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Shots and shots: vaccines, music and more at this year's Calf Fry

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Calf Fry is back and with vaccines provided Saturday evening. 

Calf Fry is back this year, but with a slight twist. 

It will double as both a country music festival and a vaccination clinic. 

The clinic will be provided on a walk-up basis for attendees, according to Visit Stillwater. People interested in getting the vaccine must pre-register at vaccinate.ok.gov. The Payne County Health Department is distributing the vaccines. 

The folksy festival is known for being held the week between OSU’s dead week and final’s week, often deemed as an end-of-year celebration. However,  the event does attract more than just college students. Passes are available for festival-goers, some who come from all across the country, to park RVs on the premises.

The festival spans Thursday through Saturday, but the vaccination clinic is only available Saturday evening. This year’s lineup consists of well-known artists such as Parker McCollum and Riley Green.

This will be many festival goers' first time back at a live-music event since the pandemic hit last year, as well as some of the musicians’ first performances to a live crowd since, as well.

Student Madeline McTigue is one of many who has not been to a live show since coronavirus took over the United States.

“As a vaccinated Oklahoma resident I am really thankful that there will now be more vaccinated Oklahoma residents at Calf Fry,” McTigue said. 

Oklahoma State University Health Center has distributed  11,178 vaccine series, meaning both doses.

Many community members are surprised to see that Calf Fry would be including the vaccine. Student and festival goer Mary Keeling thinks that while it is shocking, it still makes sense.

“If I wasn’t vaccinated already I would be getting it done there just to say that I did,” Keeling said. “Cowboys love being healthy.”

The vaccine that will be distributed is the Johnson & Johnson, which only needs to be received by each person once, so they will not have to have a follow up appointment.

Regardless if it a vaccine in the arm or from a Red Solo cup swig of tequila, there are sure a lot of shots to be taken at Calf Fry this weekend -- something that would have been unimaginable a year ago when the world was hunkered away with no site of live music festivals coming back nor any hope for a vaccine. 

This time, the light at the end of the tunnel smells a lot like warm beer and looks like vaccine Band-Aid tan lines, and it is happening this weekend in Stillwater