By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The 4th Annual Classen Ten Penn Community Festival will take place from 12 – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at McKinley Park, 1300 N. McKinley Avenue. The family- and pet-friendly festival is free and open to the public,
Classen Ten Penn is a historic Oklahoma City neighborhood established in the early 1900s along the interurban streetcar lines, between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue from N.W. 10th St. to N.W. 16th St.
The festival will include live music, hotdogs, interactive games, local vendors, a bouncehouse and inflatable obstacle course, and art activities throughout the day.
A raffle will feature prizes including signed scripts from the show, “Dr. Ken” and gift cards from Plaza District Businesses.
Live music will be provided by Oklahoma folk/rock singer-songwriter Daniel Walcher.
Special appearances will include Energy FC with their free kick soccer ball inflatable and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City will be running special family friendly activities.
Veterinary Home Healthcare will also be on-site to provide discounted services for furry family members.
“This event engages neighbors by allowing the old neighbors to meet the new neighbors in a fun atmosphere,” said Jessica Thompson, Classen Ten Penn Vice-President, resident and event organizer.
“The Neighborhood Association is also able to reach out to residents who learn about the many different programs available to them within the neighborhood and take away resources that will help improve their quality of life.”
New to the festival this year will be a vote by community members for a future mural project on the McKinley Park gym building. Artist and artist teams will be showcasing their final mural proposals for the neighborhood.
Artists Amanda Bradway and Tessa Raven Bayne have been painting a smaller version of their mural proposal at Current Studios, and will display the final piece during the Festival, as well as a special showing of a time-lapse video of their creation, and offering face painting of elements from their mural proposal.
Artist team Scott Henderson and Kyle Van Osdol will have liquid chalk to color the sidewalks, as well providing seed bombs to reflect their proposal’s theme. Artist Dylan Bradway will also be on-site doing live painting.
Community members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite mural proposal, the final mural project will begin late this summer.
There will be a special showing of the childhood favorite film, “The Little Rascals,” beginning at 9 p.m. on the lawn. The Basement will provide free popcorn during the movie. Moviegoers should bring their own blankets and chairs.
The event also serves as a neighborhood fundraiser for the Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
“Proceeds from the festival go directly back to the neighborhood, helping to continue the growth and momentum of the area,” Thompson said. “This festival has proven to be one of our best ways to reach out to the members of our community and create safer environments for all.”
To volunteer or to become an event vendor email [email protected] or call 405-200-2313 to get an application.