It’s that time again: time to plan your cabin escape to Broken Bow during the weekend of June 16, 17 and 18 for the 2016 Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest!

Residents of and Visitors to the Broken Bow area look forward to this annual event celebrating our community, our heritage and SE Oklahoma’s natural beauty.

Held at the Broken Bow City Park, this festival brings a friendly welcome to all with the 5K run; children’s events; youth activities; Choctaw Indian Dancing, story-telling, singing and cultural demonstrations; concessions; the Forestry Competition; Archery Contest; Horseshoe Contest; Talent Show; Domino Tournament; Turkey & Owl Calling Contest… and so much more. This year promises to be one of the most exciting years to date with the traditional Miss Chocktaw Owa-Chito Pageant, a Bike Show at the Beaver’s Bend State Park Nature Center, and a lineup of exciting musical highlights!

While the main event is free to the public, on-site parking for the event is $20 in advance (available at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, Idabel Chamber of Commerace and Valliant Chamber of Commerce) and $25 at the gate. We recommend parking offsite: take advantage of the bus that travels to and from the park (follow signs in town).

So bring yourselves, bring your family, friends and loved ones to Broken Bow in June for a relaxing cabin vacation highlighted by everyone’s favorite local event!

A formal schedule can be found at the Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest Facebook Page. However a general schedule of events follows:

Thursday June 16: The Art & Photography Show opens today with the Battle of the Bands in the evening.

Friday June 17: The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. This day brings the Miss Choctaw Owa-Chito Pageant to the festival grounds. The evening features Gospel Night featuring The Talleys.

Saturday, June 18: This is the main day of activity at the Festival: an endless selection of contests, games, shows and music is available all day! That evening, the Battle of the Bands winner is announced, and our featured performer, Oklahoma native Corey Kent White (one of the top 10 finalists on Season 8 of “The Voice”) takes the stage. The festival also sponsors a 10:00 a.m. Bike Show at the Beavers Bend State Park Nature Center (with a $25 entry fee).