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Rooster Days

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May

10

4 - 10pm

Newcomers to Broken Arrow may be surprised to find that everything is about ready for Rooster Day the middle of May. So why is “Rooster” in the festival title? You must go back to the spring of 1931, when there was a thriving poultry industry on the farms and acreage surrounding Broken Arrow. Secretary-Manager of the chamber at that time, for the salary of $35.00 a month was Leo S. Wortman, who also was vocational agriculture instructor at the high school. He came up with the idea of establishing a special day for farmers to bring to market their excess roosters. The roosters, you see, were messing up plans to establish an infertile egg market here. Keep in mind, those were the days when farm families usually depended upon the flock to provide the groceries. Most local grocery stores (there were no supermarkets then), traded staple goods from their shelves, and sometimes even clothing and shoes, for fresh eggs.

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