This weekend Shawnee Trail Days returns to the downtown area. With live music, dancers, performers, wine-tasting from area vineyards, art on display and for sale, pop-up shops, food vendors and more, Trail Days promises to be an event filled with entertainment options for all ages.

This weekend Shawnee Trail Days returns to the downtown area. With live music, dancers, performers, wine-tasting from area vineyards, art on display and for sale, pop-up shops, food vendors and more, Trail Days promises to be an event filled with entertainment options for all ages.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, and until 9 p.m., entertainment and vendors will be available for the event. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and this year — in place of a fireworks display — will conclude with a 30-minute laser light show at 9:15 p.m.

Ed Bolt, community coordinator for Safe Events For Families (SEFF), helps organize the event that honors the history of the Shawnee community.

The festival celebrates Shawnee’s history and specifically the Shawnee Trails that were used to drive cattle from south Texas through Oklahoma and up into Kansas to the slaughterhouses, according to Bolt.

As well as 30 vendors and several food trucks, some staples of the event will be returning performers.

“We have a lot of historical re-enactors that folks can learn from and enjoy watching. We try to make it so there’s something for everybody,” he said.

“We have Marty Tipton who goes by The Oklahoma Kid,” Bolt said. “He’s a descendant of Will Rogers and he does a Will Rogers-type wild west show. He’s a very entertaining personality and gets the kids involved.”

He said The Oklahoma Kid will perform at the stage near the Ritz Theater on Main.

Bolt also said the Guthrie Gunfighters will be back to perform.

“They always put on a good show,” he said.

They are slated for five performances at the corner of Broadway and Main.

Along with the traditional acts, some new things are being added or reintroduced.

Years ago, under a former local organization, Shawnee used to be home to an Arts, Jazz and Wine festival.

“We received a lot of requests to bring it back,” Bolt said. “So, we're adding it in this year, though we'll have all kinds of music.”

A big tent along Bell Street, set up just south of Main Street, will house the artists and wine booths, he said, as well as entertainer Todd Morrow Saturday evening.

“We have six wineries and a dozen artists coming,” he said.

All-day passes for wine-tastings can be purchased for $20 at the event, but those who order online before the festival will receive a $5 discount. Order at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shawnee-trails-wine-tasting-tickets-46309694543.

Another new attraction will be a giant mural at Main and Broadway. Attendees are encouraged to collectively color the 20-foot wide, six-foot tall, artwork that will be hanging on the wall on the west side of Tom Terry Park. Also at the park, YMCA will have its Imagination Playground available, local Sea Cadets will be making paper airplanes, and the public library will be on-scene.

Perhaps the most noticeable change this year will be the decision to switch from a fireworks show to a laser light display.

Bolt said in an effort to be a good neighbor, SEFF decided to opt for the light show this year for a couple reasons.

Set off near Kickapoo and Main, last year the fireworks display was very loud.

“They were near a residential area, and folks were subjected to a lot of noise,” he said. “We wanted to change that.”

Also, he said fireworks were somewhat difficult to see over the downtown buildings, depending on where attendees were.

“We will have seating along Main Street, between Bell and Broadway, where people can view the display really well,” he said.

For more information, visit SEFF's Facebook page by searching “SEFF Shawnee.”