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Downtown Edmond Annual Arts Festival May 1-3, 2009

Celebrating the Arts in Downtown Edmond this year will be an event that you will not want to miss. You will be able to visit over 100 artist, enjoy the mouthwatering food from 20 food vendors that will satisfy festival-goers cravings for onion blossoms, Indian tacos, catfish, German food, pizza, fried pies, funnel cakes, onion fried burgers, kettle corn, cool drinks and smoothies along with wine tasting from some of our Oklahoma wineries.

New this year will be live entertainment at its best in the Festival Market Place Plaza with Edgar Cruz headling a weekend of great performances. Appearing will be Stephanie Jackson , Dolce, The Stringents, Zu. Zuís Petals, students from Charles Haskell, Cross Timbers and Encore from St. Maryís Espispacal Church. Appearing for the first time will be the 145th Army Jazz Trio, Edmond Memorial & Cimarron Jazz and the Edmond Faculty Band. Also a treat for our festival visitors will be the show choir from Armstrong College and The Metro Fiddle Club to name a few.

The Childrenís area will be held in the Festival Market Place for the 2nd year and will offer face painting, pony rides, a giant slide, moon walk and climbing rock wall. A new addition to the Childrenís area are childrenís specialty vendors located in the Festival Market Place gazebos.

Downtown Edmondís 30th Annual Arts Festival is sponsoring Parents Helping Parents, a non-profit organization that reaches out to parents who believe their children may be using alcohol or drugs. PHP offers hope through education, resources and shared experience.

NO ANIMALS will be allowed at the 2009 Arts Festival due to insurance liability.

Downtown Edmond Streets will be closed from 2nd and Broadway North to Hurd. First Street will be closed west to the rail road tracks and east to the alley. Main Street will be closed both east and west to the alley. For a preview of our 30th Annual Arts Festival check out For further information you may call 249-9391.

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Oklahoma Wineries Harvest Grapes and Medals

Congratulations to Oak Hills Winery in Chelsea, Oklahoma and Deer Creek Vineyard in Edmond, two Oklahoma wineries who brought home medals from the 2008 Toast of Taos Southwest Wine Competition. You can read more about their wins in New Mexico on the Growing Grapes & Winery Escapes Blog.

Summerside Winery in Vinita, Oklahoma has a Harvest Party coming soon on Saturday, Aug.23, 2008 and their wine grape harvest will start in about two weeks. - see for event details and vineyard directions. Vinita, Oklahoma is right off I-44, so it is on the way to a number of our favorite Ozarks kayaking spots like the Spring River in Quapaw, Oklahoma, the White River in North Arkansas or the Kings River in Eureka Springs. Stop by and taste Summerside wines next time you are road tripping through the Ozarks.

Don't forget that Nuyaka Creek Winery is moving their 2008 Fall Harvest Celebration to the Bristow City Park this September 20, 2008. It should be quite change combining it with a Renaissance Festival in Bristow, Oklahoma!

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Make Your Own Wine in Edmond, OK

Interested in Learning to Be a Winemaker?

Vintner's Cellar of Oklahoma in the Spring Creek Village shopping center at 15th Street and Bryant Avenue in Edmond, Oklahoma offers a way to give it a try.

Vintner's Cellar offers its customers a chance to make their own batch of wine with the help of a professional vintner. The cost of a batch ranges from $320 to $520 for about 30 bottles. How much you learn about winemaking is up to you!

The process takes six to eight weeks but you only really need to devote about 45 minutes on the first day. You can be as involved as you want to after that. Most folks also like to be on hand for the end of the process when the wine is bottled, corked and labeled.

They won't be the cheapest cases of wine you have ever bought, but the learning could be priceless!

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