Enid 2016: A Look Back

Posted by Rob Houston, Visit Enid Communications Coordinator on 01/03/2017


Happy New Year! We hope your holiday was filled with family, friends and great memories.

As we look forward to 2017, here’s a brief look back at some of Enid’s big announcements along with some events Visit Enid had a hand in during 2016.

Leonardo's Children's MuseumLeonardo’s Children’s Museum reopened April 30, wowing children and their parents with the two-story Power Tower, part of the first phase of a $6M renovation

  Thanks in part to Enid hosting the 2012 and 2015 American Kitefliers Association National Convention, Kites Over Enid made its debut in April. Enid native and AKA First Vice President Phillip Whitaker chaired the event, which was so successful it will be held over two days (April 29-30) in 2017

  Enid native and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb announced the 2017 Oklahoma Arts Council annual conference will be held in Enid in October

  Thanks to a partnership with Simpson’s Old Time Museum and KJ Filmworks, groups coming to Enid now have the option of making their own Old Western movie

  Oklahoma Speaker’s Ball was held in the CNB Center, marking the first time the event was held in Enid

  Enid Public Library is designated a National Literary Landmark site honoring the work of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Marquis James.

  The movie Wildlife and TV series American Gods filmed in Enid

  German travel writers visited Enid and have written several articles on Enid to their followers

  Oklahoma State Criterium bicycle race was held in Enid for the second consecutive year

  Oklahoma Municipal League Community Leadership Development held a session here

  Oklahoma Film & Music Office held staff retreat and site selection tour in Enid

  Oklahoma Society of Association Executives held its Board Retreat in Enid in advance of its 2017 Annual Conference in July

  Oklahoma State Emergency Management directors met in Enid in June

  Six Enid restaurants were named among the best in Oklahoma in the 2016 Destination Dining Guide by Discover Oklahoma

  Oklahoma Statewide Preservation Conference came to Enid in June

  2017 Red Carpet Country Tourism Conference coming in August

  Visit Enid director Marcy Jarrett spoke on a community branding panel in Georgia

  Female motorcycle riders made Enid a stop on its statewide Tour de Hope Motorcycle Ride and Empowerment Fest, raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

  Vance Air Force Base held its first Air Show since 2008 which attracted over 30,000 people.

  New services manager Jenna Spencer joined the Visit Enid staff

  Two new pieces of public art were added in downtown Enid, the Butterfly Mural and The Trail, thanks to the efforts of Main Street Enid

  The Enid City Commission is considering adding Wayfinding signage that will allow visitors to find Enid’s attractions and shopping easily. The City is also erecting new entryway signs at our city’s borders.

  The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, which passes right through the heart of Enid. Watch for several upcoming events in Enid celebrating one of wonders of the Old West.

Enid also received generous coverage from local, state and national media, including

  Vacation Ideas Magazine named Enid’s Southard House B&B one of the 25 best romantic getaways in OK

  Site Selection Magazine named Enid the 39th best micropolitan in the nation

  Enid named one of 8 creative communities in Oklahoma by Creative Oklahoma

  Katy’s Pantry, Leonardo’s featured on Discover Oklahoma

  Features in Convention South Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Metro Family Magazine, Edmond Sun, Mustang Times, Arkansas City Traveler, Oklahoma News Network, Enid Television Network, FOX 25, KFOR, KCCO, KWTV.

  A weekly radio show each Friday morning on KGWA

October brought the opening of the Land Run Town Center, which includes Academy Sports and Outdoors, Ulta Beauty, Famous Footwear, Maurices, Sprint and Buckle. Love’s Travel Plaza which includes Carl’s Jr., greets visitors coming into Enid from the east. Also opening in 2016 was Candlewood Suites, McAlister’s Deli, Schlotzsky’s, Pizza Inn, Dandy’s Donuts, Deli & Delights and a second Domino’s location.

Visit Enid is only one of several groups working to promote Enid. A big thank you to our partners, the Enid Regional Development Alliance, Main Street Enid, the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and the City of Enid, as well as our attractions and local businesses who recognize the value and potential Enid has in attracting visitors.

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