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Chisholm Trail Festival
Date & Location
Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail Festival, slated for October at Mollie Spencer Farm, located at:
1001 Garth Brooks Boulevard
Yukon, OK 73099
Admission is free!
The Mollie Spencer Farm is located one half-mile north of Interstate 40, exit 136, which is Garth Brooks Boulevard 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!
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.
Live Music and Entertainment
Head on over to the Entertainment Stage for a day packed with exciting acts and superb music! It opens at 10 am and continues throughout the festival until 5 pm. The band Overdrive will kick things off at 10 am, followed by Core Country at noon and Casey and Minna at 2 pm.
Living History Reenacted
The 1st Infantry Division Commanding General's 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 pm and 4 pm. Between demonstrations, you can find them at their encampment.
A western-themed old 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 samplings 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!
Little cowpokes and cowgirls love the Kids Korral, a special area on the grounds designed especially for children's entertainment, from 10 am to 6 pm. 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 am to 4 pm.
The Maguire O'Hara Pumpkin Patch provides a 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 am to 5 pm. 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:
- Ingram, Smith, and Turner Mortuary
- Integris Canadian Valley Hospital and BancFirst
- Kirkpatrick Family Fund
- Kirkpatrick Oil
- Maguire O'Hara Construction
- National Endowment for the Arts
- The Oklahoma Arts Council
- Yanda and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Oklahoma Arts Council
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 on the Oklahoma Arts Council website.
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 the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society website or call 405-350-8937.