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September 1, 2013

Fest brings guests

NORMAN — The Sooner football season has started. Throughout this season, the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau will participate in FanFest outside the stadium.

We have invited various community partners to join us at each of the six appearances to promote their attraction or event.

Recently, we had the extreme advantage of being placed directly across the walkway from the Deep South Hyster Deep Fork interactive — well, and their special guests, Jep and Jessica from “Duck Dynasty.”

What’s the connection?

The family profiled in the reality television series lives in Monroe. They were the special guests at the event Saturday. Since the University of Oklahoma athletic department began promoting the appearance, we have learned much about the A&E hit series, including how to correctly pronounce the name of the town, it is MON-roe and not MUN-roe. We have also learned a whole lot about duck callers, too.

CVB staff members passed out specially designed camouflaged koozies promoting our website and a season-long hashtag for social media, “#NormanGameDay.”

Our friends from the Cleveland County Free Fair joined us in the VisitNorman area to promote the upcoming event at the fairgrounds. The fair begins Sept. 5 and lasts through Sept. 8, so we are hoping to encourage the out-of-town Sooner football fans to either come earlier or stay later to make a stop at the fair.

Other community partners will be joining us throughout the season at FanFest, too.

Stefanie Brickman, CTA, is the interim executive director of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. The NCVB exists to promote the city; attract overnight meeting, convention, sport and tourism business to the community; and contribute to the identity and economic wellbeing of the city.

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