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One of the nation’s greatest family friendly festivals is back at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Celebrate the 22nd Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival, May 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sure to be one of the hottest activities for 2012 are “Hank in Concert” presentations by John R. Erickson, author of the popular Hank The Cowdog book series. During special Saturday-only appearances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Erickson will meet the public in the air-conditioned comfort of the Burk Burnett Board Room. Hank The Cowdog books and merchandise will be available to purchase.

The 2012 festival includes the return of Sourdough Slim, an entertainer who last appeared in 2006. Oklahoma’s Marna Davis will perform Annie Oakley sharpshooting reenactments. Ag in the Classroom will offer activities like butter making, and guests can enjoy face painting (Sunday only). Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including pony rides, rope making, bandana designing, horseshoe pitchin’, crafts and more.

The food is fantastic! Ten chuck wagon crews cook such delicious fare as stew, sourdough biscuits, beans, and cobbler for visitors to sample. Demonstration recipes are free to the audience.

Western musical entertainment is scheduled on two separate stages. Featured entertainers include Don Edwards on Saturday and Red Steagall on Sunday. Other festival entertainers include Oklahoma Flyin’ Fiddler Wayne Cantwell, cowboy singer Jim Garling, and working cowboy singer/songwriter Gary S. Pratt and Picketwire.

Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will hawk his many “remedies and cures” during a hilarious Old West Medicine Show. Oreo, the famous longhorn steer will be available for pictures with children. One of the best bargains of the day is the chance to visit the Museum’s fascinating galleries that tell the story of the West.

Kimray Inc. is a new presenting sponsor, joining the Dogwood Foundation. Other Major Event sponsors include The Oklahoman, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Oklahoma Convention & Visitors Bureau and Shawnee Milling Company. Museum Partners are Devon Energy Corp., Chesapeake Energy Corp. and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation.

Chuck Wagon activities, along with tasting samples and Museum admission, are included in the price of festival admission: adults $18; students with I.D. $15; seniors 62 and above $15; children 4-12 $6. Children three and under are admitted free, as are members of the Museum. Two-day passes and memberships are available for purchase. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum remains open until 5:00 p.m. No discounts or coupons will be redeemable during the festival.

Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. For more information about the Museum or for a calendar of events, visit or call (405) 478-2250.

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