March 5, 2015—As Tishomingo transitions from winter to spring, providing families with Spring Break entertainment options is the focus of a two-day event scheduled to be held here March 13-14.
Officials with Chickasaw Country have announced that the event – known as “Break on the Blue” – will be held along Main Street Friday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Organizers say the event will be filled with museum tours, food trucks, live music, pet adoptions and much more.
Paige Williams, director of tourism for the Chickasaw Nation, said “Break on the Blue” will showcase local tourism opportunities in Tishomingo and Johnston County, offering a wide variety of events for all members of the family to enjoy.
Williams stated that Chickasaw Country partnered with Miranda Lambert’s Pink Pistol boutique and MuttNation Foundation to plan the various community activities during the event.
“We planned Break on the Blue in partnership with Pink Pistol and other local tourism destinations and businesses in Tishomingo during Spring Break weekend, so that Oklahomans and Texans planning a ‘staycation’ would have the chance to experience destinations in Tishomingo and Johnston County,” Williams said.
“In addition to the events on Main Street, the Chickasaw Capitol Building, Chickasaw Nation Council House and Chickasaw Nation White House will offer tours so that Spring Breakers still have the opportunity to learn about Chickasaw culture, while experiencing the many location attractions in Johnston County.”
There will also be live music during the two-day event, and those attending are welcome to bring their own chairs for these performances.
Admission to Break on the Blue activities and tours of Chickasaw properties will be free; food trucks and vendors will have items for purchase, Williams said.
Planned activities and events will include tours of the Redemption Ranch animal shelter, located at 10881 S. Dogwood Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
MuttNation Foundation will also host a pet adoption event at the Chikasha Garden pocket park on Main Street from 1 to 5 p.m. that Friday, and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following day.
The Pink Pistol race car will be on display for photo opportunities at 214 W. Main Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Friday night’s activities will also include the “Junk Gypsy Prom & Rockabilly” show featuring the John Evans Band, scheduled for 7:30 to 10 p.m. on South Kemp Avenue.
A number of concessions will also be available for visitors along Main Street from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday’s schedule also includes sidewalk sales by Main Street businesses and a bounce house for children, all from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tours of the Chickasaw Capital building, the Council House Museum and the Chickasaw White House near Milburn will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day; transportation to the Chickasaw White House will be provided.
Members of the Tishomingo Cheer Academy will perform along Main Street from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
In addition, the Johnston County Fit Community Coalition will launch its new “Hot Wheelz” bicycle program at the pocket park from noon to 5:30 p.m. that day.
Live music at the Main Street stage begins with a concert featuring Little Big Iron from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Local Outlaws Neighborhood Band will perform from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by the Overdrive Band from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. the music continues at the Pink Pistol’s Ponderosa Room with an acoustic concert featuring Greg Guymon. That performance is scheduled to last until 9 p.m.
More information regarding the “Break on the Blue” event can be found at http://chickasawcountry.com/events/view/break-on-the-blue.
Chickasaw Country is a regional tourism organization representing 13 south-central Oklahoma counties. The marketing department led by the Chickasaw Nation to blend tourism efforts in the region, Chickasaw Country represents festivals, events and attractions.