Calling all Parrot heads and Jimmy Buffett fans, time is drawing near for the first Toes In The Grand summer kick-off festival.

The event, set for June 1 and 2 at Wolf Creek Park, is Trop Rock-centered celebration of music and fun. 

The two-day festival is the first of what organizers hope will become a signature "summer kick-off" event for Grove and Grand Lake.

Organized by the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau, along with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Toes In The Grand will include an assortment of trop rock inspired musical groups, contests, Oklahoma's largest conga line and more.

Donnie Crain, president of the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, said the idea for Toes In The Grand came about as he, and Brent Malone, executive director of the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau, were discussing the possibility of a festival which highlighted life on Grand Lake.

"We wanted a key signature event to bring the whole lake together," Crain said. "We wanted to try to do something unique, something not available nearby. Something different and distinct."

Crain said he hopes the festival will not only provide entertainment for those living within the region, but also an economic driver for the community.

"We hope visitors come, spend the whole weekend around the area and maybe bring people to Grand Lake who haven't been here before," Crain said. "We would love people to come and visit here, and maybe in the future buy a home or start a business.

"We want to be known as the best lake with a trop rock festival."

The music

During the event, five different bands will perform - for free - on the festival stage at Wolf Creek Park. 

The bands, all trop rock genre groups, include Blonde Stranger Band at 2 p.m., Friday, and Rick Lamb and the Phinaddicts at 6 p.m.

The festival afterparty will take place with the performance of Southern Draw Band at 10 p.m., at Cherokee Casino Grove.

Saturday's line-up includes Greg Dragoo, a solo act out of Oklahoma City, at 10:30 a.m., another OKC based band COPA [Central Oklahoma Parrot Head Association] Reefer at 2 p.m., and the Houston Texas, based group  Jerry Diaz and Hanna's Reef at 6 p.m.

The festival stage will be located on the parking lot area, next to the boat ramps, allowing for participants to listen to the music on land, or by water. 

Crain said participants are encouraged to bring their own seats, or plan to "tie up" with the fellow boaters within Wolf Creek Park. 

Entertainment/Games

The entertainment and games will provide a chance for the "young, and young at heart" to have fun," Crain said.

A key piece of the two day festival involves creating "Oklahoma's Longest Conga Line."

On Friday, organizers will host the trial run, to get folks ready for the official record setting go around on Saturday.

"We're going to make the conga line as long as we can - as long as people want to jump in and make it happen," Crain said, adding while there may not be an official record to break for the effort, he hopes the event will become key component of the festival.

Friday's practice takes place after the island games, set for 5 p.m., in front of the main stage, with the Hula Hoop Contest.  

Saturday's official conga line will take place at 5 p.m., in front of the main stage. Each participant will be given a number, and one lucky person will be awarded a $250 gift card for taking part in the line.

The Limbo Contest will take place at 1 p.m., on Saturday, in front of the main stage. 

Other prizes will be awarded for the Hula Hoop Contest and Limbo Contest. The games are sponsored by Patricia Island Country Club and Mulligan's Restaurant.

Food Trucks

More than a dozen food trucks - including those who typically come during the CTB's (First) Food Truck Friday each month, will be present at the festival.

The food offerings include everything from festival food to some Caribbean inspired dishes. 

Crain said one truck will come stocked with Central American/Belize dishes.

The Grand Lake Food Boat will be part of the festival, floating out on the waters Wolf Creek, for festival goers taking part in the event by water.

For the kids

A set of inflatables and a "trackless train ride" will be provided in the grassy area just southeast of the Wolf Creek Park restrooms.

Crain said organizers are finalizing the complete selection, but he said multiple inflatables will be available for the younger festival goers.

Tours

Participants will have a chance to tour Grand Lake by air - with helicopter tours provided by the Tulsa County Helicopters, or by water - with boat tours provided by No Wake Guide Service.

There will be a charge - still to be determined - for the tours, which will take place throughout the both days of the festival.

"Helicopter tours have been popular at other festivals and a lot of people have seen the water, at lake level, but this will give them a birds eye view - a new way to experience Grove and Grand Lake," Crain said. 

In terms of the boat tours, he hopes some people might take advantage of the festival to go on a "sunset" tour or have a chance to see wildlife up close and personal from the deck of a boat. 

Arts/Crafts/Vendors

Crain said a growing number of vendors, ranging from non-profits, individuals and businesses, are planning to take part in the festival.

Spaces remain open for vendors. A non-profit rate is $50, while the for-profit rate is $75. 

Vendors will be located in the grassy area, under the trees between the two parking lots. 

Car Show

A classic car show will take place from noon to 3 p.m., on the eastern portion of the grassy area between the two main parking lots at Wolf Creek Park.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and continue to noon, with judging starting at 1 p.m., and the winners announced from the main stage at 3 p.m.

The show will feature plaques for the winners and trophies for the top placers.

5K/Fun Run

While pre-registration for the first Toes In The Grand 5K Fun Run has ended, organizers are still taking registrations for $30 per person now until 7:30 a.m., the morning of the run.

The run will take place a 8 a.m. on Saturday. The $30 fee does not include a t-shirt. Those 18 must have a parent or guardian signature on their entry form.

 "It's a wonderful route," Crain said, adding that a good portion of the run will take place along the shoreline of Grand Lake.

Participants will have a chance to win prizes not only by their race times, but also by dressing in "unique" costumes.

"You don't have to be the fastest runner to come out a winner," Crain said.

For more information about the festival, persons interested may contact Crain at www.groveok.org or 918-786-9079.

'Toes in the Grand' 5K pre-registration extended to Monday

Registration for the first - and what organizers hope will become the annual - Toes In The Grand 5K Fun Run, has been extended through Monday, May 21.

The event, part of the Toes in the Grand Festival, takes place at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 2, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. It is sponsored by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pre-registration is $25 and includes a festival t-shirt. Registration after Monday, May 21, is $30 and does not include a t-shirt.

Registrations after Monday will be taken until 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race. Participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature on their entry form.

About the festival

Officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau will host the first "Toes in Grand" Summer Kickoff Festival, on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove.

The event will feature the largest free Trop Rock Music Festival in the Four-State Region including bands from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, as well as fun activities, contests and more.

It will also kick off the summer's Food Truck Friday, with food trucks being at the festival both Friday and Saturday.

The weekend's events include an open car show, 5K Fun Run, Kids Zone, vendors, and "Oklahoma's largest Conga Line", as well as guided boat tours and helicopter tours of Grand Lake..

For more information, persons interested may contact Donnie Crain, president, Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at www.groveok.org or 918-786-9079.