Reba McEntire, also known as the “Queen of Country” and patron saint of Oklahoma, is a multi-Grammy winning artist whose voice is basically the soundtrack of getting your heart broken after the age of 40. Reba has been idolized through her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and numerous drag queen performances. Finally, it looks like the city of McAlester is paying its respects to the superstar.
A “larger than life” statue of Reba McEntire could be coming to McAlester.
Tourism coordinator Eddie Gray wants to formally present the idea to the city council.
McEntire was born in McAlester. KOCO 5 learned the height of the statue and base could be up to 11 feet tall combined, but it’s still in the concept phase.
That’s a pretty damn tall statue, when you think about it. I wonder what era of Reba they will choose to model the statue after! If they go with the early 2000s Reba with the shoulder length hair and black leather, the statue will actually be “larger than life” because the real Reba is only 5 foot, 7 inches tall. However, if they go with a 1990 “Fancy”-era Reba, the 11-foot-tall statue will really be a 1-to-1 scale model of our lady if they take her perm into consideration. Either way, this sounds like a quality investment for the city of McAlester…
According to the McAlester News Capital, Gray estimated it would cost around $40,000 for the statue, with about another $20,000 for the base, lighting and a trail leading up to it. He said it would be a driver for tourism, and it would draw Reba fans from around the country to McAlester.
This piece of art is the least we can do to honor Reba McEntire. Because even though $60,000 may seem like a lot of money for a statue, the inspiration and support Reba’s music career has provided to generations of broken-hearted lovers and drag queens alike is priceless.
What is your favorite era of Reba? Don’t say Colonel Sanders Reba. Follow Hayley on twitter @squirrellygeek