OKLAHOMA CITY – A popular festival that puts the best of Native American culture on display is coming to one of the state’s most popular facilities.
The 2014 Red Earth Festival is scheduled for June 5 through June 7 at Remington Park.
The annual event will put the spotlight on hundreds of American Indian artists, dancers and performers from across the country.
Children’s activities, live performances and food booths round out the event.
The Red Earth Art Market opens on Thursday at 6 p.m. for the Red Earth Art Awards ceremony where the winner of the AT&T Grand Award for Best of Show will be announced.
The opening preview of the Red Earth Art Market will continue until 10 p.m.
The festival continues Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Red Earth Championship Men’s Fancy Dance and Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance Competition will crown the best American Indian dancers in America, with performances on Friday and Saturday.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about conducting the Red Earth Festival at Remington Park,” said Janet Dyke, board president of the non-profit Red Earth, Inc. “Our new venue is a beautiful property with exceptional landscaping and easy access from both I-35 and I-44. We will be able to provide our guests with 6,000 free parking spaces along with free valet parking.”
To celebrate the Red Earth Festival, a parade will fill the streets on Friday morning in downtown Oklahoma City.
The procession represents nearly 100 nations, bands and tribes with men, women and children in full tribal regalia.
USA Today named the Red Earth Festival one of 10 Great Places to Celebrate American Indian Culture.
The festival has also been named Oklahoma’s Outstanding Event by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association and Central Oklahoma’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Event by the Frontier Country Marketing Association.
For more information, visit the Red Earth Festival’s website.