Senator Jim Wilson
Finance Committee Co-Chairman
Senate District 3
Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2008
Sen. Jim Wilson
Stilwell Strawberry Festival
The Oklahoma State Senate recognized Stilwell Strawberry Festival
Queen Tawnie Goodwin and her royal court Wednesday as part of the
annual Strawberry Day at the State Capitol.
Sen. Jim Wilson,
D-Tahlequah and Rep. John Auffet, D-Stilwell welcomed the group
and had a resolution read recognizing the 61st annual Strawberry
Festival which will be held on Saturday, May 10 in Stilwell.
The festival was started on May 10, 1948 by the Stilwell Kiwanis
as a way of promoting Stilwell and its strawberry growers. The event
attracts about 30,000 people a year, Wilson said.
“The Stilwell Strawberry Festival has grown into the one
of the oldest events held in Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “People
from all over the state and the region descend on Stilwell to enjoy
the wonderful strawberries that are grown there. It’s truly
a very special event.”
Rep. Auffet said he is continuously surprised at the positive
exposure Stilwell and Oklahoma receives because of the festival.
“I’ve been amazed at the number of times I’ve
had conversations with people about Stilwell and the first thing
they mention is the strawberry festival,” Auffet said. “The
festival has generated a lot of positive exposure for this small
town. It’s a pretty big deal here.”
For more information contact:
Senator Wilson's Office: (405) 521-5574