Reckless Kelly to Headline Ales & Tails
The true roots of Red Dirt music will be on display during the fifth annual Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival, Saturday, May 18, as several legends of the genre are scheduled to perform.
Austin-based band Reckless Kelly headlines the lineup that features other prominent artists in the scene like Micky & the Motorcars and Mike McClure, as well as Grand Lake’s own Magen Faulconer.
A fundraiser for the Vinita Rotary Club, Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival is one of the most popular events in northeast Oklahoma. It’s a giant party that features heaping plates of crawfish and live music by some of the biggest names in the Red Dirt genre, as well as games and craft vendors from all over the state.
Held at the American Legion Rodeo Arena in Vinita, the gates for Oklahoma’s largest crawfish and Red Dirt festival open at 4 p.m.
For the tastiest part of the evening, the Vinita Rotary Club brings in piles of live Louisiana crawfish, which will be boiled Cajun-style with potatoes and corn. You’ll want to bring your appetite in order to tackle the two-pound servings of crawfish.
For those who aren’t mudbug aficionados, there will be fried catfish with hushpuppies and fried potatoes on the side.
Soft drinks and adult beverages, including beer and mixed drinks, will be available for purchase during the event. Summerside Vineyards and Winery will also be selling wine slushies.
There will be plenty of shopping opportunities during Ales & Tails. Craft vendors from all over the state will be bringing a wide range of fun, original items for festival-goers to browse through and purchase.
All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Vinita Rotary Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, which assists local high school seniors who are seeking higher education at a trade school or college. To date, it has provided more than $70,000 scholarship funds. The fund has also provided more than 3,000 dictionaries to third-grade students across Craig County.
Tickets sales will start soon. When they do go on sale, tickets can be purchased online at www.alesandtails.net, 360GrandLake.com or on the 2019 Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival Facebook page. Tickets are also available from any Rotary member and at Austin Brown State Farm Insurance in Vinita.
General admission concert tickets for the Red Dirt music part of the festival are $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. Meal tickets for the crawfish or catfish plates are $10. General admission and meal ticket packages are $25.
For those interested in literally spending the night at the festival, camping packages are available. A huge hit last year, the camping packages are $100 and include two meal tickets, two general admission tickets and a camping site. There are eight spots with electricity for RVs and 20 tent sites available. All tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This year, Pelivan Transit is partnering with Ales & Tails to provide safe rides to and from designated locations around Vinita and the Grand Lake area. Locations will be posted on the Facebook event page, as well as www.alesandtails.net, when finalized.
The Vinita Rotary Club is also offering VIP packages at this year’s Ales & Tales Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival. A VIP ticket is $250 and includes admission to a reserved and elevated viewing area that will include private bar, dining and seating, as well as one meal ticket, one beer pass and six mixed drink tickets.
The Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival will be held at the American Legion Rodeo Arena, located at 26585 South 4410 Road, in Vinita. Parking is available in several areas around the arena and will be clearly posted.
Sponsors and vendors are still being accepted. Applications are available online at www.alesandtails.net and on the Facebook event page.