Chisholm Trail Festival October 15 at Mollie Spencer Farm - City of Yukon

Chisholm Trail Festival October 15 at Mollie Spencer Farm

Posted by City of Yukon on 09/12/2022

Woman in Colonial Dress at Chisholm Trail Festival in Yukon, OK

 

Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail Festival, slated for Saturday, October 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 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 of food trucks, gunfights, craft booths, chuck wagons, and the ever-popular Kids Korral. Back by popular demand is the 1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard.

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! It opens at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the festival until 5:00 p.m. The band Overdrive will kick things off at 10 a.m., followed by Core Country at 12 p.m. and Casey and Minna at 2 p.m. Stay up-to-date with the entertainment schedule at www.yukonok.gov/ChisholmTrailFestival.  

LIVING HISTORY REENACTED A Member of the The 1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard Performs at the Chisholm Trail Festival

The 1st Infantry Division Commanding Generals Mounted Color Guard (CGMCG) is based out of Fort Riley, Kansas. The CGMCG contributes rich heritage and tradition to military ceremonies. They have set boots in 22 countries and have 15 combat tours.

The guard, which includes nine horses, will present three demonstrations at the festival: at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Between demonstrations, you can find them at their encampment.

A western-themed olde town, located on the southern side of the festival grounds, provides an immersive 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 School House is in session all day with sa.m.plings and education from Historic Fort Reno Museum. 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!

KIDS ACTIVITIES

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, western make-and-take crafts, archery, Cow Milking and panning for gold. Fall-themed activities such as pumpkin bowling and pumpkin chunkin’ return.

Pony rides and a petting zoo are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

A child picks a pumpkin at the Maguire O’Hara Pumpkin PatchThe Maguire OHara Pumpkin Patch provides pumpkin-filled wonderland to stroll through and pick out your favorite, at no extra cost! Donations are accepted. The Pumpkin Patch will open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Earn wooden tokens by visiting a historic station or special opportunities in the kids area. These wooden tokens can be exchanged for a Pumpkin! Pumpkin decorating is also available.

ADVENTURE FOR YOUR TASTEBUDS

Come experience the original food truck! Chuckwagon chefs are demonstrating cattle drive cooking. For those craving traditional fair food, a variety of food trucks are available.

Feeling competitive? Then save up your appetite for the Pie Eating Contest, with divisions for adults and kids!

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; Kirkpatrick Oil; YNB; The Oklahoma Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services; Ingram, Smith and Turner Mortuary; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital and BancFirst.

For more information, visit www.chisholmtrail.orgwww.yukonok.gov/chisholmtrailfestival, or call 405-350-8937.

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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. 

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