The Oklahoma Born and Branded Festival is less than two months away. Starting on September 27, the three-day festival will host a variety of Oklahoma Born and Branded companies, all of which started in the Sooner state, along with Oklahoma musical talent. The festival will be held in Guthrie on Oklahoma from Division to 1st Street and on Harrison from 1st Street to the Depot.
The festival, which originated in Edmond, was designed to bring attention to non-profits and help them grow.
“This is the first time the festival has been on this scale,” Rebecca Wilber, Owner of The Community Firm and Festival Originator said. “It’s the first time we’ve added a car show and taken on this format.”
Wilber says there are a vast variety of vendors that will attend the festival. From locally owned businesses such as ranches that sell and trade cattle to homegrown businesses that do soaps and pure products. Others include: a foundation company, companies who make homemade food such as pickles and syrup, and even non-profits that represent the music industry and do statewide community-service programs. The best part is all of the businesses are located in Oklahoma and that’s what Wilber says makes this festival special.
“The whole premise for the festival was that there was nothing in the state that focused just on Oklahoma businesses,” Wilber said. “The Oklahoma state fair in Tulsa and in Oklahoma City bring in vendors from several different states. There’s not one festival that focuses on and celebrates Oklahoma businesses only. Our team wanted to figure out how to make this different.”
Among the locally owned businesses who will show their wares, there will be live music on Friday and Saturday evening and all day Sunday. There will also be a car show on Saturday.
Booths will open on Friday at 4 p.m. There will be a band contest beginning at 5 p.m. A special Ty England concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the Depot in downtown Guthrie.
Saturday, booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Oklahoma Born and Branded Car Show will begin at noon. The Cameron Newby Band will perform at 8 p.m. with proceeds benefiting a Type 1 diabetes camp.
Wilber, a Type I diabetic, says that camps such as these are expensive, so their goal is to be able to donate money to send kids to camp. Because of help from her community she was able to attend one as a child, which changed the course of her life. Now we, as a community, have a chance to pay that generosity forward and change other kids lives.
“They’re [Cameron Newby Band] coming home to do a special charity benefit concert,” said Wilber. “The money that we raise is going directly to kids with Type I diabetes to send them to camp. The camp is actually right outside of Guthrie.”
Sunday, the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 11, praise and worship bands will be featured the rest of the day.
Vendor spaces are still available. For more information visit www.oklahomabornandbranded.com or visit their Facebook page.