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Stars,stripes, food trucks and river racing

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Big Truck Tacos draws a crowd of hungry folks at the Stars & Stripes River Festival in Oklahoma City.
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OKLAHOMA CITY - While hot, the Oklahoma River somehow kept things just a squidge cooler Saturday afternoon during the Stars & Stripes River Festival, sponsored by Sandridge Energy.

And for late June in Oklahoma City, the weather was "mild" enough to warrant people to come out to the riverside park off of Lincoln Blvd. to come and watch the Stars & Stripes Regatta and the Riversport Challenge. And later in the afternoon was the rubber-duck race on the river, the dragon boats and "Paddle for the Cure."

Closing out was an impressive, family-friendly fireworks display.

Riversport was the thing at the festival. There was the "Rumble Drop," an 80-foot high freefall adventure. The Sanridge Sky Trail, Sky Line and Air Express Zip Line. This was cutting edge "extreme sports" opportunities for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Red Dirt Report arrived early and had to wait a bit for the food trucks to get going. While we waited we were able to sit at the single picnic table available by the food trucks, which was thankfully covered by a tent.

We spoke with Texas-based photographer Blair Chambers. He shared some personal observations on modern photography and how it is a hobby for him to take wedding pictures or festival pictures. He later shared his website address:

The Hall's Pizza Kitchen truck was there and the pizza was worth waiting for. "The Matt" was delicious and the service was spot-on. Find more out about them at

Another food truck offering jerk chicken and cornbread in an "Indian taco" like fashion was pretty good. The owner went on and on how the "new" singer for The Temptations kept coming to their truck for seconds and thirds during a recent Temps show in Clinton. After trying it, I could see why,

Oddly, the popular Big Truck Tacos truck was not ready for business at 10 minutes after 11. One diehard Big Truck fan did wait a bit for the food to be up and ready and he seemed happy he waited.

Back down on the river, the races between the rowers was a bit hard to follow. The announcer was less-than-stellar and it was hard to know when the race had begun because the start was never announced. Odd. And a pushy photographer for The Oklahoman was demanding that he be told which rowers were which. Even the state's newspaper of record seemed confused as to what was going on.

Overall, the event was nice. The gauntlet of insurance company and other business tents was not a lot of fun. They were offering tickets to a Toby Keith concert or somesuch. Not appealing.

Also, parking was a bit of harrowing ordeal. The guys in charge of parking were sending cars and trucks hither and dither. It was as if they didn't know what they were doing.

The location was good, though. And the view of the Oklahoma City skyline bordered on breathtaking.

It's good there are these sorts of events going on in our "Big League City."

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