McLoud is a town in northwestern Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States, and is part of the Oklahoma CityConsolidated Metropolitan Area. The population was 4,044 at the 2010 census, a 14.0 percent increase from 3,548 at the 2000 census. The town was founded in 1895 and named for John W. McLoud, attorney for the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad.
|Motto: Blackberry Capital of the World|
Location of McLoud, Oklahoma
The United States Postal Service operates the McLoud Post Office.
The city of McLoud is served by the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma.
McLoud Public Schools consists of two campus sites. The McLoud Elementary campus consists of eight buildings, including the Elementary building (3rd grade), the Ola Barnett building (4th grade,)the PreK building, the Early Childhood Center (Kindergarten thru 2nd grade), and the Intermediate building (5th and 6th grade). Also at the Elementary campus are the Elementary Gymnasium, the Elementary Multi-Media Center, and the Elementary SafeRoom, which provides tornado protection for the 1,000+ students, staff, and faculty.
The Secondary campus consists of ten buildings. These include McLoud Junior High School (7th & 8th grade) and High School East and West buildings (9th - 12th grades) Also included on the Secondary campus are the Secondary cafeteria, the Secondary Multimedia Center, the Business Building (Business and Computers), a VoAg Building and VoAg Barn, the Home Economics Building, the Fine Arts Building (Band and Drama), and the Secondary SafeRoom which provides the entire secondary campus with tornado protection.
McLoud Schools offers students access to 15 different computer labs across the District. There are four basketball gyms, baseball, football, soccer, and softball fields. McLoud Schools also has indoor practice facilities for their baseball, softball, and wrestling programs, as well as the football field house.
McLoud is served by the McLoud Public Library, which is part of the Pioneer Library System.
As the “Blackberry Capital of the World”, McLoud is home to the annual Blackberry Festival sponsored by the McLoud Chamber of Commerce. The festival began in the 1940s as a celebration of the end of the blackberry harvest. Although there is no longer large scale commercial blackberry farming in McLoud, blackberries still grow wild in the area. Another local favorite is the Austin poker tournament held in conjunction with the festival.
The festival is held the first weekend in July at venues throughout the community. The festivities now include a parade, carnival, car show, poker run, baking contest, and pageant. Fireworks and music are also a major part of the activities for the weekend.