A Look Back: 2019 Filled with New Beginnings

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 01/06/2020

 

Happy New Year from your friends at Visit Enid! We hope 2019 brought prosperity, joy and laughter and wish you all the best in 2020.

Here’s a brief look back at 2019, a year with big announcements and events that contributed to raising awareness about Enid for both potential visitors and its citizens.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) extended the contract with Enid to host the Div. II World Series for three more years, meaning the Series will be at David Allen Memorial Ballpark through at least 2022. After finishing third in 2018, NOC-Enid won the World Series in 2019 in front of a record-setting crowd of 4,200 frenzied fans.

Visit Enid represented the city at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The Oklahoma Film + Music Office promoted Enid as a film-friendly city due “Wildlife” and “To The Stars” – films made in and around Enid - making their debut at Sundance in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Oklahoma Film + Music invited Visit Enid to be part of Tulsa’s Circle Cinema Film Festival Q&A panel following the Oklahoma premier of “To The Stars.” The premier was sold out, with both the movie and Q&A very well received.

The Oklahoma Flying Aces debuted in 2019 as members of the Champions Indoor Football league. The franchise returns for its second season with six home games between March and June at the Stride Bank Center.

A new $2.7M Woodring Regional Airport terminal opened while the aging facility it replaced was demolished, giving visitors flying into Enid a great first impression of the city. Dan Ohnosorge retired after 11 years as airport director, while retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Dierdre Gurry was named the new director.

Jacob Krumwiede named new director of Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, one of Enid’s top tourism attractions.

New public art completed in 2019: Lazy Circles in the Sky, New Day on the Old Trail, You Can, Oklahoma Phoenix, Watermelon Boxcar

Enid’s first brewery opened on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Enid Brewing Company features grain to glass brewing, using locally-grown grain.

Visit Enid represented the city at the Sports Events & Tourism Association annual conference in Knoxville, TN, presenting Enid sporting facilities to regional and national sporting rights holders.

5 Eighty Trails opened giving Enid its first mountain biking course, seven miles of trails completed so far with plans for more expansion plus a dual slalom course.

Red Bird Farm opened just north of the city, Enid’s only agritourism attraction featuring a real working Christmas tree and blackberry farm.

Jiffy Trip opened, giving Enid a new full-service convenience store and restaurant for visitors coming into town from the west.

Mummies Uncovered aired on Discovery Channel, featuring the John Wilkes Booth/David E George story. A few local residents served as extras during the filming.

Enid hosted Oklahoma Nature Conservancy event unveiling new Okies for Monarchs license plate designed by Rick Sinnett and based on his Enid Butterfly mural.

Enid played host to the Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference, with Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell as keynote speaker

The Play Again campaign was released by Enid First. The campaign focuses on Enid attractions and events that informs potential visitors and reminds residents of the fun things Enid has to offer. The campaign is currently distributed through the Enid First social media channels and is housed through VisitEnid.org

The State Games of Oklahoma held its tennis tournament here for second consecutive year

Oklahoma Arts Council held community imput meeting to discuss its 5-year strategic plan.

Visit Enid began working with new Enid Communications Department (formerly Enid Television Network) on weekly videos promoting upcoming events. Videos are released each Thursday on Facebook and Instagram.

Visit Enid continued its weekly radio show with Alan Clepper on KGWA each Thursday morning.

The NJCAA Region II Soccer Tournament was held in Enid for first time. The region director wants this to be a long-term partnership, eventually moving from D. Bruce Selby Stadium to the new soccer complex currently under construction on the west edge of Enid.

The Great American Conference postseason baseball tournament returned to David Allen Memorial Ballpark after a two-year absence.

Disc Golf Course at Northwestern OSU-Enid will be expanding to 18 holes in early 2020 thanks to partnership with neighboring NOC. A second disc golf course location has been identified at Meadowlake Park and is scheduled to open later in 2020.

Groups in 2019: Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Furbearers, Clinton (OK) Beautification Committee, Youth Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma Government Information Technology Association, Baptist Foundation, Oklahoma Futures Conference

Media mentions in 2019: Enid News & Eagle, Enid Buzz, KOFM, KGWA, KNID, Discovery Channel, Uncovering Oklahoma, Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, Discover Oklahoma, Sports Events Magazine, Sports Planning Guide, Oklahoma Today, Little Family Adventure, Mustang Times, KOCO, KFOR, KWTV, KOKH, OETA, Journal Record, Convention South Magazine, Oklahoma Gazette, Kansas.com, Woodward News.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the efforts of our partners on the Enid First team – the City of Enid, Enid Regional Development Alliance, Main Street Enid and the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, who all work together to put Enid first. And a special thanks to all of our tourism partners across Enid, our hotels, restaurants, attractions and small business owners who believe in Enid and its value and potential as a travel destination. We couldn’t do anything we do without you.

Let’s have a great 2020!

 

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