Bring the family to Tahlequah and enjoy the Red Fern Festival, an old-fashioned fun event featuring hound dog field trials, 1930s era children's games, a car show and more. The Red Fern Festival was inspired by the renowned novel, "Where the Red Fern Grows" by native author Wilson Rawls. The novel, which was set in Tahlequah, evokes simpler times. The festival itself capitalizes on this theme of simplicity with a wide array of old-fashioned events perfect for the whole family. One of Tahlequah's premier events, the Red Fern Festival features unique and rustic food vendors, a barbecue cook-off, live music, a tractor parade, crawdad hole and plenty of children's activities. Come to this award-winning event and transport yourself back to the 1930s while also touring locations from the novel.