Rain Won't Stop Broken Arrow Rooster Days

Saturday, May 9th 2015, 10:33 am
By: News On 6

Rooster Days is back in full swing Saturday after closing early Friday night due to heavy rain and lightning.

“Weather contingency plans always are watch the weather, talk to the National Weather Service, talk to our emergency management people, talk to our local media, keep an eye on what's going on, if the conditions are unsafe we postpone,” festival director April Sailsbury said. “If the conditions remain safe and it's just rain we keep going.”

The Rooster Days parade began at 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of College and Main. It passed through the Rose District and ended at the Rooster Days festival site at Central Park.

Some familiar faces from News On 6 were in the parade including Dick Faurot in Storm Tracker 6. Anchors Meagan Farley and Dave Davis emceed the annual parade.

A carnival, lots of food and entertainment will be underway throughout the day at Oklahoma's longest continuous running festival.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Central Park, 1500 South Main Street. The carnival closes down at 10 p.m. It's free to get in though passes are needed for carnival rides.

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The festival has an indoor marketplace for people to shop if the rain begins to fall. Vendors outside said business has been steady despite the threat of more bad weather.

Karen Jencks has been serving food from her concession stand for 20 years.

"It brings their family together,” Jencks said. “They all come out for the parade, and they support Rooster Days really well. It's always been that way; it's just a good feel."

This year she's concocted her version of "Rooster Juice.”

It tastes like cherry soda, but finishes like hot sauce.

“Everybody that drank it last night said it was absolutely delicious," she said.

It's free to get into Rooster Days and you can buy "mega ride" passes for $35, which get you access to the rides for the whole day.

“We will stay open as late as we can," Sailsbury said.