KDWPT / KDWPT Info / News / News Archive / 2007 Weekly News Archive / 10/11/07 / ELK CITY STATE PARK TO HOLD ANNUAL NEEWOLLAH FESTIVAL OCT. 26-27


Recovered park ready for much-anticipated event
ELK CITY -- After recovering from one of the area's worst floods ever, Elk City State Park is on tap to continue the park's biggest event of the year Oct. 26-27. Bearing the unique name of Neewollah, which is Halloween spelled backwards, this event is actually part of one of the state's largest annual festivals, held in Independence and featuring several days of parades, concerts, musicals, a carnival, and featured entertainment such as this year's Oak Ridge Boys.

The park has reserved its second annual free park entrance day for Saturday of the Neewollah event -- held annually the Friday and Saturday before Halloween. This event begins with a Friday chili cook-off. On Saturday morning, park visitors will be treated to a breakfast, followed by craft fairs and a variety of other activities throughout the day.

In the evening, a group called the Kan-O-Kliners will serve a bean feed during an auction of items donated by local businesses and private individuals. The proceeds from this meal will be allocated for future activities. The evening's climax is a traditional Halloween hayrack ride followed by a concert in the park.

For more information on this event, phone Elk City State Park at 620-331-6295.