Sesquicentennial

Express Ranch hosts 150th birthday party for Chisholm Trail

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Express Ranch will host a free celebration in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

The historic festival will be held at Express Ranches, 2202 N. 11th Street in Yukon on Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Food trucks, hands-on learning opportunities, live music and family friendly games will be available during the event.

Educational demonstrations will begin at 10:30 a.m. and are sponsored by town along the Chisholm Trail. Participating cities include Duncan, Ft. Reno, Enid, Kingfisher, Chickasha, Tuttle, Yukon, Concho, and more. A geographically authentic mini-version of the trail will be set up near Yukon where Oklahoma cities actually create their own stations to highlight their city’s Chisholm Trail history and provide activities for the children.

Trail riders will ride in period costume accompanied by the Express Clydesdale horses. Riders will include former governors, civic leaders, Oklahoma ranchers, mounted law enforcement, western celebrities, and horsemen and women who want to relive the experience of the Chisholm trail.

Live performances on stage will not be limited to musicians and vocalists. Story tellers will share the history of the Chisholm trail in addition to university bands and theatre performances from the Lyric Theatre.

Express Ranches owner, Bob Funk said everyone is welcome to enjoy the celebration that is meaningful to many.

“The Express team and the Funk Family are delighted to help celebrate this milestone anniversary of the historic Chisholm Trail,” he said. “From the first few cattle ‘headed north to Abilene’ followed by millions of head of cattle traveling the expanded route, we appreciate the significance of the Chisholm Trail being the largest man-made migration of animals in history. We hope all individuals value and appreciate our Country’s Western heritage and encourage them to visit Chisholm Trail cultural centers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.”

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