Happy 100th, Oklahoma!

To commemorate the event, towns throughout the state are having parades and picnics and concerts and such all this year.  On November 16th, the children and I drove with Grandma to celebrate Statehood Day in Guthrie (our state’s original capital).  There was a huge parade and a picnic.  Many people were dressed in period clothing.  The town had even chosen to recreate the menu offered 100 years before:  a slice of bread, a piece of beef, a pickle, lemonade and coffee.





This was what it looked like walking along the parade route.  Besides all the people you can see ahead there were just as many behind and even more around the corner where the parade turned toward the park.  I overheard an official say they estimated over 4,000 people in attendance.







For the two horse-loving girls with us, the Clydesdales were a great favorite.  I suppose God knew that because He arranged for us to get a wonderful close-up look at them not once but twice.  First, since we didn’t have any clue where to park, we ended up walking through the parade staging area.  This picture was taken there.

Then later during the parade there was an especially long pause and what entry stopped right in front of us for several minutes?  Yep, the Clydesdales.

All in all we ended up walking about two miles that day.  Not so much for an adult but it almost did Brother in.  We were so fortunate to find a space on the trolley for the ride back to our car or that distance would have been doubled & my arms would have fallen off from carrying the exhausted Brother.

(This pic was taken mere moments before I stepped into a ginormous hole which I didn’t see because I was looking through a camera lens.  – Since this is not the first time something like this has happened, I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog to “The Graceful Photographer.” )

Finally, back at the car after a full day we decided to grab a snack before heading out of town.  This would have been an easy feat if we actually knew the town’s layout or even if the main thoroughfares (closed for the parade) had been opened.  After much wandering we found ourselves exactly back where we started at which point Sister helpfully noted, “Hey, hey grandma!  I think we’ve been on this street before!”

There was one bright point in our wanderings:  a sign which I’ve recreated below.



I mean no disrespect if you’re last name is Brown or Gross but knowing how a bride agonizes over all the details of her wedding I can just imagine the conversations surrounding this one.

Bride: Should it be Brown/Gross or Gross/Brown?’  Could we get away with just saying ‘B/G wedding? 

Groom:  Oh, the heck with it.  Let’s just elope.

Anyway, thanks Mr & Mrs. Brown-Gross.  You gave us a good chuckle when we needed it.  We hope you had a lovely day – neither gross nor brown.



In summary, a good time was had by all.


In honor of our state I leave you with these fascinating facts.

Most people think of the stage play ” Oklahoma !” when they hear our state’s name mentioned, but there is so much more to Oklahoma than “beautiful mornings,” “fringe-laden surreys ” and “a girl who cain’t say no.”

Oklahoma is not only the home of Ado Annie and AuntEller from ” Oklahoma !” but of the parking meter(invented in OKC) and the shopping cart (invented in Ardmore ).

The electric guitar also was invented in Oklahoma, by a Beggs musician named Bob Dunn. The first “Yield”sign was installed in Tulsa .

The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Oklahoma as having the most diverse terrain of any state in the nation. The state, according to EPA, boasts 11distinct eco-regions.

The state has more man-made lakes than any other, which give us more than a million surface-acres of water and 2,000 more miles of shoreline than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined.

The Sooner State has produced more astronauts than any other state in the union. Owen Garriott is an Enidboy, while Tom Stafford is from Weatherford, Shannon Lucid is from Oklahoma City, WilliamPogue is from Okemah and the late Gordon Cooper was from Shawnee.

Oklahoma is home to the Amateur Softball Associationand Hall of Fame, a world class zoo in OKC and more F4 and F5 tornadoes than any other state.

Oklahoma is the third-largest natural gas-producing state in the nation and ranks fourth in the production of wheat, cattle and calves, fifth in the production of pecans, sixth in peanuts and eighth in peaches.

The state’s colors are neither OU’s crimson and cream nor the orange and black of OSU but green and white.

Oklahomans practice 73 major religions. The largest is the Southern Baptist Convention, with nearly 1,600 churches and more than 960,000 members.

Oklahoma gave birth to Dick Tracy (cartoonist ChesterGould is a native of Pawnee) and Donald Duck (Clarence “Ducky” Nash, the original voice of Walt Disney’s Donald, grew up in Watonga).

The number of famous singers from Oklahoma is too long to list here but includes Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McIntire, Woodie Guthrie and Roger Miller.

Oklahomans have survived the Dust Bowl, any number of killer tornadoes, the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City ‘s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and various oil booms and busts. Oklahoma is populated by people who are caring, giving, hard-working, patriotic and fiercely independent. Oklahoma is a good place to live, work and play.


If that’s not enough check out these links.

We’d love to learn something about your state too!  Leave us a link in the comments. :)


2 thoughts on “Happy 100th, Oklahoma!

  1. Just terrible — a nice post with nice pictures and all I can think of is that wedding. Hehe. I guess 7-year-old boys aren’t the only ones who find stuff like this just hilarious.

    I like Gross/Brown instead of the reverse.

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