Have you heard about the giant party happening along the east bank of the Arkansas this weekend?
It's the first annual RiverRush, and from sunup to sundown, it's bringing a 5K run, an activity expo featuring a few of the many groups that meet at River Parks to work out and hang out, a fancy schmancy gala and what promises to be a helluva concert, courtesy of Grammy-Award winner Joss Stone, to the heart of Tulsa.
RiverRush celebrates the 35-year milestone of River Parks, which has grown and changed the looks of Tulsa's riverbanks tremendously over the course of more than three decades. One doesn't have to travel Riverside Drive for long to notice that the park is in the middle of of its most extensive renovation ever.
Anyone who hasn't been to River Parks to check out the miles of new, spiffy dual trails, new lighting and furnishings and the oh-so-refreshing 41st Street Plaza is sorely missing out.
Make plans to grab an arm-load of friends and get to RiverRush this weekend. Anyone who takes part helps to fund a signage program at River Parks. After all, River Parks is a big place, and sometimes newcomers could use some help finding entrances, directions, park guidelines and event information.
I mean, we don't want our visitors wandering aimlessly around our ground zero of the best outdoor recreation to be had in this town. That's just not what we all know and love as Tulsa hospitality.
Wait. I mentioned giving something away, didn't I? Something really, really good, I think I said. Do you remember that? Because I remember that.
Here 'tis: Thanks to the folks behind the RiverRush festival, I have four tickets to the RiverRush Joss Stone concert at the BOK Center to give to two worthy and lucky readers here at TDT.
I know, right?
The first reader to guess how many estimated visits River Parks receives from area residents and newcomers each year is an automatic winner.
If you're not the first with the correct answer, don't worry. Keep entering, and I'll let Random.org pick a winner from all of the correct answers posted to this blog by Friday morning at 8am.
Want to better your chances for such choice tix (which are, by the way, valued at $75 apiece)? There's an app for that - a few, actually. Hop on Facebook, Twitter - whatever suits your fancy - and post about RiverRush and/or this giveaway and receive not just one, but five (FIVE!) extra entries.
Feel free to do this as many times as you like, on one condition: Anytime you post on Facebook or Twitter, come back to this post and let me know about it. Otherwise, I have no way of being sure that I know about each of your many attempts to snag this prize.
Fairness: It's my goal in this life. That, and cookies. Also, cake and pie.
Good luck, everyone, and I'll see you at RiverRush.