Festival kicks off rebirth of warehouse district
The public finally got its first look at the the improved Fairmont Creamery Saturday.
The Fairmont District Experience hosted its premier event, attracting visitors of all ages for a day of fun for the whole family. The festivities started off with a children's parade around the brick landmark, which is still in the process of being remodeled. The parade was set to start at 10 a.m., but technical issues with a tractor pushed it back until after 10:30 a.m. Eventually, the small tractor had to be abandoned and replaced with able-bodied volunteers who drug the initial trailer along the short parade route.
"This is the first time we've come out to see this up close," said Dana Hatcher, whose grandchild participated in the inaugural parade. "When you see this, it's really great for Lawton and is something for the community to be proud of."
Hatcher watched with a smile and cheered as her 2-year-old grandson rode in the parade, being pushed in a themed wagon by his mother. Hatcher said the wagon, which looked like a miniature cow, was built by the boy's father in anticipation of the parade.
"It's a farm-themed parade, and he's a cow," she said. "It took his father a good two hours to put it together, but he likes it."
After the parade finished, kids and their families dispersed to various stations set up around the structure. Chuck Webber, one of the organizers behind the event, said it was important to organize older-style games children today don't necessarily get to participate in. There were stations set up for archery, go-kart racing, bubbles, king of the hill and others.