Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival, slated for Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd. in Yukon.
Admission is FREE!
One of Yukon's biggest festivals, the Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival celebrates the western history of the famous Chisholm Trail with a fun Cajun flair. The festival is filled with living history re-enactors of the Old West, authentic Cajun foods, a live Cajun
band, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish racing, pie eating contests, Civil War demonstrations, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Korral, pony rides, and a petting zoo. There are plenty of things to do for the whole family!
The Mollie Spencer Farm is located just minutes from Oklahoma City, 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!
CAJUN FOOD…AND MORE!
To add some spice to the event, 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 a freshly prepared authentic crawfish boil and jambalaya, prepared by NOLA Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy”Davis. 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.
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.
LIVE MUSIC & DANCING
The live entertainment starts early with Ballet Folclórico Xochipilli, OKC Mexican Folkloric Dancers, at 9:00 a.m. Jumpsuit Jamey & the Can’t Wait to Playboys present live Cajun/Zydeco music from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the northern side of the festival grounds. Free Cajun dance lessons are offered at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. in front of the stage. Then, stick around for Jason Young Band, back by popular demand, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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, 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.
Blacksmiths, settlers, Civil War camps, 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. Activities 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. Returning to the Kids Korral this year are cow milking contests at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., where kids milk a pretend cow and see who can fill up their pail first!
CONTESTS AND RACES
If competition is more your style, then the Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival has three opportunities to show off your skills. Save up your appetite for the Pie Eating Contest at 1 p.m. Test your luck and try to pick out the fastest crawfish during the Crawfish Races at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Or see if you’re the quickest at the Sack Races at noon.
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. Get a glimpse of the past with the Civil War Demonstration at 3 p.m.
The City of Yukon and the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society are proud to partner together to host the Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival. Sponsors are Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Smith and Turner Mortuary, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, BancFirst, Spanish Cove Retirement Village, Maguire O'Hara Construction, Fairfield Inn & Suites and YNB.
The Chisholm Trail and Crawfish 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.govor call 405-354-8442.