Street dance thrills Cavalcade fans

Nathan Thompson
A crowd of rodeo fans, locals and guests alike dance the evening away Tuesday night during the Cavalcade Street Dance along Kihekah Avenue in downtown Pawhuska. Nathan Thompson/Journal-Capital

Tuesday night, Cavalcade participants and fans headed out to the Ag Building at the fairgrounds for the queen’s barbecue and fashion show before moving out to the heart of town for the annual street dance along Kihekah.

During the barbecue, the crowd bid on auction items from the 12 queen representatives from Round Up Clubs across northeast Oklahoma. The fashion show was part of the competition where the 12 contestants are vying for the title of Cavalcade Queen — a contest where the ladies are judged on horsemanship, poise, fashion and an on-stage question. The winner will be announced later in the week.

At the Street Party in downtown Pawhuska Tuesday night, revelers from across the country danced to the toe-tapping country favorites from Mark Chamberlain and the Whiskey Poet Society, while enjoying food, drinks and souvenirs from local vendors and Osage County’s most famous resident — food blogger, author and TV personality Ree Drummond.

This year’s Cavalcade Street Dance was sponsored by The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, bringing a throng of fans from across the United States to downtown Pawhuska.

“This is so much fun,” said Greta Smitheson, who is visiting Pawhuska from Madison, Wisc., with a group of five other travelers. “We came here to visit Ree’s Mercantile and had no idea this street party was going on, so we decided to stay. Small town Oklahoma and Pawhuska are really great places just to get away. We are having a blast.”

John Stevenson and his wife Naomi are in town for Cavalcade from the rural Locust Grove area.

“This is our first time here in Pawhuska and for Cavalcade,” he said. “The folks here are super nice and we are loving the music. ”