Oklahomans are beginning to get serious about their 100th birthday bash. Now the rest of the country can get in on the excitement, too.

The American Bus Association has rated the birthday bash which begins in Tulsa in November as the nation's top event in 2007. The parades, festivals and nearly 400 other events will bring thousands of visitors to the 46th state.

The group represents 300 tour operators and 65 percent of the nation's privately owned buses.

Norman's part in the centennial is still being mapped out. The Centennial Committee meets again today at City Hall. Statewide, there are about 750 centennial projects ranging from antique clocks in town squares to a 45-piece bronze statue depicting the Land Run of 1889.

When the bus riders come to a town, they leave between $5,000 and $13,000 in a local destination's economy, according to an Associated Press story about the No. 1 rating.

The state's two floats will lead the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1. Our delegation will be made up of two floats and an all-star marching band made up of the state's best high school musicians.

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