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National Day of the Cowboy



National Day of the Cowboy 2018

National Day of the Cowboy celebration will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018. Doors open at 10 a.m.

This is a free day where young’uns (no matter what your age!) can come and have a fun time INDOORS at the museum.  Fun, western-themed free games for ages of all youth, live music by the Cowboys at Heart band and Oklahoma authors are some of the activities scheduled for the day-long celebration.  Funding for the annual event is from the Oklahoma Arts Council, which helps cover the cost of entertainers, and an art project youth can create and take home – for free!

Una Belle Townsend, an Oklahoma children’s author, will be here to autograph her books and visit with guests. She has written “Grady’s in the Silo” about a cow stuck in silo, and “The Oklahoma Land Run” among others.  Also here, will be cowboy cartoonist, Daryl Talbot.

Rope a Longhorn, ride a buckin’ bronc, create your own brand! Beat the heat in our 4D Experience Theater where you can watch the cattle stampede, cool off during a summer thunderstorm on the Oklahoma prairie and learn a little about life as a cowboy or cowgirl! There will be a room just for kids to play, get their faces painted and more – all old west fun!

Visit our Campfire Theater and listen to Jesse Chisholm and Tex share their campfire tales while some ruckus is made in the wagon as cowboys try to get comfortable for the night.


Art lovers will delight in our Garis Gallery of the American West where they can view the prized works of George Catlin, Frederic Remington and Charles Russell and Oklahoma’s own Paul Moore. Other local and regional artists are on display, including the work of Oklahoman’s Harold ‘H’ T. Holden, Jerry Yarnell and Gay Faulkenberry. Cowgirl artists in the Garis Gallery include KW Whitley (still living and creating great art!) and Marjorie Reed, among others.

Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook events page. For more information, you can call us at 580-252-6692, or email; or

“From the Easley Pens to Foard City” is by Texas artist, K.W. Whitley. The cowboy is Skip Shephard and K.W. said the location is Buster’s pens west of Crowell, TX. It was calf weaning time, and they were moving them from the pens to Buster’s home ranch in Foard City. This is one of the paintings in the Garis Gallery of the American West. It is gouache painting. Whitley also uses color pencil and oils when creating her richly saturated paintings.