USAO's hometown of 15,000+, offers world-class barbeque, antiques galore, the famed Muscle Car Ranch and some of the best attended auto swap meets in America. Ranked by a national magazine as one of America's best Christmas destinations, the Festival of Light, features more than a three million lights, an expansive display in Shannon Springs park, just blocks from campus.
Buffalo herds can be seen from the road in several directions leading from town. Powwows, pageants and Native American festivals occur almost every weekend in southwestern Oklahoma. Some of the most important events include the Kiowa Black Legging Society in Anadarko, Red Earth in Oklahoma City, the Comanche Fair in Lawton, the Apache Blackfoot Warrior Society and the six-day Anadarko Indian Expo every August — all within an hour's driving time from downtown Chickasha.
Anadarko, 20 minutes west, calls itself "America's Indian capital." Important sites include: The Southern Plains Indian Museum, Indian City USA, art galleries and the tribal complexes of the Apache, Wichita and Delware nations. Museums and historic cemetaries are open to the public at Ft. Sill in Lawton. The nearby Arbuckle and Wichita mountains offer opportunites for hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing and lots of breathtaking scenery.
Chickasha is also centrally located within a 45 minute drive of three of the state's four largest urban areas: Oklahoma City, Norman and Lawton.
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Chickasha Corn Maize (Largest corn maize in Oklahoma)
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