Flag Pole N. of swimming pool, a men's fast- pitchTournament, chalk art contest, sand sculpture contest, turtle races, three- legged race, sack races, Fourth of July Ceremony, Prayer, & fireworks at dark. There will also be three moon bouncers, a slide, the Fire Dept. cook outs and vendors with foods, and arts & crafts. 3:00 - 11:00 PM.

Address: Randlett Park , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-6651 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: coc@anadarko.org
Web: www.anadarko.org
Fee: Free

13 O-Ho-Mah Lodge Ceremonial - Pipe dance ceremonials, war dance, social dancing and tail dance presentations will be performed. 9:00 AM.

Address: Indian City USA , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-5661 (Always call and confirm events)

August

1 - 4 Wichita Annual Dance - Dancing, Arts & Crafts & Vendors. 1:00 PM to Sunday, 11:00 PM.

Address: Wichita & Affiliated Tribes, 1.5 mi. N. of Anadarko , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-2425 (Always call and confirm events)

22 - 27OK0202002e007 - Anadarko American Indian Exposition - Held annually in August, generally during the first week, at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko, this week long festival features 15 tribes, providing an opportunity for native and non- native communities to share the rich heritage, traditions, and spirituality of Native America, as well as to mingle and enjoy the spirit of friendship and community! Indian camps and arbors depict the original way of life.

Enjoy Native American arts and crafts, foods, and pageantry. Horse and greyhound races are held in the afternoon and pageants and dancing are in the evenings. The World Championship Fancy Dance Competition will be Saturday evening, beginning at 7:30. Enjoy parades at 11 a.m. on Monday and Saturday in downtown Anadarko. The carnival is at the fairgrounds.


HISTORY

An important event each year for Native Americans of the Great Plains country is the American Indian Exposition, held at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko, Oklahoma. A historic city in the middle of what was originally called "Indian Territory" Anadarko was settled when the Indian reservations were opened up for settlers in 1901.

The American Indian Exposition, a non-profit organization, was incorporated under Oklahoma law in 1935 by Maurice Bedoka, Parker McKenzie, and Edgar Halfmoon. It was the successor to the Southwest Indian Fair, which was first held in Caddo County in Anadarko in 1931. The latter was incorporated by another Indian group, who moved it to Wewoka, where it dissolved after its first showing. After the fair was moved back to Anadarko, it got the name it is known by today. A number of prominent Indians under the then Kiowa Agency, including Lewis Ware, McKenzie, Bedoka, and Glen Peters, were instrumental in establishing the Indian fair, as it was then called.

The original purpose was to encourage and assist Indian people to progress in homemaking, poultry and stock raising, and general farming, and to promote and retain the cultural life, handicrafts and arts that were handed down through the generations, by providing a showcase for them. Due to World War II and changes in the economy, exhibits in the homemaking and farming areas were phased out. Now the Exposition concentrates on presenting outstanding attractions and retaining the arts and handicrafts.

Prior to 1935, the Comanche, Kiowa-Apache (now Apache Tribe of OK), Caddo, Wichita, and Delaware tribes started the Southwest Indian Fair. After the change to the American Indian Exposition, it was so successful that the City of Anadarko, the state legislature and the federal government appropriated funds to help support it. Later, other tribes were invited to join, and it is now operated by 15 area tribes.

Ph: 405-247-5661 (Always call and confirm events)

26 - 31 Caddo County Free Fair and Horse Show - Exhibits in 4-H, FFA, OHCE and open classes, as well as livestock shows and expositions.

Address: Caddo County Fairgrounds , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-3376 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.caddofair.com
Fee: Free

October

28 Autumn Festival and Car Show - Arts & crafts, car show, entertainment and fun games for the kids. 8 AM to 6 PM.

Address: Randlett Park , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-6651 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: coc@anadarko.org
Web: www.anadarko.org

5 - 6 Kiowa Black Leggings Society Dance - The annual Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial is held at Indian City Ceremonial Campgrounds in Anadarko, Oklahoma. In honor of warriors and veterans, the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial focuses on Native Americans in the military and their sacrifices, both for their tribe and country. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial includes traditional dancing, a presentation of colors and the singing of a war mother's song. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, known as the Ton-Kon-Gah, was established many generations ago to honor veterans. This historic event dates back to over 200 years ago.

Bring your own lawn chair. Begins at 2pm.

Address: Indian City USA , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-5661 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.facebook.com/kiowablackleggingswarriorsociety/

November

30OK0202002e011 - Anadarko Holiday Celebration - Illuminated trees along Central Boulevard lead the holiday traveler toward beautiful Randlett Park, transformed into a holiday wonderland of over 75 lighted displays and towering trees. The Washita River meanders through the park reflecting the shimmering images of toy trains, huge poinsettias, horse drawn carriages, and even the jolly old elf in a fishing boat. Holiday Celebration volunteers from all over the community design and construct every display to create two miles of the most unique and tranquil Christmas displays in the southwest.

Open 6-10 p.m. nightly from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December.

Address: Entrance is at 7th and West Oklahoma , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-6651 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.anadarko.org
Fee: No admission fee. Donations are graciously accepted.

December

1 - 31 Holiday Celebration - Illuminated trees along Central Boulevard lead the holiday traveler toward beautiful Randlett Park, transformed into a holiday wonderland of over 75 lighted displays and towering trees. The Washita River meanders through the park reflecting the shimmering images of toy trains, huge poinsettias, horse drawn carriages, and even the jolly old elf in a fishing boat. Holiday Celebration volunteers from all over the community design and construct every display to create two miles of the most unique and tranquil Christmas displays in the southwest.

Open 6-10 p.m. nightly from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through December.

Address: Entrance is at 7th and West Oklahoma , Anadarko, Oklahoma
Ph: 405-247-6651 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.anadarko.org
Fee: No admission fee. Donations are graciously accepted.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians

The National Hall of Fame of Famous American Indians was established to recognize famous Indians. It was a chance to provide a portrait in bronze bust for people to touch and see the famous people in a three dimensional likeness that they read about in history books. Formed in 1952

Anadarko, OK Halls of Fame

Sidewalk Art

Sidewalk pavers display an Indian mosaic design of the teepee, fire and arrows representing home, warmth and protection of the home respectively.

Anadarko, OK Arts

War Memorial

The bronze sculpture stands in front of the Caddo County Courthouse with the inscription "In Memory of Our Brave Boys."

Anadarko, OK Memorials

Indian City, U.S.A.

- CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - The only authentic restoration of American dwellings and way of life in America, Indian City, U.S.A. is on the site of the massacre of the Tonkawa Indians by a band of Shawnees and other mercenaries during the Civil War.

Anadarko, OK Museums

Philomathic Pioneer Museum

There is no better place to learn of Anadarko's pioneer past than at the Anadarko Philomathic Museum. The museum is housed in the old Rock Island Depot, the famed train station where Jesse James' mother stopped for a drink of water.

Anadarko, OK Museums

Things to do near Anadarko, OK

Marlow Museum

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Tribal Complexes in Caddo County

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Steen's Buttes

Steen's Buttes, mounds south of the city, were first reported by army explorers in the 1840s. The easternmost mound is "Rock ...