31 www.DurantChamber.org Honoring the heritage of Durant, also known as the “City of Magnolias,” the annual Mag- nolia Festival of Oklahoma features games and festivities perfect for a fun-filled family weekend. In 2015, the Magnolia Festival was honored with the Redbud Award for “Outstand- ing Event” from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. The Magnolia Festival began in 1997 and takes place the weekend following Memorial Day. The Festival kicks off each year with the Durant Riding Club Magnolia Rodeo at the Du- rant Rodeo Arena on Memorial Day weekend. The weekend following Memorial Day, don’t miss the continuing activities at the Choctaw Event Center, which includes a carnival with a wide array of rides, games and yummy fair food along with a stunning fireworks display on opening night. Inside the Event Center, check out the craft and vendor booths, food vendors, exhibitor displays, Texoma Arts Association Art Show and the Magnolia Theatre, featuring free, family-friendly entertainment throughout the festival. Of course there are plenty more free events outside with a children’s tent, pony rides, turtle races and much more. The Magnolia Festival also hosts a variety of other activities happening throughout the com- munity including a 5K & Fun Run in Downtown Durant, a Veteran’s reception and the Durant Rotary Magnolia Bike Tour. And don’t miss the live music at Choctaw Casino Resort on Friday and Saturday nights of the festival. As headquarters of the Choctaw Nation, Durant’s Magnolia Festival also showcases the history and folklore of their heritage with Choc- taw dancers and a Choctaw Princess Pageant each year. With a wide variety of events, entertainment, activities, food and exhibitions, the Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma is a guaranteed fun-filled weekend in Durant for visitors of all ages. For more information on the Magnolia Fes- tival and a full schedule of events, visit www. magnoliafestival.com Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma Hitchcock Distributing A proud member of this community and a supporter of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. 2901 W. Arkansas · 924-3350 60711563 60711576