By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association celebrates its third annual Community Festival, on Saturday June 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The CTP Community Festival takes place in the heart of the McKinley Park neighborhood at 13th and N. McKinley Avenue.
The event will feature participation from local community organizations, nonprofits and businesses.
“The Classen Ten Penn Community Festival is a great way to bring neighbors and the community together,” said Cayla Lewis, CTP Community Festival Chair. “It highlights the park, which is one of our best assets and a popular gathering place for many residents.”
“The Festival started in 2011 as more of an ice cream social, and has slowly expanded into what it is today, bringing food trucks, live music, local services, and now drawing hundreds of people,” Lewis added.
Among the many groups participating, Capital Bicycle will be at the festival with their mobile repair station and a Spokies Goldsprints racing station.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department will host a booth with information about ways to stay active during the summer. Guests are invited to a free yoga session with Chi Gallery before the festival, at 10 a.m.
A bounce house will be set up for the kids, thanks to Kid Zone Champions sponsor Dunlap Codding Law Firm.
The Cage OKC will be showing off their skills on the basketball court. The OKC Fire Department will be there with a Fire Truck for kids to explore. Visitors can meet a K9 unit from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department.
There will be a gaming trailer from the Oklahoma Army National Guard as well as a pull-up competition held by the United States Marine Corps.
Central Oklahoma Humane Society will be on hand to provide rabies vaccinations, de-wormers and to sign people up for appointments to spay or neuter their pets.
The Bella Foundation will provide microchips and information about their low cost veterinary program. The Pet Food Pantry will offer information on their Pet Food Program, and the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division will host an information table and do pet adoptions if the weather permits.
The festival will offer live entertainment such as Spaghetti Eddie, Public Access Open Mic, Gregory Jerome, and Studda Budda.
Participants can enjoy a picnic in the park with lunch or dinner from a variety of local food trucks. Kaiteki, Taste of Soul, Mexidogs will be on-site as well as Segunda Iglesia del Nazareno serving a fusion of Asian, Southern, and Mexican cuisine.
Some amazing items have been collected to be raffled off including gift certificates and goodie bags from local Plaza District businesses.
“The Classen Ten Penn Festival is the neighborhood’s biggest event and fundraiser, said Lewis. “This event brings together friends and families from the neighborhood and community to enjoy the park, the entertainment, and all that Classen Ten Penn has to offer.”
The CRP Neighborhood Association is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.
“Every little bit is a helping hand to this great neighborhood,” Lewis said. “Proceeds will go directly back to the neighborhood, helping to continue the growth and momentum of the area.”
“The Classen Ten Penn community is solid,” Lewis stated. “We support each other, we sit on each others’ front porches, we really care about the growth of this neighborhood and a festival like this just serves to better unite us.”
For more information, call 405-426-7812 or visit www.classentenpenn.org/festival.