Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest

The 3-day, Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest is held annually the third weekend in June at Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK. For over 40 years, the festival’s mission has been to stage an annual Festival of the Forest while promoting the beauty, heritage and culture of Kiamichi Country to the people of Oklahoma and the visitors from around the world.

The festival will feature forestry competitions that bring back memories of “the good ole days”! The spirit and heritage of the forest comes to life in the contest of men and women who make their living from the woods. Contests include double buck sawing, ax throwing, jack-n-jill crosscut, as well as other forestry events. Each year, a “Bull of the Woods” winner is selected from the field and this year a new award will be presented to the “Crew of the Woods.”

Get ready for chainsaws, log rolling and more as The All American Lumberjack Show perform live. These professional lumberjacks will show off their skills in several areas including: Cross-cut sawing;  Spring Board Tree-Topping; Stock Saw; Quick Carve and water events including the Boom Run and Log Rolling. You may have seen this event on TV, but now is your chance to see it live and maybe even participate.

In 1982, the Forest Heritage Center began honoring those who have contributed to the forest industry in this region. Each year, since then a Heritage Forester has been selected, with the presentation made at the annual Forestry Luncheon in June. This event is held during Oklahoma’s Forestry Week and is the official for the  Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest.

In conjunction with the festival, the annual Owa-Chito Art Show will rev-up with a reception Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Heritage Center Museum. The featured artist this year will be Kevin Walker of Rudy, AR. The Art Show contains over 300 works of art entered by over 100 artists within the four state areas of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana and those attending the reception will get a sneak-peek of the artwork, a premier buying opportunity and the chance to meet this year’s featured artists.

The Art Show will continually run June 10th -18th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Forestry Luncheon & Awards Presentation. 

The Festival of the Forest will be held June 17-18. Click Here to view the schedule of events for the festival weekend.

For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497 (office) or by email at fhc@beaversbend.com.