Mayes county, home to the first white settlement in what was to become Oklahoma, is located in northeastern Oklahoma with Pryor serving as the county seat. Christian missions began showing up circa 1820 in the vicinity of the Chouteau Trading Post which was established in 1796 by Major Jean Pierre Chouteau, an Osage Indian trader and agent.
This picturesque county teems with recreational opportunities. The Grand (Neosho) River flows into the county at its northeast corner flowing southwesterly spawning two state parks, Disney/Little Blue State Park and Snowdale State Park, along the way. Two other parks, Spavinaw State Park on Spavinaw Lake and Cherokee State Park, offer visitors activities ranging from camping to fishing to horseshoes. Lake Hudson completes the natural features picture of the county.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 38,270, an increase of 4,904 over the 1990 census.
Other Oklahoma Counties nearby:
(Stilwell) Adair County
(Tahlequah) Cherokee County
(Vinita) Craig County
(Sapulpa) Creek County
(Jay) Delaware County
(Pryor) Mayes County
05/13 Coming to The Pryor area
OK Mozart Festival Bartlesville OK June9-15 Oklahoma's Premier Music Festival,
OK Mozart brings the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the state of Oklahoma and the middle United States.
National Poultry Festival Rogers AR June14-15 In addition to a music concert, the weekend events includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament, skeet shoot, horseshoe tournament, ladies luncheon, motorcycle rally, kids’ activities, ice cream socials, a barbecue cooking contest, and a barbecue fair where delicious food can be sampled.
Johnson County Peach Festival Clarksville AR July25-28 Johnson County Peach Festival is the oldest festival in the State. Concessionaires bring their wares from good ol' home cookin' to handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment and don't miss the Peach Cobbler Bake-Off and Jam/Jelly Contest.
Tulsa Greek Festival Tulsa OK September19-21 Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life.
Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival West Newton PA August24-September29 Jousters will compete in the Jousting Arena, while the smallest of the kingdom can enjoy their time in the New Children's Realm. Also a Pirate’s Pub and a New upscale Crafts Marketplace. Weekends only.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.