By ROB W. ANDERSON
For those who love the outdoors, any reason is a good a reason to visit Sequoyah State Park.
People of all ages attended the sixth annual Sequoyah Fest, a family-friendly event that offers arts and crafts, food, games for children, a golf tournament, pony rides, nature trail hikes and more.
Once known as the “Made in Oklahoma Festival,” Sequoyah Fest is an event put on by Sequoyah State Park and Sequoyah Park Partners.
The affair, this year on April 20, is one of many fundraisers held during the year to make other events and activities possible, said Sequoyah Park Partners President Claudette Carper.
“We’re a nonprofit organization, and we raise money to put on the fireworks show, the Easter egg hunt, and we do a junior ranger camp and a fishing derby for the kids. Our festival is a way to make money,” she said. “The ‘Made in Oklahoma’ vendors come in. We have games outside for the kids. We would have had boat tours on the lake, but since the lake’s up this time, we’re going to cancel that.”
When not perusing the arts and crafts vendors set up inside The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, visitors were able to enjoy carnival games, the golf tournament, hiking or seeing the animals housed at Three Forks Nature Center.
Tahlequah resident Glenn Riggs brought his daughters, Bailey and Hannah, to the park to enjoy the fest and see the animals.
“We’ve come for a couple of years now. They have pony rides, and they’ve got things for kids to do,” he said. “And we come out to see the animals.”
Coweta vendor Cheryl Bowman said she and her husband just recently joined the vending scene and learned about Sequoyah Fest through a social network website.
They offer a variety of items like fuzzy flip-flops, streamlight flashlights, and a variety of peanuts, among other things.
“We saw the ad on Facebook and decided to try it. Normally we set up at the flea market in Tulsa, but we thought we’d try something different,” she said. “[Sequoyah State Park] is gorgeous. You get to see different areas. You get to meet different people. It’s been nice.”
Jeff Nichols came to the park to take part in the three-man golf scramble.
The 18-hole golf course, which is bordered by the shores of Fort Gibson Lake, is under new management, and the course is once again delivering the conditions and experience every golfer enjoys, he said.
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