National Day of the Cowboy
Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy 2020 with us, Saturday, July 25. 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.
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 2018, will return for this year’s celebration. She is author of “Grady’s in the Silo” which is based on a true story of Grady the cow who was 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.
There will be new activities added to this year’s National Day of the Cowboy celebration.
Since the first official holiday celebration in 2010, this 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 has become a much-anticipated event for area families. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center was awarded a Cowboy Keeper Award in 2016.
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 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 art project will be available, made possible with funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
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 about life as a cowboy or cowgirl.
Eavesdrop on Jesse Chisholm and Tex in our Campfire Theater as they tell their story about how the trail was designated 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.
2019 Special Guests were:
*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.”
*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.”
*Pauline Asbury, owner of Habasketry in Oklahoma City, demonstrated basket weaving and selling her baskets. “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.
Una Belle Townsend, and cowboy cartoonist, Daryl Talbot, and of course the Cowboys at Heart band.