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Road Trip Oklahoma stopping in Chickasha

Running between Thanksgiving and New Years, Chickasha's Festival of Light has become an award winning display with over 4 million lights. The event brings in approximately 300,000 people and is produced mainly through charitable contributions and volunteer efforts. One of the current major projects underway in Chickasha is the construction of a new Early Education Center, a 20-million dollar job, which is expected to be finished in August 2012. More>>

Fun Facts About Chickasha »

  • Founded in 1892, it began as Chickasha, IT (Indian Territory). In 1900, it had a population three times larger than Tulsa and was known as the “Queen of the Washita Valley”.
  • During WWII, Chickasha was the home of the Wilson & Bonfils Flying School that began training fighter pilots for the Air Force in 1941, the Borden General Hospital established and used by the army and a German prisoner of war camp that was established in 1944 on the present site of Grady County Fairgrounds and Event Center.
  • The nationally recognized Festival of Light is an award-winning exhibit of approximately 4 million lights displayed each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s in Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park. The spectacular display is enjoyed by over 300,000 guests and is produced primarily through the efforts of charitable contributions and volunteers since 1993.
  • The first business in Chickasha was the “Cowboy Saloon” and was located in a tent.
  • Shannon Springs, a spring–fed aquifer that comes out of Colorado, was a popular watering hole for the Chisholm Trail and home to the first public pool and zoo in Oklahoma.
  • The Oklahoma Industrial Institute and College for Girls, established in Chickasha in 1908, was renamed the Oklahoma College for Women in 1916. In 1965, the college became coeducational and was renamed the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts and is now known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, which is nationally ranked academically and the ONLY public liberal arts college/university in Oklahoma.

Schedule of Events »

8:00am - 10:00am

Mama Carol’s

Come hang out at this Chickasha favorite Friday morning and eat like the locals do. We’ll be there with prizes for some lucky patrons.

11:00am-2:00pm

Crazy 8 Cafe

The Crazy 8 Cafe and Coffeehouse, in the historic Dixie Building, serves up authentic espresso drinks and full–service coffee bar. The menu features a delicious selection of hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups and a daily special. Gourmet desserts and breakfast pastries are made in–house daily.

1:15pm-2:30pm

Grady County Historical Museum

The Grady County Historical Museum has an assortment of exhibits that tell the story of Grady County’s origin and many residents.

  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm Meet & Greet with Amanda Taylor and Kelly Ogle

4:00pm-5:30pm

A&E Grill

Aaron and Robin Warren brought together over thirty years of experience when they started A&E Grill. They aim to provide the freshest food served by the best staff. Try their made–from–scratch cheese sticks to taste the difference.

  • 4:00pm — 5:30pm Watch live reports with Darren Brown and win some prizes.

Community Visits

Chickasha Middle School

Val Castor, Lead Storm Chaser, will teach kids about Oklahoma weather during an entertaining and informative weather presentation.

Leadership Luncheon

Amanda Taylor and Kelly Ogle will participate in a luncheon with Chickasha leaders.

Chickasha Quilters

Robin Marsh and Stan Miller will drop by to visit with some Chickasha quilters about their missions to help the Military.

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