Prom set for Satruday in Blackwell

by Charles Gerian

It’s high school prom season in Kay County, and Blackwell High School’s prom will be doing things a little differently this Saturday than in years past.

This year, construction and remodeling work is being done at the high school campus, relating specifically to the auditorium and study center.

As a result, prom will begin at the Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum on Main Street, with the main festivities taking place at the county fairgrounds Event Center down the road afterward.

The grand march, where prom attendees arrive in their special cars, tractors, wagons and whatever else they can think of, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the museum.

Main Street will be partially blocked off for the event, so travelers should steer clear of Main Street on Saturday afternoon. Prom guests will walk around the museum for photo opportunities before going to the Event Center for the dance.

Prom itself will be at the Event Center This isn’t entirely unprecedented. The grand march took place at the museum during the summer of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, months after prom was postponed because of safety concerns. In previous years, Blackwell’s after-prom festivities took place in the fairgrounds’ old 4-H building.