11th annual Rock Island Arts Festival ready to rock Oct. 4

With October rapidly approaching, the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) is scampering about and finalizing preparations for all the activities involved in its 11th annual Rock Island Arts Festival.

Months of planning go into making each Arts Festival  specie. With hundreds of people from the community, out-of-town and out-of-state coming together in Chickasha, everything must be carefully organized and ready-to-go before opening day, Fri., Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.   

Sue Getman, RIAF 2019 Director, anticipates an outstanding Arts Festival 2019 with a big day and lots of visitors, entertainment and fun on the 2nd day, Sat., Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The final day of the Festival is Sun., Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m.  

All of the Arts Festival activities are centered around the beautiful and historic Rock Island Train Depot on east Chickasha Avenue in Chickasha, OK.  

Three other individual events to be held on Sat., Oct. 5 in conjunction with the Arts Festival and near the Depot area are the 4th annual Together We Heel, 3rd annual Rock Island Ride and the 2nd annual Oklahoma Food Truck Championship Competition.  

Visitors to the Arts Festival will see a large variety of artists, crafters and other vendors, musicians and performers, authors, children’s activities in the Depot and on the grounds, food vendors, wine and beer garden, a drawing tree, and many other fun opportunities.    

The Rock Island Arts Festival Committee is very appreciative of our valued supporters for their assistance with this year’s Festival: Camino Natural Resources, LLC, Johnson's Crane Service, Craig Foundation, Union Pacific Railroad, First National Bank, VanDyke Mechanical, Charles and Ila Watson, Chickasha Lumber Company, Johnston Insurance, Storage R Us, B. C. Clark Inc., Liberty National Bank, Standley Systems, Arvest Bank, LaForge Properties, Angel, Johnston, Blasingame, CPAs, Thome Cook-Farmers Insurance, Mosley Agency, Ferguson Funeral Home, Interurban, City of Chickasha, McRay Funeral Home, Spencer’s Supermarket, Southern Plains Vision Associates and Southern Plains Medical Center. 

Be sure to stop by the Chickasha Area Arts Council’s ‘Welcome Center’ located at the entrance of the Depot grounds to pick up a beautiful RIAF brochure, meet a well-known community supporter, get updates on CAAC’s activities and see the selection of RIAF t-shirts available for purchase.  

Near the Arts Council’s booth will be a tent featuring a nice selection of consignment items available in the CAAC’s Gift Shop.  These are from current members of the CAAC and may be purchased at the Festival or throughout the year at 1301 S. 7th St., home of the Arts Council. 

Visitors can meet some of our area authors - Brian McNatt, Maxine Douglas, Callie Hutton and The Write Stuff - in their individual booths and have their books autographed on-the-spot.  

A record number of Artisans and Crafters will have beautiful artwork, photography and specialty pieces available for purchase in their booths.  This year’s artists are Charles Steelman, Kris Fairchild Art, Water Color Creations by Susan Beth Wilhelm, Marcia Terry, Miletas Studio M and Penny Cup Photography.

Other Festival exhibitors are:  All Things Hand Made, Carnaias Creations, Clearly Decadent, Crafty Queen She Sews, Earl Miracle, Fox Cart, Ginger Woods, Hempworks, Mama Dragon Studio, Oak Roots Apparel and Designs, Pens and Things, Pink Pandora, Power Stamp Jewelry, Purple Passion Designs by Melissa, Rags Reborn Gifts, Sassy Sunflower, Styles by Josie, Tony's Jewelry, and Twister Strums.  Direct sales and promotional products are from the Chickasha Animal Shelter & C.A.R.T., Chickasha Public Library (with activities for kids in the Depot), Damsel In Defense, Lilla Rose Hair Accessories, Scentsy and Regina Adamson.

FOOD -- YES, it will be at the Rock Island Arts Festival 2019, too!  The weather will be perfect for a day to eat outdoors!  Stop by the food vendors located by the Depot for lunch or dinner and enjoy fabulous cuisine from a variety of food trucks.  A sampling of the tasty food fare that will be available throughout the Festival is Creek Bottom Burgers, selected as the 2018 Oklahoma Food Truck Champion and making its return to the RIAF.  They serve fried onion burgers, slow smoked brisket, hand cut fries, and fried pies! Red River Roadhouse is coming again this year with funnel cakes, alligator on a stick and much more! For the sweet tooth, check out Shollie's Sweets and Bakery whose specialties are baked goods and beef jerky.  Redbone Indian Tacos is new this year and will have tasty Indian tacos, nachos and more!  For popcorn lovers, check out Popworth's Kettle Corn who serves Kettle Corn just the way you like it.  For something cool, Kona Ice with a great selection of delicious sno-cones will be there for you.

Featured in the Beer and Wine Garden are vendors from Entwined Vines, Native Spirits, Cotton Blossom Winery and Canadian River Brewery.  

Attendees can enjoy music and other performers in three areas while at the Festival:  Stage 1 - Under the Pavilion, Stage 2 - Exhibitor Area Stage and Roaming in the Festival Area. 

The Schedule of Activities and Performances for the three days is: 

October 4, Friday


10:00 a.m. 

Festival Opens

Artists and Vendors Open


11:00 a.m. 

Casey and Minna strolling peformers - Festival Area

4:30 p.m.

Matt Cowell – Stage 2  

5:30 p.m. 

The Fortunate Few -   Stage 1                   

Children's Activities - In the Depot

6:30 p.m. 

Ryan Dorman – Stage 2

7:30 p.m. 

Tim Brauer's First Look Band-Stage 1


October 5, Saturday


10:00 a.m. 

Artists and Vendors Open

Together We Heel 10am -noon

Stage 1

Children's Activities All Day in Depot and Festival Area

10:30 a.m.

Love to Dance - Stage 2 

11:00 a.m. 

Jayden Cooper's Michael Jackson - Stage 2 

12:00 p.m. 

Shane Harris - Stage 2

 12:30 p.m. 

April's Dance Studio - Stage 1 

1:00 p.m. 

Michael Mitchell - Stage 2 

1:30 p.m. 

Rock Alley Music Studio - Stage 1 

2:00 p.m. 

Kohl Jackson – Stage 2  

2:30 p.m.

Cali Sickler - Stage 2

3:30 p.m. 

Solemn Release - Stage 1

4:30 p.m. 

Gary Lawrence - Stage 2

5:30 p.m.

Southern Highway - Stage 1

6:30 p.m. 

The Dalby's - Stage 2

 7:30 p.m. 

Travis Linville - Stage 1 


October 6, Sunday


12:00 p.m. 

Artists and Vendors Open

Children's Activities

12:30 p.m.

Piano Mitch - Stage 2

1:30 p.m. 

Southern Highway - Stage 1

4:00 p.m.

Festival Ends


The Chickasha Area Arts Council organized its first free, fun and family-friendly ‘Rock Island Arts Festival’ in 2009.  The RIAF became an annual event, expanding from two to three days and constantly adding more of everything to make it fun, fresh and festive!  

In March 2019 at the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce’s annual Banquet and Fundraiser event, the 10th annual Rock Island Arts Festival 2018 received the distinguished award of being selected as the ‘Event of the Year - 2018’ … an outstanding, exciting and humbling honor for the Chickasha Area Arts Council.

Watch for more information and updates of the 11th annual Rock Island Arts Festival at rockislandartsfestival.org and also on Facebook.  Share the information and invite family and friends to the Rock Island Arts Festival in Chickasha on Oct. 4-6, 2019! 

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