That’s right. The 47th Annual IPRA & IFR is here, and the festivities don’t stop until Sunday. Starting on the 11th with the Miss Rodeo USA 2009 Pageant and ending with the final rodeo performances and the IPRA World Championship Awards Banquet at the Biltmore Hotel on the 18th. As always, the IFR Western Trade Show will get going on Friday at 6:00p and runs through Sunday, so get out there and see all the great merchandise. I have a feeling you might find something great.
Anyway, round up the family and hit the fairgrounds this week. We’ve linked to the official schedule on the IFR home page, and believe me, there’s plenty to do. So go catch your favorite rodeo starsand see them prove that they’re some of the toughest athletes on the planet, yet again.
Check their website for all the dates and times. Starting at 11:00a on Saturday the 17th, OG&E’s Kid Day will offer lots of great activities including contests, autograph sessions, roping instruction, or you can even see how to make a genuine cowboy hat. All activities at Kids’ Day are free, and most of them are even educational. So come down to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds this week and get in on the excitement.
Just a reminder: our PBR Bullnanza autograph party is this Saturday at our Stockyard Location, featuring top bull riders and fighters participating in the event as well as a VIP Ticket Giveaway. I am working on getting some names for you. In the mean time, check out our radio commercial for the event with the embedded player above.
From time to time we like to share a little bit about where we’re from. It’s always nice to put a little personality on this too-often impersonal medium called the internet. To help tell you a little about what we’re “all about”, we like to point you to an article in today’s New York Times Travel section about Oklahoma City.
And it wasn’t just the food and museums that gave him this impression. The author found that the people represented this mixture of cultures as well:
“While I was in town, a nationally known local psychedelic band, the Flaming Lips, screened a homemade movie and music extravaganza, “Christmas on Mars,” to a raucous crowd at the deadCENTER Film Festival. At the same time, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum was hosting a gathering of contemporary Western artists — imagine a group of people resembling the cast of a Sam Peckinpah movie with paintbrushes. There is also a frisson in the air over the news that the city has managed to snag a National Basketball Association franchise, with the SuperSonics moving here from Seattle next season. “
So, if you plan on visiting us soon or just want to know more about this place where all your Langston’s packages are coming from, check out the NY Times article here. For more pictures check out the Slide Show.
That’s right. As of today, the AQHA Ford World Show is officially off and running. Things got going today, and will continue through August 9th over at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. This is officially the largest Youth World Show on record, with a 38% increase in entries. This stands to generate a boom of about $15 million for the state and local economies, respectively.
Along with the tough and talented riders and ropers, all of the past favorite merchandise booths will be back, as well as about 30 new additions. The trade show will be located in the gigantified (yes, it’s my word) Cox Pavilion. Booths opened at noon today and will be open until 7pm tonight. From tomorrow until the 8th, the trade show will be open from 9a to 7p, then on the final Saturday of the show, the hours will reduce to 9a-5p. Don’t forget to stop by the Langston’s booth to pick up your coupon for free shipping on all orders over $100, exclusively from Langstons.com.
So, get to the fairgrounds and enjoy the countless events, merchandise booths, and your old buddies, Langston’s. We’re always glad to see you, you know.
We are proud to announce that Langston’s Western Wear has won the Daily Oklahoman’sReader’s Choice award for best Western Wear Store. I believe the publication has been doing this poll for about 16 years and Langston’s has won it every year the category has been included. In a city with many fine western wear options, we feel that is saying a lot and is reflective of our commitment to our customer. Of course, we won’t let this make us complacent. We will continue to strive to provide the best service and quality merchandise to our customers, be they in our stores on visiting us online. Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or just to say “hello”. Thank you, Oklahoma and Daily Oklahoman readers for once again voting us as your favorite place to shop for your western wear needs.
We also had a rating of 3 horseshoes for Shirts, Belts and Jeans. They mention the hand-tooled leather purses, sequined belts we carry in store, as well as the Montana Silversmith belt buckles, Panhandle Slim shirts, Cruel Girl and Wrangler Jeans we carry both online and in stores.
It’s going to be a long 11 months until the PBR returns to Oklahoma City. It was such a great event and we had such a great time at our autograph signing party, we’ll have to do everything we can to keep from counting the days until the 2009 PBR comes in what may be an already improved Ford Center (see below).
Thankfully, the Versus channel is set to give us our bullriding (and bullfighting) fix every week. It’s the next best thing to being there and if the video above doesn’t get you fired up, then you should probably stick to the Lifetime Network.
Coming up this weekend is the Portland Invitational, March 15, 16, and 17. Check out the Versus PBR page for times and channel listings in your area.
Well, yesterday proved to be pretty decisive at the polls. Oklahoma City voters approved the proposed sales tax extension to make $121 million worth of improvements to the Ford Center and to construct a practice facility in the hope of gaining NBA fame on a permanent basis. The proposal was voted on by nearly 45,000 people and was approved by a 62% margin, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board. The plan will extend the one-penny sales tax for 15 months and pay for $97 million in upgrades to the Ford Center and close to $25 million for a brand-spanking-new NBA-quality practice facility.
Both sides of the argument had valid points and argued their points of view with passion. On the “yes” side, of course this is meant to bring an NBA franchise to Oklahoma City to stay, among other top-level events such as concerts and collegiate basketball tournaments, and thereby jump start our city’s status on the national level. The no side held that the tax amounted to corporate subsidy and focused on the opportunity cost of using public funds for such a project.
At the end of the day, the majority felt that there is merit in investing in their community in an attempt to make Oklahoma City more of a national destination, as well as bringing a ton of jobs into the city. But the arguments no longer matter and we at Langston’s hope the improvements will help make a more enjoyable experience for rodeo fans, hockey fans, PBR fans, concert goers and maybe, someday, even NBA fans.
And as far as getting an NBA to locate in Oklahoma City it looks like it’s now up to the powers that be in the NBA. OKC has been at the top of the NBA Relocation list for a couple of years now, so fret not roundball fans: we will build it, and they will come. Who “they” will be and when they’ll be here is still up in the air, right up there with the excitement level in our modest little ‘burg.