GLENPOOL --The 35th annual Black Gold Days is now underway in Glenpool’s Black Gold Park.
The festival commemorates when oil was first struck in the area. Because of its discovery, Glenpool was once known as “The City that Made Tulsa Famous.” In recent year’s Glenpool has changed its motto to “Creating Opportunities.”
“Black Gold Days is kind of just a celebration of when we did strike oil and what that really meant for the Tulsa region in creating gold mines of opportunities,” said Glenpool Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer cook. “Not only are we celebrating our history, but we are looking forward to our prosperous future.”
This year, organizers extended the event to four days. The festival began Thursday evening with a flag-raising ceremony and the Miss Black Gold pageant and continues through Sunday evening.
Friday’s events include karaoke and a concert with Sticks & Stones and David Dover Band.
Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Glenpool Lions Club breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a 5K Run and frog and turtle race.
“Throughout the entire event there will be craft vendors, food vendors and lots of other stuff for people to check out. It’s an affordable chance for families to get together and hang out and relax, have entertainment for the kids but also entertainment for the adults.”
About 6,000 people are expected to attend.
This is huge for the community. We have different things that we do throughout the year but this is really what we are known for is Black Gold Days,” Cook said. “People all the way from Okmulgee and Muskogee up to Bartlesville and North Tulsa, they all come here, even sometimes from out of state to come and enjoy this event.”
Black Gold Days runs until 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Black Gold Park.
Visit glenpoolchamber.org for a full schedule of events.
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