USAO Anticipates Thousands for Spring Triad April 5

USAO Anticipates Thousands for Spring Triad April 5



CHICKASHA – Live music, vivid chalk art and academic competitions culminate in the largest festival of the year for the University of Science and Arts. On April 5, USAO will devote the day to the annual Spring Triad, a combination of the Montmartre Chalk Art Festival, Droverstock music festival and the Scholastic Meet.

Last year, more than 2,000 area high school students lined the campus despite morning winds and rain. With an impressive lineup of bands and a huge array of large, inflatable games and activities, Droverstock planners expect a huge crowd.

“I am so excited about Droverstock,” said Moore communication sophomore and Droverstock committee chair Ryan Bell. “It is going to be the biggest Droverstock this school has ever seen. We have a great musical lineup and some of the most over-the-top inflatables out there.”

The day begins with the Montmartre Chalk Art Contest, a colorful display that blankets the campus oval in vivid artwork by students of all ages. Last year’s contest yielded more than 300 original chalk art drawings from 733 artists from across the state.

Contestants will be issued a six-by-six-feet numbered square on the campus oval, and cash awards will be given in four different categories by the USAO art department. More than $1,600 in cash prizes were awarded at last year’s event. The chalk art contest is open to the public.

Jacquelyn Knapp, assistant professor of art, said the chalk art contest gives artists a great opportunity to express themselves.

“Because of its fun, unique approach, Montmartre offers a venue of artistic expression unlike any other event,” she said. “It is a place for artists to show off their creative abilities, but it is also a place for participants to discover that they, themselves, are artists.” 

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. An entrance fee of $10 is required at registration, and only sidewalk chalk art and other temporary media such as charcoal are allowed. Registration is issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Judging will begin at noon with an awards ceremony following at 1:30 p.m.

A full listing of rules and regulations, as well as registration forms, for the Montmartre competition are available on the USAO website at in the “Events” column. Additional information is available from Knapp by e-mail at or telephone at (405) 574–1303.

The Droverstock music festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with live bands from across Oklahoma. From rock to blues to alternative, Droverstock’s music lineup boasts more than 12 hours of live music. Scheduled bands include The Split, Sly’s Alter Ego, Shortt Dogg, The Hero Factor and many others. The headliner for the evening is Copeland, beginning at 8 p.m. After Copeland’s performance, a live DJ will take over with dance music and a foam party.

In addition to live music, Droverstock features several free games, rides and activities. Human foosball, a 21-foot dual lane inflatable slide and a giant castle bounce are just a few activities planned.

Bell said visitors can’t miss the “gotta-go” battery-powered toilet racers.

“Words alone cannot describe the hilarious laughter your two competitors will have as they race around a designated course,” Bell said. “It is as fun to watch as it is to drive.”

Visitors won’t have to race off campus for lunch. Various campus student clubs and organizations will be selling food at booths around the oval. To commemorate the event, Droverstock t-shirts will be available for $10.99 from the USAO Bookstore.

Droverstock is free and open to the public. More information is available online by clicking the Droverstock button under “Events” at

The triad’s third event is the USAO Scholastic Meet. With upwards of 1,800 students competing in academic disciplines such as math, science, music, history and other subjects, the competition is the largest academic meet in the state.

Over the past 27 years, it has attracted high school students from 50 Oklahoma counties annually to the Chickasha campus in hopes of taking home trophies for their achievements.

More information about the Scholastic Meet is available on the USAO website listed above or from coordinator Dr. Darryel Reigh, professor of chemistry, by e-mail at