The Healdton Oilfield Days kick off tonight in what event planners are calling the biggest Oilfield Days yet.
Healdton’s Oilfield Days will begin Friday night and last until Saturday evening when the night’s rodeo concludes. The two days are jam packed with two nights of rodeo, a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, and a variety of competitions. The event’s organizer, Amber Ford, said you won’t want to miss this year’s events.
“This year will be the biggest yet,” Ford said. “I’m really excited about the car show. I’ve been doing it for three years now and it’s just gotten bigger and bigger.”
Events begin at 8 p.m. Friday night with mutton busting at the Healdton Oilfield Days Rodeo. Over the course of two nights the rodeo will feature events like junior barrel racing for those 14 and under, mini bareback riders, ranch bronc, tie-down roping, adult barrel racing, team roping, and bull riding.
Pam Nichols, Healdton Chamber of Commerce treasurer, said they are expecting this year’s event to draw thousands.
“In the past we have had a smaller number of attendees,” Nichols said. “But this year we have a lot of free events for kids and a bigger program. This will be one of our biggest events ever, and I’m not just saying that to tell people that. I’m serious, this will be the best one.”
On Saturday, the celebration will begin early at 7 a.m. with the 40th Annual Old Timers’ Breakfast at the Healdton Schools’ Cafeteria. Sausage, gravy and biscuits, doughnuts, and scrambled eggs will be served, and the prestigious Oil Man of the Year award winner will be announced.
With full stomachs, event goers can then make their way to 5th Street where the annual Oilfield Day’s Parade will begin. The parade will end at the Oil Museum where the car show will be held (registration for the car show is at 8 a.m.). During the day’s events at the museum, event goers can look at all of the cars on display, and kids can vote for the car they like the most. There will also be bounce houses for children, a pinewood derby, live music from the local band Okie Dokie, a wrench toss competition, and for children, the junior firefighter challenge competition. Vendors selling food and other goods will also have booths set up.
The celebration continues well into the night as the second evening of rodeo begins at 8 p.m. At Saturday’s rodeo event, the Healdton Oilfield Days Rodeo Queen will be crowned. The two contestants who are competing against each other by selling tickets and sponsorships in hopes of winning the $500 cash prize and title are Avonleigh Musick, 4, and Bella Walker, 7.
The Chamber is expecting that the car show will bring in around 1500 people, and that several hundred will show up each night at the rodeo.
“I think the community is going to come together and celebrate that we are an oil community,” Nichols said. “We will survive this downturn that we’re experiencing in the oil market, and I think community members are going to come out and celebrate that this weekend.”