Septemberfest Offers Fun Ag Activities on Sept. 6 at Governor's MansionMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:17:53 CDT
Preparations are underway for the 18th annual Septemberfest to be held Saturday, September 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and the Oklahoma History Center. Hosted by Governor Mary Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen, Septemberfest is a free event for the whole family.
“Septemberfest is a beloved fall tradition for many Oklahoma families,” said Governor Fallin. “The First Gentleman and I are excited to open the Governor’s Mansion and its beautiful grounds to Oklahomans from across our great state as we proudly host the 18th annual Septemberfest.”
As a celebration of what makes Oklahoma unique, the event features over 50 attractions for people of all ages. A chalk artist, clowns, face-painting, puppet making, inflatables, carriage rides, live music, chuck wagon cooking, laser tag, museum exhibits, reading on the lawn, live animals and first responder equipment will be on display. Tours of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion will also be available throughout the day.
The Ag Venue is a popular section of Septemberfest coordinated by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It will invite kids to pet alpacas and enjoy pony rides. Free goodies including cinnamon rolls, watermelon, milk, beef hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn will be provided to everyone by agricultural commodity groups. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission will host an interactive water quality activity and there will be a naturalist from Oklahoma State Parks.
"There are learning opportunities throughout the Agriculture Venue. It showcases all aspects of Oklahoma agriculture," ag venue coordinator Becca Lasich said.
A surprise guest for the crowd will be Smokey Bear who will celebrate his 70th birthday by taking pictures with guests and printing the souvenir photos on-site. Smokey’s helpers will give away coloring sheets, stickers, balloons and other fun items.
Located directly across NE 23rd Street from the Mansion, the Oklahoma History Center will also be open and free to the public all day. This year, the History Center will bring the past to life through their theme, Mystery at the Museum. Guests will enjoy an archaeology dig, a secret message activity, detective badge and hat making, and fingerprinting. The history adventure will also include crafts, living historians, live painting, and strolling musicians.
Septemberfest was founded in 1997 by Friends of the Mansion, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to preserve and improve the historic Governor’s Mansion, as well as its grounds and furnishings. The Oklahoma History Center began co-hosting Septemberfest with Friends of the Mansion in 2004. Chairman of this year’s event is Jim Hasenbeck, President of Studio Architecture. This is Hasenbeck’s 12th year to lead the event as chairman.
“Septemberfest is a gift passed from governor to governor for the people of Oklahoma and it continues to grow each year. We are looking forward to this year’s event which promises to be one of the best yet,” Hasenbeck said.
Septemberfest is free and open to the public with no registration or tickets required. For more information about the event or to volunteer, please visit www.fomok.org or contact Friends of the Mansion directly at (405) 557-0198.
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