By Conrad Dudderar
An “egg-stra” special family tradition to celebrate Easter returns to Yukon soon – with a new twist.
“Easter On the Prairie” is back this spring in Yukon.
The can’t-miss event will be presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3 at the Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd. Easter falls on Sunday, April 4.
There will be a self-guided, COVID-friendly “egg walk” – instead of the traditional egg hunts – for children ages 1-12. The fun walk will follow those ever-so-important social distancing guidelines.
“It’s going to be a walk-through event,” said John Leonard, vice president of the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society. “We won’t have the different Easter egg group hunts like we’ve had in the past. The hunt puts people in very close quarters.
“Instead, people can come through from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3. We’ll have different stations where the kiddos can get eggs.”
More than 20,000 treat-filled eggs will be provided to the children this time around.
But that’s not all. Not by a longshot.
Yukon’s Easter On the Prairie also will feature gunfight reenactments each hour, train rides, wagon rides, photos with the Easter bunny, root beer floats, and other concessions.
“It will essentially be like everything it has been, just without the hunts being done at a certain time,” Leonard explained. “Everybody’s really excited about Easter on the Prairie being back this year.”
About 3,000 people typically attend this special Easter celebration, presented by the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society, Yukon Parks & Recreation and YNB Bank.
“The bank is our biggest sponsor because they provide all the eggs,” said Leonard, farm manager at Mollie Spencer Farm.
The Mollie Spencer Farm also hosts Yukon’s Chisholm Trail Festival.
The 31st annual festival – a celebration of the historic cattle trail – will be staged Saturday, Oct. 16.
“That is two or three times the draw (of Easter on the Prairie),” Leonard said. “Our hope is – the way things are trending and with everybody getting vaccinated – our COVID numbers will be way down by then.”
Located on the original Chisholm Trail, the Mollie Spencer Farm (formerly the Kirkpatrick Family Farm) is one of the oldest pieces of continually owned family real estate in Oklahoma.
The 33-acre property was founded in 1894 as the Spencer Homestead. The site was originally purchased Mollie Spencer. Her husband, L.M. Spencer, and her brother-in-law, A.N. Spencer, founded the town of Yukon in 1891.
Mollie Spencer was the grandmother of Oklahoma philanthropist John Kirkpatrick, and great-grandmother to his grandson Christian Keesee.
Keesee, president of the Mollie Spencer Farm’s board of directors, donated the farm in 2016 to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
The Kirkpatrick Family Fund ensures the protection of the property for public use through the nonprofit Mollie Spencer Farm, Inc.