One of the nation’s greatest family friendly festivals is back at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Celebrate the 23rd Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival, May 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sure to be popular in 2013 is Grady Spears, cowboy cook restaurateur and author of A Cowboy in the Kitchen and other cookbooks. Spears will present cooking demonstrations daily. New on the schedule are representatives of Rodeo Opry, a Cherokee storyteller and cowboy church on Sunday.
Ag in the Classroom will offer activities like butter making, and children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including rope making, bandana designing, horseshoe pitchin’, crafts and more. Square dancing demonstrations are held in the air-conditioned comfort of the Museum.
The food is fantastic! 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, working cowboy singer/songwriter Gary S. Pratt and the Western swing group A-Bar Bunkhouse Band.
Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will hawk his many “remedies and cures” during a hilarious Old West Medicine Show. 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. Guests should certainly tour the renovated major art galleries including the William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West Gallery and see the Prix de West Collection in its new location.
The presenting sponsor is Dogwood Foundation. Major Event sponsors include Kimray Inc., Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Shawnee Milling Company and The Oklahoman. 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, call (405) 478-2250 or
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