So many new things in Enid!!!

There have been a lot of new places opening up lately and it’s an exciting time to be in Enid.  Here are a few places that have opened recently – be sure to check them out and remember, shop locally! The largest portion of Enid’s income is through sales tax revenue.

J’s Donuts – Indian Hills shopping Center

Schieber’s Donuts – 207 E. Garriott – easily the best roast beef sandwich on the PLANET!

Piaceri Gelato – 1302 N. Grand

CherryBerry – will be open July 8th in Sunset Plaza

Eat A Pita – Sunset Plaza

Blaze’s BBQ – S. Van Buren

Elmer’s BBQ – Leona Mitchell & Garriott

Italian Villa – W. Garriott (next to Chinese buffet)

Taste of Mexico – where the Sage Room used to be

J & T’s Philly Cheese – lobby of the Broadway Tower

Dogtown – coming soon on Maine Street where Bamboogeez used to be

We have a new hair salon, too – Fantastic 5 located at 4707 W Owen K Garriott, in the Bowling Alley Parking lot.

Two antique shops – Dee’s Hidden Treasures on Broadway across from the Broadway Tower and Antiques Plus on Independence by the Frisco.

Bluejay’s Barber Shop & Beauty Bar between the Broadway Tower and the Felt Bird – super cool 50′s style place that does the old fashioned shave.

The Trough – a drinking establishment across from the newspaper offices – they have live music all the time, fun place.

I’m sure I’m leaving some out, but those are the ones I know of right off.   If  you know of any others, please list them.

Veteran’s Legacy Ball

Enid held its first Veteran’s Legacy Ball this year.  Coordinated by Elaine Johns, the elegant event was held at the Expo Center Saturday, November 6th.  An outstanding veteran from each branch of military service was chosen to win a “Veteran of the Year” award at the ball where they were treated to a very moving performance by Lana’s School of Dance’s advanced class.  The performance, “Good Night, Saigon” was actually inspired by one of Lana’s friends, David McCoy, several years ago and was originally performed for a Veteran’s Day event at the David Allen Memorial Ballpark.  This year, McCoy was named one of the Legacy Veterans for the Navy and his granddaughter had the opportunity to perform the dance at the ball when he received his award.  She wore his dog tags during the performance. McCoy was a medic in Vietnam.

Other recipients were  Jack McNiece, Army;  Jim Goodrich, Marine Corps; M.L. Becker, Air Force; and William A. “Bill” Estes, Coast Guard.  The recipients and their families and friends enjoyed an evening of big band music and commaraderie and Louis McCune, editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Today Magazine emceed.

Plans for the new veteran’s museum to be built at Woodring Airport were also unveiled.

Please enjoy these beautiful pictures of the Saigon performance provided by Rachel Hancock of Sunshine Photography.

Scare on the Square Recap

Well, Scare on the Square happened for the 8th time in downtown Enid this October 29th.  It was quite possibly a record crowd – estimates of 4 to 5,000 people came out to enjoy all the Halloween fun.

Lana’s School of Dance performed The Black Parade and won the parade entry contest. Autry Tech won the city wide scarecrow contest for the business division and a house on N. 10th won for the best residence.  Kim Abshire wowed us with her best apple recipe entry – Apple Pie cupcakes.

Enjoy a video put together by Enid’s Ty Tompkins of this year’s amazing event. Thank you to everyone that made it possible.

Fling at the Springs 2010 Recap

The revival of Fling at the Springs was incredibly successful.  Some of Oklahoma’s most beloved musicians played to a crowd of approximately 1000 on a beautiful fall evening at Government Springs Park located in the heart of Enid.

We don’t think there’s a thing we would have changed if we could - it was a fabulous time.

Check out our Facebook for pictures and enjoy this video of Chad Sullins and Tom Skinner singing one of Tom’s songs, “Used to Be.”

Coming soon – DVD’s of the Fling and also watch for it to air on Pegasys soon!

Baconalia 2010 Recap

So, Enid (and Oklahoma’s) first bacon festival was a success. Over 450 people from all over the state enjoyed the over 600 pounds of bacon and revelry at Baconalia 2010.

We crowned a Miss Piggy Princess and a Ms. Piggy, heard some crazy and creative hog calls, and witnessed the debacle of the bacon eating contest, won by Eric Winscher.  We also made a lot of new friends.

Baconalia received statewide coverage and even made an appearance in the Oklahoma business newspaper, The Journal Record.  Quite impressive for a first time event.

The goal of the Baconalia organizers was to bring people to Enid that wouldn’t normally come here and considering the vast majority of attendees were from other cities, that goal was handily accomplished.  Baconalia received a Mayor’s Excellence Award from the City of Enid for its efforts and we are truly grateful for the City allowing us the opportunity to have the festival in the first place and for everyone that helped and attended.  Next year will be even better!

Enjoy some of the photos from that glorious day in Enid history:

But one small bit of the 800 pounds we bought...

This photo was from one of the attendees - titled "This is what's in God's ice chest."

Some of the ladies vying for the Ms. Piggy crown.

Bob & Eli Berry enjoying their meaty treats.

Call to Enid People

I received an email with a request of Enid folks.  If anyone could help out, it would be much appreciated!

“Thanks for building this site.

I have a request to Enid residents. I’ve been spending time researching Enid history and trying to improve Enid’s presence on the site. The town has such a rich, fascinating history that I’m not sure everyone is aware of. At least, going through Enid schools, I wish I would have learned all these little tidbits in class.

While I make the best efforts to write and improve articles, since I no longer live in Oklahoma, there is one thing I cannot do…take photographs! There needs to be better pictures uploaded to wikimedia commons. So many Enid Wikipedia articles lack photographs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Enid,_Oklahoma

A good place to start would be our 16 national register historic sites:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Garfield_County,_Oklahoma

This is where photos can be uploaded. They have to be original pictures in which the photographer is ok with releasing it into the public domain.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Enid,_Oklahoma

I’d love it if you could put out a request to your readers.

peace,
Kiddo27″