2020 - A Look Back: Positives Despite Pandemic

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 01/04/2021

Happy New Year from Marcy, Rob and Jenna at Visit Enid!  We have all been desperately waiting for 2021 to arrive after the difficulties of 2020 and we join you in optimism that 2021 will be much better.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 brought some smiles and positives to Enid.

Holidays on Ice in downtown Enid brought some much-needed joy to residents and visitors. Huge shout outs to Main Street Enid for making this happen, to Stride Bank Center for managing the rink and to title sponsor Jiffy Trip.

Public art exploded in 2020 with 14 new pieces appearing in the past 12 months.

Settlers Brewing Co. opened, giving Enid two new craft breweries in two years.

Colton’s Steak House became the first business to open in The District at Cleveland and Garriott. Jiffy Trip will open early in 2021, with Hideaway Pizza coming in the summer. Great Plains Bank will also be relocating here.

National chain retailers Harbor Freight and Tractor Supply opened in the old K-Mart building.

Despite COVID-19, the third annual Enid Comic Con came just shy of equaling its 2019 attendance.

Enid now has two 18-hole disc golf courses with the Meadowlake Disc Golf Course opening in November, and the NWOSU course expanding thanks to an agreement with neighboring NOC-Enid.

The new and vastly improved Enid Skate Park opened in December.

Visit Enid continued working with Enid Communications on weekly videos promoting upcoming events and attractions.

KGWA Radio changed its morning show segment with Visit Enid to a weekly 90-second PSA that runs throughout the week, giving more listeners the opportunity to hear what’s coming up in Enid.

Advance Soccer Complex continues moving forward with a 2022 opening in sight.

Jeff Roberts featured Enid on Channel 9’s 4 pm News feature “Where in the State is Magic Man?”

A Discover Oklahoma feature on Enid’s Red Bird Farm aired in November just before the farm’s opening weekend for selling fresh-cut Christmas trees.

OETA’s Gallery America program featured the new art installation Under Her Wing was the Universe.

"The Oklahoman" featured Enid and the Chisholm Trail during one of its weekly Sunday travel features.

Oklahoma Today came to Enid and produced a 37-minute podcast talking with Marcy, Rob and Heritage Center director Jake Krumwiede.

Enid continues to be featured on RediscoverAmerica.com, a free service provided to cities to assist the travel industry recover from COVID-19.

Construction is nearly complete on the Best Western Glo hotel in downtown Enid as well as Cherokee Ranch Land and Cattle Company, a new, locally-owned restaurant. Both are slated for an early 2021 opening.

NW Oklahoma Junior Rodeo brought its event to Enid after another city turned them down due to the pandemic. Their show went so well that other junior rodeo associations scheduled events here as well.

The Imaginaries – a husband & wife music duo from Norman, – released a video for their single “Revival,” with scenes shot at the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma and Simpson’s Old Time Museum.

Rob was selected to participate in the Class of 2020 Leadership Arts class from the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Enid’s Mike Klemme and Kevin Friesen participated in the state of Oklahoma’s new branding efforts.

COVID-19 has affected - and continues to affect - the travel industry harder than any other. We send a special, heartfelt Thank You to our tourism partners across Enid, our hotels, restaurants, retail locations and attractions. You had to get creative just to keep your doors open and came up with creative and safe escapes from the quarantine. And our partners who with Visit Enid make up the Enid First team - Main Street Enid, Enid Regional Development Alliance, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and the City of Enid - continue their strong efforts to make Enid a desirable place to live, work and be proud of. Thank you.

We wish you and your family an unprecedented, socially-distanced, extraordinary, happy and healthy 2021.