The Masters at Work Woodturning Exhibit – September 9-October 14 – at the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park The exhibit shows the exceptional work of various woodturning clubs competing for the title of "Master" woodturner. The exhibit features some of the regions most talented artists. All of the pieces will be added to the Forest Heritage Center's permanent wood art collection. Call 580-494-6497 for more information.
McCurtain County Lumberjack Festival – October 2 The Lumberjack festival is held each year in October, at the city park in Wright City. Events include pancake breakfast, 5K run, Soap Box Derby, art & photography contest, forestry competition including cuttings, ax throw and log races, 3-D archery and 3-on-3 Basketball tournament. There will be musical entertainment all day long. There will lots of food and craft booths, a cakewalk, bingo and lots of FREE kids activities including an inflatable kiddie fun park and much more. Cash prizes for all event winners.
McCurtain County Fall Fest – October 6 Fall Fest is held the last Saturday in October, in downtown Idabel. Events include retail sidewalk sales, food vendors, craft vendors, Chicken Cook-off, games, children's activities, Kids Art Zone, Amateur Talent Show, Hidden Treasure Sale, Pet Pageant, and free entertainment. Contact the Idabel Chamber of Commerce at 580-286-3305 or www.IdabelChamberofcommerce.com for more information.
Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show – November 9-10-11 The Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show, held the second weekend in November, is a showcase for turn-of-the-century arts and crafts. Almost 70 exhibitors and vendors will feature crafts and skills like candle making, woodturning, lye soap making, knife making and quilting. A mule logging demonstration will educate visitors about the old-time techniques of mule logging. The courtyard of the Forest Heritage Center is a haven for the children. Storytellers spin their yarns; a petting zoo offers up-close and personal encounters with furry critters. The children's activity area will offer kids the opportunity to create a puppet show with their imagination and their own handmade paper puppets. The twang of banjos, the wail of the fiddles and the ring of the dulcimer strings accompany all this. Four of the country's best folk musicians will be featured on an outdoor stage throughout the three-day festival. Free Mountain Dulcimer workshops offered each day in the courtyard. There is always-outstanding food at the Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show. Food vendors offer items such as pork-o-bobs, chicken tacos, as well as smoked turkey legs, Indian tacos, cowboy tacos, and wrap sandwiches. Long-time Festival favorites like kettle corn, corn dogs, roasted ears of corn and funnel cakes will also tempt visitors. Wash it all down with fresh apple cider or sarsaparilla. This festival is a food-lovers paradise! For more information on contact The Forest Heritage Center at 580-494-6497
In McCurtain County, there's something for the entire family. Southeast Oklahoma – the Beavers Bend State Park area - is the place to go if you and your family want to experience nature at its majestic best. Located in the heart of the Kiamichi Mountains, McCurtain County is home to Broken Bow Lake, Pine Creek Lake, the Mountain Fork, Eagle Fork and Glover Rivers and Beavers Bend State Parkhttp://www.beaversbend.com/Info.htm Admissions is FREE.
There is kayaking, canoeing, trout fishing, hiking and biking in pristine forests.....and just kicking back enjoying a fantastic cabin in the cool mountain pines. There are museums, nature centers, golf, antique shopping… there is fun, entertainment and wonderful dining for the entire family and it is all just a short 3-hour drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.