National Day of the Cowboy set for Saturday

National Day of the Cowboy set for Saturday

DUNCAN, Okla._The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan is preparing for Saturday's celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy.

There will be live music and plenty of things for the kids to do as well through all kinds of exhibits and displays that tell the history of the Old West, and the cowboys who lived it.

This year, executive director Stacy Cramer Moore says it's about the singing cowboy. She says today's country music all comes from the roots of the cowboys riding along the Chisholm Trail.

The cattle would stampede, they were wild, rustled up in Texas and maybe never saw a human being, and the cowboys would sing and that would sooth them," Moore explained.

Music –like bluegrass, spiritual, whatever they knew— Cramer Moore says was a huge part of cowboy culture.

"It was a real thing, a necessity on the Chisholm Trail," Cramer Moore said.

Last year, more than 800 people attended the National Day of the Cowboy. Cramer Moore says they have doubled each year and hopes to reach up to 1,000 visitors this year.

"It's a lot of work you know, but we love having the people come in and just celebrating the Chisholm Trail, the cowboy, that's what we are here for so it's a great day for us," Cramer Moore said.

Since this year's theme is the 'Singing Cowboy,' Allen Wooten and Cowboys at Heart will be performing. Activities include face painting and storytelling. Guests will have access to the 4D theater as well as the campfire theater. The fun is for all ages, and it all begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and last until 5:00 p.m.

The event is free for everyone.

The event is funded by members of the Chisholm Trail Center. This year, a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council also helped towards Saturday's event.