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The re-enactment began with a bang. Hugh Scott Jr. fired the gun, just like the one his grandfather shot 100 years ago-announcing Oklahoma's statehood.

Thousands of people turned out for the centennial festivities in Guthrie on Nov. 16th, including some of Scott's family, who flew in from Atlanta.

"It's a part of family history," said John Parks, an Atlanta resident. "My grandfather was the one to shoot the gun to announce Oklahoma statehood."

Hundreds of people watched, including some children who sat on a birthday quilt next to a cake they made special for the centennial.

Linda Wilson, a home-school teacher, said because her students have learned about Oklahoma history they wanted to come and see it first hand.

Okies of all ages, from all corners of the state watched from the sidelines and soaked in the state's historical beginning, including Lorre Hill.

"It's wonderful, this is where I grew up," Hill said. "I grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma and this is a wonderful place to live. I wanted to be a part of this today."

Shann Brashier, a Choctaw Indian, said he thought it would be fun and important to celebrate the state.

The celebration generated pride, a better understanding of history, and a stronger appreciation of how far Oklahomans have come.

"It's really neat to know that so long ago something so fantastic happened and then we're all celebrating together-it's neat," said Shelia Brashier, a centennial spectator.

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