2014 89er Day Parade Theme Announced

Organizers announce ‘True Grit’ theme

 Round up the wagons and get into gear as you head to Norman’s 89er Day Parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. April 12 in downtown Norman. The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin at Main St and Crawford and travel West through Downtown Norman.

The theme, True Grit, pays tribute to the parade’s 2014 partner, Pioneer Library System, which is celebrating the finale of its Big Read in conjunction with this year’s parade. The novel, partially set in Oklahoma, has been the focal point of the library’s initiative throughout the year.

In addition to the parade, the day’s Big Read activities will include an 11:30 a.m. Free Family Fun Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Robinson, followed at 2 p.m. with a Wild West Show featuring Pawnee Bill.

Registration to participate in the parade by visiting the official 89er Day Web site,www.Norman89er.com or picking up entry forms at the VisitNorman offices at 2424 Springer Drive, Suite 107.

The Norman 89er Day Committee is an all-volunteer committee that organizes the activities each year to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run of 1889, which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April 22, 1889.

 

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2013 89er Day Parade Theme Announced

Organizers announced this week that registration is open for the 2013 89er Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, April 20.

The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin 10 a.m. on Main Street and Pickard, ending at Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

This year’s theme is “Workin’ Up a Storm.” Participants are encouraged to design their entries to reflect what the theme means to them.

“Norman’s 89er Day Parade is a great opportunity to bring friends, families and businesses together in a festive community event that is fun for people of all ages,” says Charles Hollingsworth, chair for the parade. “The more festive your float or entry, the more attention you'll receive.”

There are 10 divisions upon which entries will be judged: Floats, Round-Up Club, Music & Dance Groups, Auto, Trucks, Other Vehicles, Miscellaneous Children, Miscellaneous Adult, Equestrian and Other Animal.

More information is available at the official 89er Day website, www.Norman 89er.com. Entry forms are available at www.Norman89.com or by calling (405) 366-3954. Entry forms can be submitted by faxing to (405) 573-3177.

2013 89er Day Parade Committee Members: Chair-Charles Hollingsworth, Wanda Daley, David Donaldson, Sandy Dunaway, Karin Ford, Mary Bess Gamel, Erinn Gavaghan, Mary Hatley, Jim Keesee, Gary Kramer, Mark A. Ledbetter, Michelle Linnemann, John Marsh, Don Mayes, Bill Nations, Mike Pullin, Fred Queen, Andy Reiger, Bob Rice, Tommy Thomas, Bob Thompson, Lori Thrower, Mary Jo Tinsley, and Jennifer Tregarthen.

Last Call for Entries!

Organizers announced the judges for the 2012 89er Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, April 21. This year’s theme is “Back in the Saddle… Again.”

Organizers selected W. E. Duff, Linda Holt, Gary Hardwick, Bob Rice, Anthony Wuestenfeld, Meghan McCormick, Brad Benson, and Joe Antinoro to judge the 2012 89er Day Parade.

There are 10 divisions upon which entries will be judged: Floats, Round-Up Club, Music & Dance Groups, Auto, Trucks, Other Vehicles, Miscellaneous Children, Miscellaneous Adult, Equestrian and Other Animal.

The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin 10 a.m. on Main Street and Pickard, ending at Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

This years parade will include entries such as the United States Marshal Posse with 12 horsemen and an original jail wagon! Other entries include marching bands from Blanchard, Lexington and Noble schools, and the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums, the most attractive pipe band in Oklahoma.

Entry deadline for the parade is April 14. Entry forms are available at www.Norman89erDayParade.squarespace.com or by calling (405) 366-3954. Entry forms can be submitted by faxing to (405) 573-3177.

More information is available at the official 89er Day website, www.Norman89erDayParade.squarespace.com.

Grand Marshal Declared

The committee charged with coming up with an 89er Day Parade Grand Marshal has a few criteria for each year’s selection: Longtime contributions to Norman life and roots dating back through the area’s history are two of them.

That made the selection of Dr. Teena Nations and Dr. Bill Nations an easy choice for the committee. The Norman power couple have been contributing to the community for more than 40 years.

Bill, a dentist, former city council member and mayor, served in the state House for 12 years. Teena, a teacher, principal and state education administrator, was the first woman to serve as Norman High School principal.

They met in Dallas where Bill was in dental school and Teena was teaching school. His family were farmers who turned to roadbuilding in between harvests. Teena grew up in west Texas.

Look for the Nations family in the carriage on April 21. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Norman High School and heads east to Crawford Avenue. We’ll see you there.

Norman 89er Day Parade Announces Theme

Covered wagons are rolling through downtown Norman for the 2012 Norman ’89er Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Back in the Saddle ... Again” and will celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run, which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April 22, 1889.

Sean Crandall, co-chairperson with Charles Hollingsworth, said the parade is the perfect family friendly event, complete with historical details and floats.

“I think the whole goal is to commemorate our history as the state of Oklahoma and Norman’s history becoming a city,” he said. “And remembering our western heritage and the past.”

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The parade will begin at Main Street and Pickard Avenue — with this year’s grand marshals, Drs. Bill and Teena Nations, in the lead — and will end at Main Street and Crawford Avenue.

The ’89ers Day Wagon Train — a group that tours the Oklahoma countryside in covered wagons to commemorate the land run — will be a part of the train of wagons, floats, bands, horses and classic cars during this Norman tradition, Crandall said.

This year’s judges — W. E. Duff, Linda Holt, Gary Hardwick, Bob Rice, Anthony Wuestenfeld, Meghan McCormick, Brad Benson and Joe Antinoro — will determine winners in 10 categories. Categories include best float, musical/dance group, automobiles, miscellaneous, animals and more.

Crandall said the parade will include performances from Norman High School and Norman North High School jazz bands, Lexington High School band and Noble High School band.

The parade is one of the many things that makes Norman special, Crandall said.

“I think anyone that comes out will be entertained (and) will have a good morning, and (it’s) a great way to start their weekend,” he said.

Norman ’89er Day is funded by the city of Norman and donations from individuals and businesses.

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