National Day of the Cowboy

The CTHC will celebrate the 11th annual National Day of the Cowboy (NDOC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at the Heritage Center.

It’s time to catch that cowboy spirit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (CTHC) on July 24 when the annual National Day of the Cowboy event features “Native Americans.”

The CTHC will celebrate the 11th annual National Day of the Cowboy (NDOC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at the Heritage Center. With free admission day, there’s no charge to attend the celebration event, which in years past has brought in more than 1,000 visitors.

According to a recent release, The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has indoor activities planned for this year’s NDOC celebration that recognizes and highlights the hardworking symbol of the American West; the cowboy. 

The schedule includes art projects for kids, live music and exhibits.

Live music throughout the festivities will include entertainment from the Cowboy Opry Band with Allen Wooten, Gaylon Blankenship, and Dedra Frye.

According to a release, Tina Hawkins, an Oklahoma children’s author, will be there reading with her two dogs, Bella and Stella. Hawkins will have copies of her books available to purchase and her readings will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

A children’s art project will be available, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Other notable guests and artist displays include Mike Buchanan, author, who will make an appearance to sell and sign his book, “Cross Timbers.” A display of Joe Don Brave’s art exhibit “Osage Journey” is also ongoing and Bethany Barley, president of National Day of the Cowboy Organization will make an appearance. Katey Jo Gordon, winner of Ultimate Cowboy will also make an appearance from 10 a.m. to noon and Hawk Hill Farms Petting Zoo will be at the heritage center from noon to 2 p.m. 

Guests can experience the 4D Theater, Campfire Theater, the Garis Gallery of the American West, as well as rope a longhorn, ride a buckin’ bronc, catch a cattle stampede and cool off in a summer thunderstorm of the Oklahoma Prairie, including all exhibits and activities for the free admission day.

According to the Heritage Center, they’ve added several new activities to this year’s National Day of the Cowboy event. 

A release stated, “Since the first celebration in 2010, this local event has grown, attracting many visitors, many from out of the area. It has become a much-anticipated event for local families.”

Event activities will be available at the heritage center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and are designed with an array of times for attending and enjoying everything planned for the day for every member of the family.

The NDOC is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s new hours are Tuesday — Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CTHC is located at 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan. 

For more information, call 580-252-6692, visit https://onthechisholmtrail.com or find Chisholm Trail Heritage Center on Facebook.

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