With the McClain County Free Fair in the rearview mirror, it’s nearly festival time on Main Street.

The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Festival of the Heart will be September 21.

Elizabeth Baker, interim executive director at the chamber, said the event will have something for all ages.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors and food trucks are already committed, but the chamber has more spaces available.

Baker said September 17 is the deadline to reserve space.

Sunshine Shaved Ice will be selling snow cones and the other  food vendor will offer fish and chips and waffles.

Adult beverages may be sampled – and purchased – from one of two wineries that have reserved booth space.

Local eateries will help stave off hunger pangs. Among those open on festival day will be the Happy Camper Cafe, Fired Up Nutrition, All In Diner, Belle Starr Saloon, The Whole Kitchen Caboodle, Rusty Knot and Guadalupe’s Mexican Restaurant.

Activities for children will include a bounce house and slide provided by Dawg Daze Party Rentals.

Baker said vendors coming in for the festival will be selling everything from craft items to pretzels and jams.

Pioneer Public Library will participate and in keeping with the chamber’s “shop local, eat local, spend local” campaign, several downtown merchants will be open as well.

Those include Auntie Mae’s Antiques, Savvy Parke Boutique, Rustic Urban Boutique, Tyler’s Furniture, Wanderlust Mercantile, The Healing Fairy, Queen of the Tees, Butler Antiques, Grapevine Antique Mall and Uptown Funk Thrift Store.

Festival of the Heart evolved from the Loose Caboose Festival, which for many years was sponsored by Purcell’s downtown antique merchants on the Labor Day weekend. 

It was taken over by the chamber, renamed and scheduled for a later date.

Prospective vendors should contact the chamber office at 405-527-3093 or send an email to chamberoffice@theheartofOK.com.

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