- Ada, Oklahoma

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September 15, 2009

Annual Chickasaw Festival begins Sept. 26

The proud story of the Chickasaw people will be shared with citizens from all around the Chickasaw Nation during the 49th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 21st Annual Chickasaw Festival, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 26 and culminates October 3.

“Our Story Continues” is the theme of this year’s event. The theme reflects the Chickasaw Nation’s proud history and bright future.

“Our culture and history come to life for all Chickasaws and our neighbors during the Annual Meeting and Festival,” said Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Activities and events which celebrate Chickasaw heritage, history and traditions will be featured at different venues throughout the Chickasaw Nation, including the cities of Tishomingo and Ada, the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur and WinStar Golf Course in Thackerville.

Gov. Anoatubby will deliver the State of the Nation address during the Annual Meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, October 3 at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College in Tishomingo.

Immediately following the address, Tishomingo’s Main Street will be the scene of the Festival Parade, one of the largest parades in the area, including high school bands and organizations from around the state.

A Chickasaw traditional meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. on the Murray State College lawn. A health fair will also begin at 11:30.

A petting zoo, children’s activities and a “make and take tent” will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tishomingo’s Pennington Park. Horseshoe Tournament registration begins at noon at Pennington Park, and arts and crafts and food vendors will be located at the park from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Stickball, Chickasaw Dance Troupe and cultural demonstrations will be conducted on the west side of the Chickasaw Nation Capitol grounds, along with a Gospel Singing from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The day will end with the Johnston County Riding Club Rodeo at the Tishomingo Tee Pee Arena, beginning at 8 p.m.

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