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Chisholm Trail Festival
Mollie Spencer Farm
Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail
Festival, slated for Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. at the Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 Garth
Brooks Blvd. in Yukon. Admission is FREE!
The family-oriented event celebrates the western history of the famous Chisholm Trail. The festival is filled with living history re-enactors of the Old West, a variety food trucks, contests, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Korral, pony rides, and a petting zoo. NEW this year, a Chuck Wagon Tasting has been added, as well as a full day of on stage live entertainment!
The Mollie Spencer Farm is located one half-mile north of Interstate 40, exit 136, which is Garth Brooks Blvd. Free parking is available on the north side of the festival property at Yukon Middle School. Cattle traveling along the Chisholm Trail regularly crossed the Mollie Spencer Farm, making it the perfect location to experience this step back in time!
Come experience the original food truck! A Chuckwagon tasting is coming to Yukon’s Chisholm Trail Festival, slated for Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 S. Garth Brooks Blvd.
Six wagons from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas will gather in Yukon for the Chisholm Trail Festival to demonstrate cattle drive cooking. Visitors can purchase bracelets at the event for unlimited tasting of cattle trail favorites such as beans, biscuits, cobbler, and rice pudding. This year’s wagons include Little Dixie from Choctaw, OK; Cross Timbers from Yukon, OK; 4C from Yukon, OK; Big Pasture from El Reno, OK; Rafter JB from Cambridge, KS; and Honey-Do Spoiler from Pampa, TX. Each wagon will demonstrate Dutch Oven cooking throughout the day. Bracelets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Head on over to the Entertainment Stage for a day packed with exciting acts and superb music! Here’s the lineup:
DJ Chance Yardley with Clarity Professional Entertainment Services kicks things off with festive music and a few special guests at 9:00 a.m., then returns at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for karaoke. His mission is to provide crisp, clear, high quality sound, service and vocals, so that others can enjoy the thrill of singing or dancing to music through a high quality system. Chance will make sure the sound is right for everyone to sound the best that they possibly can.
Marty Tipton, aka the Oklahoma Kid, takes the stage at 9:30 a.m. The Oklahoma Kid is an all-around live entertainer, with his charismatic humor and lasso spinning performance. Always popular, this modern day western entertainer with over 25 years of experience offers something for everyone with his uncanny ability to humor audiences while performing amazing lasso spinning stunts with ropes up to 100 feet long! After his morning performance, the Oklahoma Kid will return to the entertainment stage at 4:00 p.m. for another show.
At 10:00 a.m. Ballet Folclórico Xochipilli performs traditional dances from Mexico. They are sure to captivate audiences with their spirited performances and colorful costumes!
Live music takes over at 11:00 a.m. with Yukon resident, Joe Boucherie. He began his performing career in his native Los Angeles. After performing with groups around Los Angeles, Joe chose to move to Oklahoma to be near family. His musical repertoire includes songs everyone will recognize, singing songs from the 1940s-1970s, both Pop and Classic Country.
Core Country entertains with traditional Country music at noon. Core Country, a musical group named for being country to the CORE, was founded by Ken Collins, who you may recognize from acting in and directing most Jude & Jody TV shows and all Bob Mills TV shows. Core Country features lead singer Jeff Sibble, accompanied by Gary Weathers on bass guitar and vocals, Gary Howe on fiddle/vocals, Steven Sheffield on drums, and Ken Collins on pedal steel guitar.
At 2:00 p.m., music is brought by Travis Wackerly and Honey Creek Pass. You may have seen them at the Falls Creek Baptist Convention Center during church camp, on live television performances, at private parties for major corporations and on the cover of both of the Oklahoma Bluegrass Newsletters, to name a few. So, if you’re in the mood for some toe tappin’ fiddle tunes, new bluegrass, old traditional bluegrass or some gospel bluegrass, then Travis Wackerly and Honey Creek Pass will be sure to please your musical cravings.
Casey & Minna join the festivities and perform folk music at 3:00 p.m. Oklahoma City band, Casey & Minna, deliver a happy folk and fiddle style with strong rhythms, pretty melodies and a splash of singing. In 2015, Casey & Minna became a family band with the fantastic addition of thirteen year old son, August, on tin whistle (when he’s not in school.) They play folk tunes from around the world and home, plus contemporary pop, oldies, and original music.
WILD WEST SHOWS
America’s Favorite Wild West Show led by Buffalo Bill and the Cowboy & Indian Congress is presented at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Presented by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater, the show celebrates over twenty years of performing across the United States. Oklahoma native Kent Shelton portrays Buffalo Bill and performs alongside a colorful cast of Old West characters on horseback and on the grounds. Included in the show will be trick roping, fire breathing, whip cracking, steer riding and trick horses.
LIVING HISTORY REENACTED
A western-themed olde town, located on the southern side of the festival grounds, provides an interesting backdrop for historical re-enactments of life in the 19th century. This site includes a livery stable, featuring “Horsing Around Oklahoma,” presented by Doug Sauter and Express Ranch Clydesdales, and a saloon serving root beer floats in a cowboy mug. Gunfighters stroll the town site and promise to “get rowdy” from time to time.
Sheriff Hoppy rules the jail and is seeking “Deputies” all day long! The General Store has penny candy and other goodies like wooden flutes and whistles! Nellies is open for business with a variety of foods, and the red school house is in session at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.! Stop into Parker Station to learn more about Chisholm Trail History, along with history of the Mollie Spencer Farm, which was owned by L.M. Spencer, one of Yukon’s founders.
At the camp, Blacksmiths, settlers, wagons and more await your visit. Cowboy and Mountain Men camps welcome all questions! The Oklahoma Self Bow Society will teach you to make your own primitive bow and arrows and flint knapping.
Little cowpokes and cowgirls will love the Kids Korral, a special area on the grounds designed especially for children’s entertainment, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Included are free rides on the ‘Yukon’s Best Express,’ a prairie potting shed, prairie make-and-take crafts, and panning for gold. Pony rides and a petting zoo are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CONTESTS AND RACES
If competition is more your style, then the Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival has three opportunities to show off your skills. Three different contests are slated for 11 a.m. – a Cow Milking Contest, Crawfish Race, and the Cowboy Olympics. If you miss the 11 a.m. contests, all three will be held again at 2 p.m. Save up your appetite for the Pie Eating Contest and Junior Pie Eating Contest at 1 p.m.
Take a step back in time with historic demonstrations! Gunfighters give thrilling performances at 10 a.m., Noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The City of Yukon and the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society are proud to partner together to host the Chisholm Trail Festival. Sponsors are Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Smith and Turner Mortuary, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, BancFirst, Spanish Cove Retirement Village, Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, YNB, and Maguire O’Hara Construction.
Cajun-inspired dishes are served, along with traditional festival foods. As you make your way through the wooded entrance of the festival grounds, you will be greeted with the savory, spicy aroma of freshly prepared authentic crawfish and jambalaya, prepared by 2 Cajuns Express. For those who love fair food favorites, a variety of food trucks will be on hand to tickle your taste buds. All food vendors open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.