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Experience the Festival of the Forest

If you want to experience beauty, heritage, and culture, make plans to go to The Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest. The event is at Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, Ok. around mid-June. The festival features forestry competitions that bring back memories of “the good ole days”! The spirit and heritage of the forest comes to life in the contest of men and women who make their living from the woods. Contests include double buck sawing, ax throwing, jack-n-jill crosscut, as well as other forestry events.

Musicians from all areas (gospel, bluegrass, country, Native American, jazz, and rock-n-roll) will keep you entertained. Headlining the festival will be Michael Ray on Saturday night.  Run in the 5K and try to win the canoe races. Enjoy the talent show or play a game of bingo surrounded by nature’s beauty. Cheer on young ladies as they compete for the title of Miss OwaChito. During the forest festival, watch The All American Lumberjack Show perform showing off their skills including, Spring Board Tree-Topping; Stock Saw; Quick Carve and water events including the Boom Run and Log Rolling. You might be asked to participate.

Parking passes for the Festival of the Forest start at $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Motorcycle passes are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For more info, visit


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