In 1911, citizens of Enid who called themselves Boosters (those with optimistic purpose) built a giant hammer as a symbol of the Knocker (those who knock progress and ideas) and held a Knocker Parade and funeral for Old Hammer, symbolically burying pessimism that was holding Enid back.
Escorted by 15 pallbearers and the Enid Band, followed by several vehicles and community leaders, the parade started at the Chamber of Commerce (currently known as the Bell building), went around the square 1.5 times, then lowered Old Hammer into its grave, near the SW corner of the square, likely across the street from the current Non Profit Center (previous Newman's building).
News of this spread far and wide, and made a positive impact on the community. Enid residents were encouraged to wear red hammer pins on their lapels for 2 weeks, as long as they pledged never to knock again. They threw the red pins into the grave along with Old Hammer.
They thought this would never happen again, but we are again calling for Enid residents to be Boosters for our community. We will build a giant hammer and symbolically banish pessimism once again.
September 16, 2017, join us at the Cherokee Strip Parade around the downtown square in the morning, then the Old Hammer Funeral & Celebration in the evening, on the 200 block of E Maple, now known as The Brix.
The same day, 2:00-7:00 pm, As a new way to celebrate Enid’s bright future, you can pay $15 to paint a section of the "Bright Future" mural on the side of Creative HQ at 222 E Maple, between Leonardo's and Creative Arts!
Everyone who pays to paint the mural also gets a red hammer Enid Booster lapel pin, otherwise for sale for $5, to wear as they did in 1911 and as a keepsake for this most unusual event.At www.MainStreetEnid.org/bright-future, you can choose which piece of the mural you’d like to paint, then follow the link to claim your spot and pay $15 as a fundraiser for more public art murals in downtown Enid.
Enid Booster lapel pins will be available for $5 or you can get one by paying $15 to paint a piece of the Bright Future mural on September 16, Enid's birthday!
Find out more about the Bright Future mural here!