Guthrie Oklahoma prepares for major music festival Mumford and Sons

Guthrie, Oklahoma, population 10,000, prepares for 35,000 Mumford and Sons fans.

Guthrie is a member of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. We congratulate the town of 10,000 for their recent economic development successes including the opening of several new businesses over the last year and the upcoming Gentleman of the Road festival!

Mumford and Sons Guthrie OklahomaFrom Mumford and Sons, I Will Wait:

I came home | Like a stone | And I fell heavy into your arms | These days of darkness | Which we’ve known | Will blow away with this new sun

These days, Sereniah Breland, City Manager of Guthrie, Oklahoma, is busy suspending nearly two dozen city ordinances and preparing the Wild West-like town  — albeit, Victorianesque, for an epic concert event. The British folk rockers, Mumford and Sons, with their songs about the poor and fatherless, greed and oppression, hope and love, are coming to town September 6-7.

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Sereniah Breland, City Manager, City of Guthrie, prepares for Mumford Mania.

Breland, who has been at the city’s helm for about 10-months, hails from Texas where she clocked significant municipal experience in cities like Denton, Goliad and Sugar Land. Still, preparing for 35,000 unexpected house guests is challenging. A keen understanding of what this festival could mean for the Central Oklahoma community keeps her focused on a great outcome.

Gentleman of the Road Pass, Guthrie Oklahoma

Gentleman of the Road Pass, Guthrie Oklahoma

“We think the festival will generate more than $300,000 in sales tax revenue for Guthrie,” Breland says. “But, I’m hoping for something even bigger. “Guthrie is positioned to become a nationally- recognized community that already has the elements of success including a stunning historic downtown, strong bed and breakfast presence, and we’re geographically positioned along the the fastest-growing corridor in the nation.”

Sereniah Breland City Manager MumfordIf that happens, it would translate into an economic windfall for Guthrie. It would also inject pride into the town, which was Oklahoma’s capital city until 1910, when the state seal was literally stolen from the original state capitol.

 “This town  has not fallen victim to urban renewal,” Breland says.

Always the consummate city manager, Breland, gives credit to town leaders and community organizers including those responsible every year for the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival. “There’ve been a lot of people in Guthrie doing creative placemaking for way longer than we’ve been calling it that,” she says. “The citizens of Guthrie have been capitalizing on their assets for a very long time.”

Some of those leaders no doubt include Mayor Mark Spradlin and the six-member city council, which hired Breland. With their support, numerous city ordinances were temporarily suspended. It’s been all-hands-on-deck as the entire city staff pulls together to prepare for the Grammy-award winning band. In addition, Breland has secured the help of several state resources including emergency management professionals, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Able Commission.

“Guthrie has worked hard to maintain its public spaces,” Breland says. “And, we continue to give back. The entire state is a benefactor in this.”

Guthrie Oklahoma prepares for major music festival Mumford and Sons

The Guthrie City Council temporarily suspended city ordinances including one that would allow shopkeepers to paint their windows with mustaches in honor of the Gentleman of the Road tour.

The Grammy-award winning Mumford and Sons will take the stage in Cottonwood Flats, a grassy, treed venue that’s less than a mile north of Guthrie’s historic downtown. The downtown district is also part of the official festival staging area. Various indie bands as well as local talent will play while a myriad of vendors and local shopkeepers and galleries will tend to customers.

Guthrie Oklahoma prepares for Mumford and Sons

Guthrie Oklahoma prepares for Mumford and Sons

“For awhile now, there’s been a kind of grassroots hope that Guthrie will become a little Austin,” says Breland. “We’ve even seen the growth of an unofficial, rogue slogan, Make Guthrie Weird. I think as long as this translates to positive economic impact, we’re OK with that. The people in Guthrie know exactly who they are: red dirt, creative and salt-of-the-earth folks, through-and-through.”

Follow the City of Guthrie on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information, contact Breland at SBreland[at]cityofguthrie[dot]com.

More Economic Development News from Guthrie

Prairie Gothic, Guthrie, Oklahoma

Prairie Gothic is one of several new businesses to open in Guthrie in the last year.

Since August 20, 2012 Guthrie has celebrated the opening of several new businesses in town. Some of these businesses have even hired additional help just to service the amount of workload they’re receiving. Businesses opening in Guthrie since August 20, 2012 include:

Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Owl’s Attic

Prairie Gothic

Hancock Creative Shop

Ella Rose Boutique

OPS Resellers

Boom A Rang diner

Pioneer Cheesecake Factory

Billy Sims BBQ

Legends Food & Sport

Cocopelli Village

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Two more businesses, New Anthropy and Same Old Moses, will be joining this list soon.

In addition, the Blue Belle Saloon is now under the management of a strong restaurant team from Oklahoma City who is thrilled over the opportunities that lie ahead in Guthrie. Also, the Merritt family opened the state’s first vodka distilleries and are now producing Prairie Wolf Spirits, and three other Guthrie businesses have expand their existing businesses: The Tipsy Artist- Tiffany Bohrer, Treasures and Books and Stable’s Café.

The Bluebelle Saloon in Guthrie, Oklahoma has new owners and management.

The Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie, Oklahoma has new owners and management.

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