Chisholm Trail Festival Celebrates 30th Year at Mollie Spencer Farm
Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail Festival, slated for Saturday, October 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 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, gunfights, craft booths, chuck wagons, and the ever-popular Kids Korral. 2020 marks a special year for the festival, as it celebrates its 30th year.
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!
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Head on over to the Entertainment Stage for a day packed with exciting acts and superb music! Here is what you can expect:
The Entertainment Stage opens at 9:00 a.m. with music and karaoke. Sing your heart out and help us kick off the festival!
Wayne Cantwell takes the stage at 9:45 a.m. He is a performer and instructor of Traditional American Old Time and Celtic music by using traditional instruments such as the Fiddle, the Old-Time Clawhammer style banjo, and a Mountain Dulcimer. The music he performs is from the 19th and early 20th Century. He has been preforming in Oklahoma for over 30 years, mostly as a hobby, until 2019 when the hobby became his full-time job. His desire is to do what he can and keep American Old-Time music and its history alive.
At 11 a.m., Core Country, a musical group named for being country to the CORE, performs. This band 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.
Oklahoma City band, Casey & Minna, deliver a happy folk and fiddle style with strong rhythms, pretty melodies and a splash of singing at 1:30 p.m. 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.
Wayne Cantwell returns for an encore performance at 2:45 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. Mystery Dates Band take the stage. Featured in Modern Bride Magazine as one of the nation’s top 100 wedding bands, Mystery Dates promises to deliver a fun evening that all musical tastes can enjoy. You’ll want to bring your dancing shoes, because this pop trio has been known to play songs great for dancing!
The stage is yours, starting at 5 p.m. Get your belting voice ready and head on up for some karaoke!
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 “boot beer floats” in a cowboy mug. Gunfighters stroll the town site and promise to get rowdy from time to time.
The General Store has penny candy and other goodies like wooden flutes and whistles! Nellie’s 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 and the 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 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.
Come experience the original food truck! Chuckwagon chefs will be demonstrating cattle drive cooking. For health and safety reasons, food service and tasting will not be available this year.
The City of Yukon would like to urge the public to practice health safety precautions while enjoying the festivities. These include:
- Sanitizing hands frequently: sanitizing stations are set up throughout the festival grounds. Please be sure to take advantage of them and keep your hands clean.
- Wearing a mask: you will see staff members wearing masks, and it is strongly encouraged for festivalgoers to wear one as well. Forget your mask? Staff members have special Chisholm Trail bandanas to hand out, free of charge, while supplies last. Not only does wearing a mask protect others, but it protects you as well!
- Practicing social distancing: attendees are asked to observe the six-foot social distancing protocol recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
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; Maguire O'Hara Construction; Oklahoma Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services; Ingram, Smith and Turner Mortuary; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital; BancFirst; Spanish Cove Retirement Village; and YNB.
The Chisholm Trail Festival is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-350-8937.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.