Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - Woody Guthrie's Oklahoma hometown has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the "This Land Is Your Land" singer.

The Journal Record reports that the town of Okemah jumps from about 3,000 to 6,000 people during the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Performers this year include Grammy winner Jason Mraz, Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours, and Annie Guthrie, daughter of Arlo Guthrie and the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie.

Festival organizer Kay Thompson says it brings music fans from around the world to Okemah, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City. Thompson says some come from as far away as Scotland and Australia.

Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen have cited Woody Guthrie as an influence.

This is the festival's 21st year. It continues through Sunday.

___

Information from: The Journal Record, http://www.journalrecord.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 6:55 AM EDT2018-07-22 10:55:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>
  • 1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after Los Angeles standoff

    1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after Los Angeles standoff

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:58:43 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-07-22 10:54:44 GMT
    A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots.More >>
    A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots.More >>
  • Grandfather arrested after California boy shoots cousin, 2

    Grandfather arrested after California boy shoots cousin, 2

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:31:10 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 6:18 AM EDT2018-07-22 10:18:06 GMT
    (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP). San Bernardino County Sheriff's personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Muscoy, Calif. Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-ye...(Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP). San Bernardino County Sheriff's personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Muscoy, Calif. Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-ye...
    Authorities have arrested the grandfather of a 2-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by her 4-year-old cousin in Southern California.More >>
    Authorities have arrested the grandfather of a 2-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed by her 4-year-old cousin in Southern California.More >>
Powered by Frankly