Oklahoma Rooster (The)
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OKLAHOMA ROOSTER, THE. AKA and see "Ten Strike." American, Reel (cut time). USA, southwestern U.S. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The tune appears in Gems of the Ballroom (c. 1890's) as the fourth change of "Ten Strike Quadrille." It was in the repertoire of the late Disney, Oklahoma, fiddler John "Uncle Dick" Hutchison, who played it in the key of 'C'.
The longest running festival in Oklahoma is "Rooster Day in May," established in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the 1930's as a way to cull excess roosters from local farms. This improved the egg quality: roosters were needed to inseminate the eggs (prior to artificial insemination), but once the clutch hatched the hens were disinclined to mate and involved with brooding. The roosters were, for a time, expendable, and market material.