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October 4, 2012

THINGS TO DO — Festivals 10.05.12

— PAWS ANIMAL FEST, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Honor Heights Park. Oxford Productions will have music. PETCO will be there with giveaways. Stevi's Pretty PAWS grooming will be there, concession, bake goods, pet contest, Animal Fest T-shirts for sale, raffle tickets for sale now at PAWS and at our event. Gold pendant from Haley & Loyd’s, kids bike from Kmart and more with a raffle ticket donations and you don't have to be present to win. This is PAWS 20th anniversary for serving the community.

2012 CASTLE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and 20-27, The Castle of Muskogee. Expect some different twists, turns and surprises. Tickets must be purchased for events and prices range from $2 to $10. Advanced tickets may be purchased any non-festival day up to Oct. 25. Go to www.okcastle.com to check out discount tickets and combos. Everyone under 21 must have a picture I.D., to enter. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Halloween Village is the place where everyone experiences the very best of Halloween — ghost stories, hot and cold food and drinks, games and dancing to great music in the DJ Tent. Parking and admission to The Halloween Village is free.

HERITAGE DAYS: A LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL, Oct. 12-13, Depot District, Third and Elgin streets. Step back in time to the rough and tumble territorial days of Muscogee, Indian Territory Walk in the footsteps of the legendary lawman Bass Reeves, in a downtown walking tour at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12. On Oct. 13, enjoy a chuck wagon setup, shootouts in the street, re-enactors and storytellers, live music and food, western crafts, Native American song and dance, outhouse races at 1 p.m., kids’ games and much more family fun. Information: www.downtownmuskogee.org.

FALL ARTS FESTIVAL, Oct. 13, Muskogee Civic Center. The Muskogee Area Arts Council, Inc., will sponsor the event. Booth space is available under the covered parking for artists to display and sell their art. The cost is $10 for a single space and $20 for a double space. Information: (918) 348-9641, www.maacok.com or muskogeeartscouncil@gmail.com.

HALLOWEEN FALL FESTIVAL, 10 a.m. oct. 20, Tenkiller State Park. Day starts by creating your own pumpkin masterpiece. A limited number of pumpkins will be provided for carving, but you must bring your own carving tools. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be face painting, autumn crafts, trunk-or-treat, a candy-in-a-hay-stack, musical chairs, and more. Cost: Adults, $3; children 4-12, $2; children 3 and under, free.

FROST ON THE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, Nov. 9-10, First United Methodist Church, 600 E. Okmulgee. Festival features arts and crafts. Information: (918) 869-6210.

ILLINOIS RIVER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL, Nov. 9-11, Northeastern State University’s University Center, Tahlequah. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. Event is open to the public and admission and parking are free. Information: (918) 444-2530.

FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS, 5 p.m. Dec. 1, following the Downtown Muskogee Christmas Parade, Roxy Theater. Choirs from across the city join together to present Christmas music. The event will end with a community singalong of favorite Christmas carols. Choir directors should contact muskogeemainstreet@gmail.com to participate.

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