Howdy, partner! Jared here!
The summer is full of fun holidays like the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day, but there is one day that falls in the middle of July that is often over looked. It is a day dedicated to “preserving America’s cowboy heritage and culture.” You guessed it! It’s the National Day of the Cowboy and it’s this Saturday!
The era of the American cowboy began after the Civil War in the middle of Texas. Because there weren’t airplanes or cars in the 1860s, the cowboys would herd the cattle from Texas through Oklahoma ending in to Kansas. Hundreds of cattle drives happened between 1866 and 1890, traveling 520 miles straight through the heart of Oklahoma. The Chisholm Trail was one of the most important trails for these cowboys, and today, 150 years later, people can still see the trail in some spots from the aerial views.
The cowboy is hardworking, respectful, responsible and always willing to lend a helping hand. He is brave, tough and never quits. I think the cowboy spirit lives on in the Oklahoma spirit and the great people who live in Chickasaw Country. So grab your cowboy hat and boots because it’s time to celebrate this weekend!
The fun starts at 9 a.m. at the Waurika Rock Island Depot on Saturday! They are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with games and exhibits. There will be an antique tractor parade, live music and tons of food!
You can stop by the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan for FREE indoor fun! The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with face painting, live music, and a game room for children.
After all that fun, swing by the Gene Autry Museum in Gene Autry, Oklahoma Saturday evening for the Little Farther West concert starting at 7 p.m. It will be the perfect place to listen to some great classic country!
If you are looking for some cowboy gear stop by Steppin’ Out Western Wear in Pauls Valley! They have everything you need for your cowboy attire!
I will be out and about celebrating the National Day of the Cowboy, follow along with him this Saturday and be sure to share your family ranch and western photos with us using #RouteCC on social media. I can’t wait to see you this weekend enjoying the National Day of the Cowboy with us!