With a clank of the rides, the 2017 Pelican Festival, the 34th annual offering, got underway Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove.
The event, organized by volunteers from the Grand Lake Association, includes a variety of items including the annual carnival, live music, pelican tours, food trucks and more.
While the carnival, hosted once again by Pride Amusements, began on Wednesday, a majority of the activities are slated for Friday and Saturday.
Everything this year takes place at Wolf Creek Park, on 16th Street, in Grove.
Carnival wristbands will once again be available for purchase, at $25 per person for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Things to note
• Pelican tours: Boat rides, featuring views of the pelicans, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday and Saturday for $15 per person - reservations may be made by calling 918-786-2289 or inside the "big tent" at the park on Friday and Saturday.
• Arts and craft: Vendors will be at Wolf Creek Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday. At presstime, at least 40 venders had scheduled to attend the event.
• Food Trucks: Food trucks will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, at Wolf Creek Park, offering a variety of items. At least four food trucks had scheduled to attend as of presstime.
• OU/Texas game: On Saturday, the OU/Texas game will be on the big screen under the tent courtesy of Aaron’s & Radio Shack. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m., in the Cotton Bowl.
• Har-Ber Village: On Saturday, as part of Pelican Fest, Har-Ber Village officials will offer a discounted admission to the living history museum. Tickets are $3 per person.
Har-Ber Village Museum is open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Children 5 and under, as well as members are always admitted free. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit har-bervillage.com.
• Phil Bethel and Company
Phil Bethel and Company are slated to perform from 1 to 4 p.m., on Friday, under the big tent at Wolf Creek Park. The group is described as a 1970s/1980s easy listening band.
nighTTrain will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, under the big tent.
nighTTrain, which includes James Dunham, Jeff Elmer, Joe Hall, Tuff Barnes and Waylon Barnes. The group formed in July 2009, and routinely plays gigs from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri, to Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
nighTTrain’s music is described as "in your face, high energy, guitar rock performances" designed to keep people partying throughout the performance.
• Vince and the Revelation
A tribute to Prince, Vince and the Revelation, will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m., on Saturday, under the big tent.
Vince & The Revelation is a tribute band that pays respect to one of the greatest musicians of our time, Prince.
Vince Gibbs headlines the group, which has been performing together since 2012. The tribute is designed to have the look and feel of a real Prince performance. For more information, persons interested may visit http://vinceprince.com.
For more information about this year's Pelican Fest, persons interested may visit www.grandlakefun.com or call 918-786-2289.