Governor Mary Fallin invites families to Septemberfest on September 9. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

While all families are invited to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich traditions, Gov. Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen encourage foster families from throughout the state to attend.

At 11 a.m., Gov. Fallin will read to foster children. For those interested in learning more about fostering, recruiters from numerous organizations will be on site with information and activities for all children, as part of the Oklahoma Fosters Initiative.

Gov. Fallin and DHS launched the Oklahoma Fosters initiative in November 2015 with the stated goal of recruiting new foster families to better serve children in state custody.

The Oklahoma Fosters initiative uses a grassroots approach to coordinate efforts involving faith, government, business and local communities to solve the foster care crisis in Oklahoma.

Septemberfest is an event focused on highlighting Oklahoma’s rich history. The festival was founded in 1997 by Friends of the Mansion, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to preserving and improving Oklahoma’s historic Governor’s Mansion as well as its grounds and furnishings. The Oklahoma History Center began co-hosting Septemberfest with Friends of the Mansion in 2004.

The festival, which will feature more than 50 attractions for people of all ages. Activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Bungee station
  • Clowns
  • Chuck wagon cooking
  • Face-painting
  • Laser tag
  • Museum exhibits
  • Oklahoma musicians and performers
  • Pony rides
  • Square dancing
  • Storytime with Governor Fallin

Food vendors will be on site and families are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy on the lawn.

Septemberfest is free and open to the public, with no registration or tickets required. To get involved with the Oklahoma Fosters Initiative, please call the foster parent hotline, 1-800-376-9279.