National Day of the Cowboy
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Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy 2020 with us!
Duncan’s Original FREE National Day of the Cowboy celebration will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020. 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!
Duncan’s original FREE National Day of the Cowboy celebration began at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in 2010. Since that first official holiday celebration, the local event continues to grow, attracting upwards and even more than 1,000 visitors on this one day – many from out of the area. It also has become a much-anticipated event for area families.
*UPDATE – Our 2019 National Day of the Cowboy attracted an estimated 1,300 visitors. From infants to at least 93 years young, it was a full house all day! Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the day a success.
Live music featured Allen Wooten, Gaylon Blankenship and Dedra Frye, who are the “Cowboys at Heart” band, all from the Comanche Opry. Plenty of chairs were staged for our guests to sit and enjoy the music. The band is a local favorite. If you’ve heard ’em, you love ’em, if you haven’t you are in for a treat.
*Children’s games and an art project will also be available, made possible with funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council. All of the games and art are free! Even parents enjoy this.
A nationally-touring exhibit, Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild, will be available for guests to explore. This is the final weekend to see this exhibit, which closes July 28th! Explore the significance of the bison – from pre-history to their relationship with the Plains Indians, their near extinction and current iconic status.
Also on the schedule:
*Oklahoma Author & Journalist, Kristi Eaton of Tulsa: “The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from Every County.” “I’ve cartwheeled in China, stared down bison in South Dakota and gotten lost in Samoa. All for the story, of course. I enjoy sharing them almost as much as I love finding them.” Meet Kristi to hear her adventurous stories, from Oklahoma to around the world! She will have copies of her book to purchase and autograph.
*James & Sandy Stepp, bison ranchers from Wichita Buffalo Co. at Sandy Springs Farm in Hinton. They will share a few adventurous bison ranching stories throughout the day with guests. Sample an assortment of bison jerky, bison recipes and other bison related products. Discuss today’s bison herd management with the Stepps!
*Paintings by Nocona, Texas artist, Larry G. Lemons in the exhibit “A Texas State of Mind” July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019. “Underneath all those colorful and whimsical images that I paint and draw is a message of freedom, courage, endurance, faith, loyalty, bravery, belong, humor, tradition and the “true grit” that has allowed our country to survive and prosper against all odds.” His work is available to purchase.
*Pauline Asbury, owner of Habasketry in Oklahoma City, will demonstrate basket weaving and selling her baskets on this day at the Heritage Center. “I love to make beautiful baskets, enjoy chatting with others about basketry, and teaching classes to others on how to make their own baskets.” She uses traditional and contemporary basket weaving techniques.
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. This summer, select historical bison art paintings will be featured. See how many bison you can find in our art and throughout the Heritage Center on your own “scavenger hunt!”
Also, local and regional artists are on display, including the work of Oklahoma’s Harold ‘H’ T. Holden, Jerry Yarnell and Gay Faulkenberry.
All of these activities for the entire day are happening ONLY at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
NDOC is an all-day event, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is designed so that no matter what time guests choose to attend – morning, mid-day or afternoon, they will be able to enjoy everything planned.
In 2018, our guests were:
Una Belle Townsend, an Oklahoma children’s author, who autographed her books and visited with guests. She is author of “Grady’s in the Silo” about a cow stuck in silo, and “The Oklahoma Land Run” among others, which are available in our gift shop. Also cowboy cartoonist, Daryl Talbot, was here and provided demonstrations of his sketching talents.
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