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February 28, 2014

Registration opens for 89er Day Parade

NORMAN — Norman’s 89er Day Parade will be 10 a.m. April 12.

The parade, commemorating the day in 1889 that much of Oklahoma was opened for settlement, will begin at Main Street and Crawford Avenue and travel west through downtown.

The theme, “True Grit,” pays tribute to the parade’s 2014 partner, Pioneer Library System, which is celebrating the finale of its Big Read in conjunction with this year’s parade. The novel, partially set in Oklahoma, has been the focal point of the library’s initiative throughout the year.

In addition to the parade, the day’s Big Read activities will include an 11:30 a.m. Free Family Fun Fair at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E. Robinson St., followed at 2 p.m. with a Wild West Show featuring Pawnee Bill.

To register to participate in the parade, visit the 89er Day website, Norman89er.

com, or pick up entry forms at the VisitNorman offices at 2424 Springer Drive, Suite 107.

The Norman 89er Day Committee is an all-volunteer committee that organizes the activities each year to celebrate the anniversary of the Great Land Run of 1889, which opened the “Unassigned Lands” in central Oklahoma for settlement on April 22, 1889.

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