Yukon Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Festival
YUKON CHISHOLM TRAIL & CRAWFISH FESTIVAL JUNE 4
The Old West Comes to Life with Cajun Flair!
Mark your calendar for the annual Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Festival, slated for Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd. in Yukon. Admission is FREE!
The family-oriented event 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 Kreative Korral, pony rides, petting zoo, and goat grab.
The Kirkpatrick Family 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 and the Canadian Valley Technology Center, off of Garth Brooks Blvd. and Vandament Ave. Cattle traveling along the Chisholm Trail regularly crossed the Kirkpatrick property, making it the perfect location to experience this step back in time!
To celebrate the Louisiana Purchase, which includes Yukon, Cajun-inspired dishes will be served along with traditional festival foods. NOLA Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy” Davis offers a menu of freshly prepared authentic crawfish and jambalaya.
WILD WEST SHOWS
America’s Favorite Wild West Show led by Buffalo Bill and the Cowboy & Indian Congress will be presented at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Presented by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theater, the show celebrates 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, whip cracking, steer riding and trick horses.
Jumpsuit Jamey & the Can’t Wait to Playboys presents live Cajun/Zydeco music from noon to 4:00 p.m. on the northern side of the festival grounds. Free Cajun dance lessons are offered at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3 p.m. in front of the stage.
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, 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 Kirkpatrick property 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. A half scale model of an 1892 Altman Canton Monitor Steam Engine will be on display for all ages to enjoy.
KIDS KREATIVE KORRAL
Little cowpokes and cowgirls will love the Kids Kreative 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, panning for gold, a western cowpokes shoot out with cap guns, cowboy dress-up, a barn cut out, and rodeo bounces. Pony rides and a petting zoo will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Returning to the Kids Kreative Korral this year are cow milking contests, where kids milk a pretend cow and see who can fill up their pail first, and the ‘Down on the Farm Barn’ family photo cutout.
CONTESTS AND RACES
Pie Eating Contest at 1 p.m.
Crawfish Races 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Goat Grab 10:30 a.m., Noon, and 3:30 p.m.
Gunfighters at 10 a.m., Noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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 & Crawfish Festival. Sponsors are Kirkpatrick Family Farm, BancFirst, Spanish Cove Retirement Village, Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, YNB Yukon National Bank, and Maguire O’Hara Construction.
The Chisholm Trail & 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.cityofyukonok.gov or call 405-354-8442.