Magnolia Festival Chairman Jim Dunegan announced the plans for the event which is scheduled for June 2-3. “We have ordered good weather for the festival and the only thing more important than the food is the turtle races,” Dunegan said.
Each year the Magnolia Festival committee hosts this event to get everyone excited about the upcoming festivities.
A Magnolia tree is purchased every year by the committee in honor of “The City of Magnolias” which became Durant's nickname a decade ago. This year's tree was planted on the courthouse lawn.
Carnival rides will start on Wednesday, May 31 and will continue through June 3. Vendors and the Antique Tent will open at noon on Friday, June 2, to officially kick-off the Festival.
The Choctaw Nation Princess Pageant can be seen at 5 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn on Friday, followed by the Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., the Choctaw Fancy Dancers at 7 p.m., the Main Street Showcase at 9 p.m., and Spur 503 will wrap up the evening's festivities.
The Rotary Club is hosting a Magnolia Mile Family Bicycle Fun Ride at 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon prior to their competitive ride on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Carl Albert Park.
Art and Artisans open Saturday's events at the Massey Building, and the Children's parade and activities and the Magnolia Pageant for ages 0-4 years old highlight the morning activities. Pake McEntire will also perform before children ages 5-18 compete in the second pageant. Spur 503 will make another appearance before local favorite Brian McGowan, who is the opening entertainment for Gene Watson on June 3.