Founders Day

Founder’s Day 2022

May 14: Downtown Locust Grove

Special Guests: The Red Dirt Rangers will be playing on the Grand Theater Courtyard stage at Main & Broadway, from 2:00-4:30, with a break during the parade.

Red Dirt Rangers, playing on Founder’s Day!

The Red Dirt Rangers performance is sponsored by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry and partly made possible by a Rural Arts Opportunity grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Cardboard Car Show Entry Form

Founders Day Parade Entry Form

Founders Day Vendor Application

Indemnification and Release Form: All Parade & Vendor Participants must sign this.

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Scroll down for details for all of the above.

Vendors can pay fees with credit card or PayPal below, but written forms still must be filled out and mailed to address on form or hand-delivered to ROMP.

Business Vendor Fee: $40

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Nonprofit Vendor Fee (Organization with 501(c)(3) status): $30

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 Cardboard Card Show

Create a cardboard car and enter it in the contest, then “drive” it in the Parade at 3:00.

Your car, the registration form and the Release and Indemnification form must be at the corner of Main & Broadway, the Grand Theater Courtyard Stage, by 1:00 for Registration and check in. Judging will take place at 2:00 and prizes awarded at that time. Each category will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons, with 1st place trophies.

Categories and Entry Rules:

Mini Motors (0 –4 years) – this category is for the kids whose parents built the car with little or no help
from the child.

Kid Creations (5 –10 years) – this is a KIDS only category… Participants must create their own cars with little assistance from adults. The kids may have their parents’ help, but they have to do the majority of the building.

Tween Dreams (11-15 years) – this is the tween category… participants must create their own cars on their own, with very little help from their parents.

Adult (16+ years) – this category is for 16 and above, the participants must build their cars by themselves with no help from the parents.

Entries will be judged on overall creativity and originality as well as interior and exterior design. NOTE: All entries must allow for the driver to actually fit into the car and walk with it.


We would love to have you or your organization in our Founder’s Day parade. Please fill out the form above and the Release and Indemnification form and mail it in. Deadline is May 10. Entries accepted for float, band, horse/animal, car/truck, ATV, bikes, etc. The day of the Parade, line up will be listed on the Locust Grove Chamber Facebook page.


We encourage all types of vendors, including food, entertainment, retail, churches, organizations, etc. to participate in Founder’s Day. The entry deadline is May 10 and both the registration form and release form above must be submitted, along with payment. You may pay online with the PayPal button, but forms must still be sent in. The Founder’s Day Committee reserves the right to accept or deny any application.


How this works: Each participant will sell tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5. These tickets will be for prizes, that we will discuss at the Sign in meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at 5:30 at Pipe Springs Park. The tickets will be handed out at this time. The one who sells the most tickets in each category will win that title. We will meet back at Pipe Springs on Tuesday, May 10, at 5:30 to turn in all money. This is a strict deadline date. We will then announce the winners on the Chamber Facebook page on Friday, May 13, at 5:00. Each winner will receive their prizes on Founder’s Day at 1:00 at the Grand Theatre Courtyard stage. Each winner will be assigned a car to be driven in through the parade. They will also be in the Christmas parade this year. The winners of the ticket drawings will be announced at 2:30.

Categories: Princess (girls ages 6-12), Queen (girls ages 13-19), Prince (boys ages 6-12), and King (boys ages 13-19)

For more information:

Adele Collette, 918-530-8132,

PO Box 525, Locust Grove OK 74352