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Press Release

Release Date: August 27, 2007

by Kerri McDonald



It is time once again to make plans to attend the 47th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and the 19th Annual Chickasaw Festival.

This week-long celebration of tribal culture and heritage is scheduled to take place September 29 through October 6 in Tishomingo, the historic capitol of the Chickasaw Nation, with events in Ada and at the Kullihoma stomp grounds as well.

The Annual Meeting will include Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby delivering the “State of the Nation” address 9 a.m. Saturday, October 6 at Fletcher Auditorium on the campus of Murray State College (MSC) in Tishomingo.

“This is such a great time of year for Chickasaws,” stated Governor Anoatubby. “We always look forward to gathering with our families and friends to celebrate our culture and history.”

The “State of the Nation” is always followed by the festival parade on Tishomingo’s Main Street. Hundreds will gather to watch as bands, floats, organizations and children’s groups from across the southern Oklahoma march the parade route.

The festival includes a variety of exciting events designed to appeal to people of all ages including a Chickasaw traditional lunch on the MSC campus, cultural and dance troupe demonstrations on the capitol grounds, the Chickasaw artists exhibition, the Band Day Extravaganza, Chickasaw White House tours, a horseshoe tournament and more.

Saturday’s festival events and activities are conducted throughout Tishomingo on the grounds of the historic Chickasaw Capitol, Pennington Park, Murray State College campus, Johnston County Sports complex and other venues.

New to this year’s festival is a gospel singing on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the capitol ground’s west lot. Local and professional singers and groups will be on stage to entertain the crowd.

Several events for kids and families are scheduled throughout the festival week. These include the Chickasaw Princess Pageant in Ada, the Junior Olympics at Tishomingo High School, slow and fast pitch softball tournaments, a golf tournament at the new WinStar Golf Course, cultural tours and demonstrations at the capitol grounds, the Arts and Culture Awards ceremony, Youthful Celebration with new cultural make-and-take items, the senior arts and crafts sale, the JC Riding Club rodeo, and a cultural evening at Kullihoma.

New attractions for children include a petting zoo, pony rides and train rides in Pennington Park. The park will also have inflatable games and the Kids’ Fun To Learn tent that includes face painting, crafts and several make-and-take projects. The children’s activities are available Tuesday, October 2 through Friday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 from noon to 5 p.m.

A complete listing of events, locations and schedules will be available in the Chickasaw Times September issue or online at http://www.chickasaw.net/.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Festival office at (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.