OKMULGEE, Oklahoma - The aroma of pecan pie will flow across downtown Okmulgee this weekend as the 34th annual Okmulgee Pecan Festival kicks off.

The three-day festival begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the event's website, and will conclude at 11 p.m. each night. News On 6 Meteorologist Travis Meyer will open the festival from downtown Okmulgee.

The free, all-ages event will feature food trucks, arts and crafts, live music and cooking competitions. Local entertainer Brent Giddens is set to host Street Dance Night, which starts at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Other events include a pet parade, turtle races, a Splash and Dash 5K race and dunk tanks. For more information on the festival, including a full schedule of events and competition registration forms, visit http://www.okmulgeechamber.org or the festival's Facebook page.