(Drumright, Okla.) The Drumright Chamber of Commerce will host the 40th annual "Oil Patch Jamboree" in Drumright on Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th, with two days packed full of family fun and entertainment, including the world-famous "Oil Patch Parade," live music, the "Jamboree Jog" 5K walk/run and a barbeque competition.
The event will mark a huge milestone as Drumright continues to celebrate its "100 Year Centennial," but will also shine a light on the brave Oklahoma firefighters who placed their own personal safety at great risk to battle against the devastating fires that have taken an incredible toll recently on this part of the country.
On Friday evening at 7 o'clock, there will be a special "Tribute to Oklahoma Firefighters" concert featuring popular Red Dirt music group, the Red Dirt Rangers at Whitlock Park (Jones Street and Lou Allard Drive). The concert is free-to-the-public, with a requested donation to benefit firefighters from across the region and hundreds of area families who lost their homes to fires.
On Saturday morning, runners will line up for the 9 o'clock "Jamboree Jog" 5K run/walk. Before and after the parade, there will be live music from several Country, Red Dirt, Americana and Folk music artists who are scheduled to perform at parks all along Broadway Street, including sibling trio Flat River Band from Nashville and local and regional entertainers Bo Phillips and John Cooper, Rick Reiley, Slapout with Hugh Foley, and The Misfits.
At 11 a.m., the "oil Patch Parade" will come to life with marching bands, cheerleaders, fire engines, and the large assembly of oil field equipment.
Following the parade at approximately 12 p.m., the festivities will continue at Whitlock Park with a concert by Country starlet Shawna Russell and hot new Red Dirt band The Damn Quails. Also at the park behind the ball field, the "Smokin' in the Patch" barbeque cook-off and awards event will be holding court. The cooking competition returns this year with participants vying for cash prizes in several categories, including barbeque sauce. A special "Firefighters Class" is guaranteed to bring home a cash prize for fire departments whose cooks are voted the finest.
The "Oil Patch Jamboree" promises to offer entertainment for people of all ages, delicious food offerings, AND an opportunity to provide help to victims of recent wild fires in the area - while paying heartfelt "tribute" to the brave firefighters who help keep the community safe from danger.
For more general information and vendor sign-up, please contact Sandy Perry with the Drumright Chamber of Commerce at (918-) 352-1516. Or visit the Drumright Oil Patch on Facebook.
For video highlights from last year's "Oil Patch Jamboree," click here to watch on YouTube: Drumright Oil Patch Jamboree Highlights from 2011