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Muskogee Azalea Festival

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Honor Heights Park - Muskogee, Oklahoma

Photos by Ron McEwan

     A city which the crooning Haggard Azalea Flower was proud to be from, Muskogee is the eleventh largest in Oklahoma. The town gained prominence in the early 1900s, about the same time Oklahoma was admitted to the Union. Located at the confluence of three rivers, today Muskogee is the economic center for the eastern side of the state.
     During one of America’s most colorful events, Muskogee draws in visitors from around the globe to witness its annual azalea festival. Lasting the month of April, Honor Heights Park features 40 acres of azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds and a wide variety of blooming shrubs. A driving loop and walking paths wind throughout the park, showcasing over 30,000 azaleas. Azalea Flower Peak periods of blooms are never easy to predict, but considering past patterns the park’s 625 varieties of azaleas typically reach their peak during the third week of April.
     It’s the flower blossoms that make the festival special, but a roundup of entertainment includes a film and music festival, Muskogee Area Quilters Guild show, car show, and rodeo. The much anticipated Chili and Barbeque Cook-off also adds to the colorful festivities.

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