Pelican Festival Arrives at Grand Lake October 10-13

One of the state’s top tourist destinations, Grand Lake, is set to attract visitors from around the area on October 10-13 for its 35th annual Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. So many events, attractions and performances are scheduled; it may be easy to miss the stars of the event, the pelicans that call Grand Lake home this time of year.
            According to Jay Cranke, executive director, Grand Lake Association, the festival is the highlight of summer’s end in the lake area. “This event brings residents and visitors together for an autumn celebration at Grand Lake. Along with enjoying the pelicans with the lake tours, there truly is something for everyone.”
            That something includes carnival rides, musical performances, pelican lake tours, arts & crafts, food trucks, free face painting, free balloon animals, car show and a parade. The festival is hosted by the Grand Lake Association with the Cherokee Casino Grove as headline sponsor.
            Free entertainment includes performances by Let’s Zeppelin on Friday night from 7:30-9:30, NightTrain on Saturday from 2-4:30 p.m. and Next Halen on Saturday evening from 7:30 until 10. These events take place under the Cherokee Casino Grove entertainment tent.
            On both Friday and Saturday, Pelican Boat Tours are available for $20. Call 918.786.2289 for reservations. Art & Crafts and food trucks will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday.
            Carnival by Pride Amusements is open from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
            The parade, organized by the Grove Rotary Club, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
            Sponsors of the festival include: Headline Sponsor Cherokee Casino, Grove; Grand Lake Association; Grand River Dam Authority; The Grove Sun; Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron; Classic Golf Carts; and OklahomaTravelok.com.
            The Grand Lake Association is a member of Green Country Marketing Association. For more information, call Grand Lake Association at 918.786.2289.

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