Moore’s Buck Thomas Park, located at 1903 NE 12th St., was full of excitement, people, music and events during the annual Celebration in the Heartland event on July 4.
The event featured arts and craft and other vendors. Wineries provided samples and sold their wares. DWTA helicopters took adventurous souls for rides above the park to see the festivities from above. Children’s activities included inflatables, face painting, barrel train rides, and a Touch a Truck event where kids could get up close to vehicles from the police, fire, and sanitation departments.
Agvocates for Exceptional Individuals out of Yukon had a petting zoo set up at the park to raise money for autistic children. A 2-and-a-half week old calf and a couple of 8-week-old goats were a draw for little ones.
Ju Hon Hong with Golden Tiger Taekwando held targets high so passersby could hit or kick them. Hong said children liked to try their skill. The Golden Tiger booth also had wood that could be kicked or chopped in two. Hong said he and his colleagues were doing demonstrations all day. Taekwando, Hong said, is more than just the physical fitness aspect, he and his colleagues teach self-control and courtesy.
Food trucks at the event included Smokin Okies, MOB Grill, Phill Me UP Cheesesteaks, The Healthy Hippo, Blue Donkey, City Ice-N-Moore, Let’s Do Greek and Mission in Pasta Bowl.
Visitors packed the Great Lawn to listen to Avenue at 4 p.m. and Banana Seat at 7 p.m. who entertained festival goers from the main stage.
Another musical outlet was with DJ Pro Oklahoma. The group set up a karaoke booth and passersby were able to strut their stuff during the celebration Ralondra Brown frequented the booth and drew crowds with various renditions of popular songs including “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” Brown said she would take a break from her booth to come sing, which she enjoyed, having performed in theatre in the past. Show Your Ridez, a car, truck and bike show was held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.
Matthew Schane and Timothy Council work for the City of Moore and they reported that the park had been busy.
“The heat seems to be bringing people out of the house,” Schane said. “It’s been pretty steady.”
Community members packed the park, lined the streets in surrounding neighborhoods, and overtook parking lots to find a choice view for watching the fireworks choreographed music on FM 89.9. Some adventurous souls sat on the football fields to watch up close. Others watched from afar and streamed the music in their cars.
In anticipation of the event, organizer Teresa Smith said the event offers something for everyone.
“It’s a great community event,” Smith said. “The fireworks are one of the best in the state. You can see it from far away. The music is choreographed. There’s something to do all day. There’s good food and activities. There’s always a lot of cars at the car show. Touch a Truck is new this year. The bands are always good. It all leads up to what everybody comes for: The fireworks show. It’s a good show production-wise. It’s just a good, family fun event.”