The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Museum was full of people during its Chisholm Trail Stampede celebration Saturday.

The parking lot was full, and people began to park on the side of the parking lot driveway.

Beverly Easton, museum bookkeeper, said, “We’ve had a pretty good turn out. I heard some people talking about how soccer games were canceled. I think sporting events being canceled has something to do with the turn out.”

The museum had many activities, which seemed to draw attention to the museum, most noticeably the cattle drive in front.

Mike Smith was one of several cattle ranchers directing 11 longhorns from behind the Simmons Center to just past the museum.

“It’s pretty impressive for kids to see these things,” Smith said. “I think it’s good for the museum.”

Among the other activities in the museum, there was a fur trapper, a blacksmith, a man doing rope tricks, a woman making butter and an art show.

Kianna Carnes said she brought her children to the museum because she thought they would enjoy it.

“We just thought it would be fun to take the kids to it and have a nice day out,” Carnes said. “We just wanted to be able to take the kids to see the extra things and to get in on the hands-on stuff.”

Mary Ann Kelsey of Ag in the Classroom led one of the hands-on activities by getting kids to make butter.

“We’re making butter the way they did back on the old Chisholm Trail by shaking it,” Kelsey said.

Along with the hands-on experience, she also taught the children about the butter, including how it was made from the cream or the fat part of the milk.

She also told them what made butter yellow.

“The yellowness of the butter depends on what the cow ate,” Kelsey said. “It’s the carotene in the grass.”

The hands-on activities also drew attention to the Western Heritage Invitational Art Show, which was also in the museum.

Colleen Robinson, art show chairwoman, said the activities did help bring people in to look at the art.

“There are some people who come just for the show,” Robinson said. “But I think the activities helped bring people in too.”

The show was put on by the Duncan Art Guild, and Robinson said the show was one of the best they had ever had.

“We’ve had a lot of people come in that wouldn’t normally look at art,” Robinson said. “It’s great to see their reactions.”

Pat Adams, art show co-chairwoman, said the show had a great turn out, but she thought the turn out would have been better if the weather was better.

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