NORMAN — Music is in the air in Noble and so are helicopters, joined by more earthly activities such as a parade, arts, crafts, rides and lots of food. The annual Rose Rock Music Festival is underway and will continue through 5 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday’s events include the Rose Rock Idol finals from 12-1 p.m., and performances from 1:15-1:30 p.m. Starting at 2:15-5 p.m., People Sounds will take the stage to entertain with hard-hitting modern sounds playing favorite covers, unique originals and rock versions of favorite rap songs.
The Damn Quails entertained on Friday and Saturday featured a parade with lots of local pride, more bands and rides, face painting and jumbo slides for children. This year, there was a bear and a monkey at the festival as well as helicopter rides and lots of vendor booths.
This year’s 33rd Rose Rock Music Festival flyer touted the festival as being “bigger and better” a sentiment with which some festivalgoers agreed.
“It’s a lot better with helicopter rides and a bear,” Mindy Henson from Noble said. She added that she’s lived in Noble her whole life and has been to many Rose Rock Festivals.
Saturday morning the festival kicked off with a parade. There were many recently-crowned queens in the parade including Kaylee Teal who wore the Lil’ Miss Rose Rock crown after winning last weekend’s pageant having competed in categories including talent, interview, formal wear and academics.
Another featured Rose Rock queen was Trinity Morgan who wore the crown of Senior Pre-Teen Miss Rose Rock. Morgan’s friend, Patrick Holmes and his son Austin Lee Holmes drove Morgan in a car borrowed from Greg Haney at Auto Max. Holmes said, “Auto Max was so kind to us” and he was grateful for Haney’s generosity of letting Morgan ride in style in a bright red Camaro because she’s been through a lot lately as her stepfather, Jason Hunt, was one of the soldiers killed in the Ft. Hood shooting earlier this year.