August 06, 2021 to August 07, 2021
12:00 PM until 04:00 PM
This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s)
Features family-friendly activities, performances, food, artists and all things blue. The festival celebrates the opening of Edmond’s Route 66 exhibit at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.
In addition to carnival-style activities, visitors can participate in hippo and Route 66 Trivia throughout the park. Participate in a community art project or the community quilt—blue hippo-themed, of course. Try to win a Hot Wheels race, view a miniature electric train in the Historic Rodkey House, or purchase one of the hippo art pieces being created LIVE during the festival. An array of blue hippo merchandise will also be available.
Art and Music is provided throughout the festival, as sponsored by Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, French Family Charitable Foundation, Cameron and Betsy Mantor, Tamashii Ramen House.
1 p.m. - Lucas Ross, banjo
2:30 p.m. - Kyle Dillingham, fiddle
noon - Stage Sisters, blues
noon - 2 p.m. - Hooplahoma
1:30 p.m. - Belova, jazz
3 p.m. - Katie & the Elements, jazz.
Live Hippo Art: 12:00 Fri—Jennifer Cocoma Hustis, painter; 1:00 Fri — Erin Latham, print-maker; 2:00 Fri — Katelynn Noel Knick, painter; 3:00 Fri — Jay Tracy, painter; 12:00 Sat—Jerry Bennett, cartoonist; 2:00 Sat — Forrest McKinley, cartoonist.
Classic Cars: Mostly blue classic cars will be viewable, sponsored by Autoworks.
Food & Drink: Many of the restaurants along 5th Street are offering discounts or Blue Hippo Specials. The Pops 66 Drink Truck will also be available. Hideaway Pizza and Nashbird Chicken have provided discount coupons, and Tamashii Ramen House is sponsoring Hooplahoma on Saturday.
The Blue Hippo: The origin of Edmond’s Blue Hippo is mysterious, but the icon debuted at 12th & Broadway in 1991. The hippo, leftover from a former construction company, once sprayed water from its “box” at an unknown water park. He was repainted and has served as a community icon and a roadside photo stop ever since. Although the Blue Hippo will remain in its current location, festival attendees are welcome to stop by and take a selfie. At the festival, a blue hippo art replica will be on display as part of the new Edmond’s Route 66 exhibit, and a blue hippo mascot will be on hand for photographs.
LocationEdmond Historical Society & Museum; Stephenson Park View map
431 S. Boulevard,
Edmond, OK 73034, US