• Posted:Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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Have an art attack in Oklahoma
Backpackers in the Sooner State looking for something to do on September 3rd might be very interested to learn about the area's sixth annual Appetite for the Arts Festival, an art and entertainment tour throughout the El Reno district which is - drum roll, please - absolutely free! That should cheer up all you backpackers out there on your cheap travel shenanigans who are trying to save a pretty penny. There's nothing sweeter than free entertainment, I always say.

From between 17:00 and 21:00 local time, you can take your pick of activities, which include live music, an art tour, wine tasting (fantastic!), shopping and a ride on the only rail-based trolley in Oklahoma. Some of the music acts featured throughout the evening include Lower Middle Class and Gene Stroman. Also getting their groove on at this year's festivities are the Dance Etiquette group and folklorist Albert Bostick, who's a storyteller as well as a visual artist, actor and director. Phew! Imagine trying to fit that on your business card…

For those backpackers up for the art tour, a number of styles and artists will be exhibited along the way, including some genuine Native American fare from Cheyenne Henry Bushyhead, who's a fourth generation silversmith. If you have kids in tow, there's also a sidewalk chalk drawing contest, complete with first, second and third place cash prizes.

And just in case you were wondering why Oklahoma's called the Sooner State, here it is - apparently, Indian territory was opened to settlers in 1889 with thousands of eager pioneers clamouring to stake a piece of land. Those that got in early where called Sooners, hence the nickname for Oklahoma.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19342635-ADNFCR
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