National Day of the Cowboy
Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy 2021 with us, Saturday, July 24. Our theme this year is “Young’ Uns on the Trail.”Doors open at 10 a.m. This is the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s 10th year to host this event.
The tentative schedule includes an art project for youth, live music by the Cowboys at Heart Band, and exhibits. Una Belle Townsend, an Oklahoma children’s author, who was here in 2020, will return for this year’s celebration. She is the author of “Grady’s in the Silo,” based on the story of Grady, a cow who gets stuck in an Oklahoma silo. We currently carry a few of her books in our gift shop, including “The Oklahoma Land Run.” Townsend will have copies of her newest book, Ben and The Missing Pony, when she is here in July.
We are adding new activities added to this year’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration. Since the first celebration in 2010, this local event continues to grow, attracting many visitors, many from out of the area. It has become a much-anticipated event for area families.
*Children’s art project will be available, made possible with funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Rope a Longhorn, ride a buckin’ bronc, create your 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 about life as a cowboy or cowgirl.
Eavesdrop on Jesse Chisholm and Tex in our Campfire Theater as they tell their story about the Trail that became known as the Chisholm Trail.
Pay no mind to the ruckus in the chuckwagon!
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. Local and regional artists are on display, including the work of Oklahoma’s Harold ‘H’ T. Holden, Jerry Yarnell, and Gay Faulkenberry.