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Jenks is one of the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma and a suburb of Tulsa. Known as the “Antique Capital of Oklahoma” we draw residents and visitors alike to Main Street. Main Street offers an all-day browsing vintage wares alongside new and repurposed offerings. Families love Jenks because there are always festivals and activities on the horizon.
Every second Saturday in October, downtown Jenks transforms into a cultural experience. Our streets fill with Oklahoma artists, wineries and live jazz bands for Art on Main, which draws in 10,000 visitors to our city each year. each Thanksgiving we have the “Lights On” ceremony where our businesses welcome shoppers all evening. Don’t forget about the Herb and Plant Festival during the last Saturday of April. This event draws thousands of visitors and offers gardeners one stop shopping for all their gardening needs for the summer. Downtown Jenks is also home to Freedom Fest, an annual event offering food and fun for all ages.
We are blessed to have the state’s only free-standing aquarium in our community, where families learn about our aquatic neighbors which is open year-round. During the Spring our residents enjoy the sunshine and admire the handiwork of the Jenks Garden Club as they beautify our city. Summers mean ice cream, lemonade and air-conditioned shopping. A pedestrian bridge links the Jenks riverfront area with the Tulsa RiverParks walking trail on the East and West sides of the Arkansas River.
Another one of Jenks main attractions is the High School Football Team who has won 14 state championships, 6 of them in a row from 1996 to 2001. The Trojans have sent many players to the collegiate level in the last 15 years including Rocky Calmus (Oklahoma/Tennessee Titans), Sean Mahan (Notre Dame/Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jason Lohr (Nebraska), Jason Carter (Oklahoma), Garrett Mills(Tulsa/Minnesota Vikings), Chase Beeler (Stanford), Bryan Pickryl (Texas), Kejuan Jones (Oklahoma), Jay Henry (West Virginia), Phillip Dillard (Nebraska/New York Giants), Corey Callans (Oklahoma), Jake Laptad (Kansas), Cory Dorris (Tulsa), Chris Adkins (Tulsa), Gabe Lynn (Oklahoma),Tramaine Thompson (Kansas State), Alex Ross (Oklahoma), Stephen Parker (Oklahoma), Jordan Smallwood (Oklahoma), Dillon Harding (Oklahoma St.).
The Jenks School District is one of the largest in the state and encompasses significant portions of southwest Tulsa, while many of the Jenks schools are actually located within the city of Tulsa. In 2005 we were the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — the highest Presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.