Oklahoma is not typically a state associated with pelicans, but in the town of Grove, pelicans are not only alive and well, but are celebrated.
Grand Lake Association Executive Director Tad Jones said the great American white pelican flies to Grand Lake every September and stays three to five months before heading south for the winter.
"These pelicans come in by the thousands to get a snack before they head south," he said.
Celebrating the pelican's yearly pit stop in Grove, the residents of Grove are preparing for the 29th annual Pelican Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20-22 at the Grove Civic Center.
The festivities kick off Sept. 20 with a carnival. The carnival will be open from 6-10 p.m. on that Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Twenty dollar wristbands will be available at the Grand Lakes Association office at the Grand Lake Visitor Center, while the carnival will be $25 at the gate.