A look back at Enid 2017

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 01/02/2018


Look back at Enid 2017

Happy New Year from your friends at Visit Enid! We hope your holiday was filled with family, friends and wonderful memories.

Now that the calendar says 2018, here’s a brief look back at some of Enid’s big announcements as well as some events Visit Enid was involved in during 2017.

The Chisholm Trail 150th anniversary celebration was even more popular than organizers expected. Information requests for CT150 material topped the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s brochure request lists throughout 2017.

City of Enid painted hoof prints on its city streets to mark the exact location of the Chisholm Trail. Word spread quickly through social media and Enid received international press coverage due to its creative way of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Leonardo’s Children’s Museum completed its $6M renovation, giving children two floors of inside fun and adventure. The second floor is now a mini Enid.  Children can shop in the grocery story, become a doctor or dentist, learn about investing, pick their own produce in the farmers market and become an artist in the art studio.

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center hired Robbin Davis to become its new Executive Director. Davis replaced Andi Holland, who resigned in September.

The Oklahoma Arts Conference drew more than 350 of the state’s top arts enthusiasts to Enid in October

The Oklahoma Society of Association Executives annual conference in June drew about 100 top executives to Enid.

The Oklahoma State Emergency Managers Conference met in Enid in December, with over 160 state emergency planners in attendance.

Enid’s Arts and Entertainment District saw two new murals added, Jason Pawley’s Painted Plains on the back of Panevino, and Bright Future, a community-created colorfest at Creative HQ.

Oklahoma Freewheel chose Enid as one of its layover cities for its annual June ride across Oklahoma. Freewheel organizers selected the route to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, and more than 300 riders spent the night here.

Enid played host to the 2017 Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference

Leadership Oklahoma (November) and Youth Leadership Oklahoma (June) held sessions in Enid.

A new museum at Woodring Regional Airport features a collection of permanent and temporary exhibits of patriotic, military and war-related memorabilia.

Wayfinding signage began appearing on Enid’s major city streets. This ongoing project is designed to make it easier for visitors to find Enid’s attractions and shopping.

Enid hosted travel writers from Germany and the UK as part of a cooperative effort between Oklahoma and Kansas to raise awareness of both states internationally.

The Enid City Council appointed Visit Enid director Marcy Jarrett to serve on the 7-member Enid Public Arts Commission.

Due in part to the hospitality Enid showed to the cast and crew of the movie “Wildlife,” Enid continues to receive more inquiries into making films in our city.

Several tour groups came to Simpson’s Old Time Museum to make an old-fashioned Western micro-movie. This is a partnership between Visit Enid, Simpson’s and KJ Filmworks.

Some 2018 events coming to Enid include the State Games of Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Mayors Conference and the Great American Conference will bring its postseason baseball tournament back to David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Visit Enid deployed a visitor profile survey in November to learn more about what our visitors like and don’t like about Enid. Results of the survey will be announced in the spring.

Enid was featured throughout many local, regional and national media including the Enid News and Eagle, Enid Television Network, Enid Buzz, Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma Living, Discover Oklahoma, Convention South Magazine, Bus Tour Magazine, Adventure Outdoors, Metro Family Magazine, Destination Oklahoma, Sports Events Magazine, Horizon Travel Magazine, Mustang Times, Edmond Sun, and a weekly radio show each Friday morning on KGWA.

Visit Enid is one of several groups working to promote Enid. A special thank you to our partners at Main Street Enid, the Enid Regional Development Alliance, the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and the City of Enid for putting Enid First. We also want to thank the Enid attractions and local business owners who recognize the value and potential Enid has in attracting more visitors to our city.

We can’t wait to see what lies ahead in 2018!

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