Okemah, Oklahoma is the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. Every year around his birthday, July 14th, the town has a festival in honor of him, The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. http://www.woodyguthrie.com/ The 12th annual festival will be in July, 2009, I don't know the exact dates, but visit the website for more information.
It was reported in the Okemah News Leader, 9/21/08, that The Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma group will rededicate the Woody Guthrie plaque. The ceremony will be held to move the existing plague to a more prominate location. It is currently located on the back of a pedestal at the Woody Guthrie Park. It was originally supposed to be near his statute at the park.
If you are a Woody Guthrie fan or just a folk music fan this is the festival for you. Many great artists have played at the festival including members of the Guthrie Family, Arlo, Annie and Sarah Lee. Others include Jimmy LaFave, The Red Dirt Rangers, Sara Hickman, The Burns Sisters, Pete Seeger, and Ellis Paul. http://www.woodyguthrie.com/2008_Entertainers.htm
The festival is a volunteer effort and is free. Its a great party!!! Mark your calendars. I love the "Oklahoma Hills"Territory Mom