Yukon festival celebrates Old West

Living history, reenactments, entertainment and more along Chisholm Trail

Kain Mullings, 10, participates in the pumpkin chunkin’ event during the Oct. 14th Chisholm Trail Festival by launching his pumpkin across the grassy field at the Mollie Spencer Farm. Kain gets help from Yukon Parks & Recreation aide Jacob Gruzewski.

Living history, live entertainment and much more were featured during the annual Chisholm Trail Festival on Oct. 14 at Mollie Spencer Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd. in Yukon.

The family-oriented event celebrated the western history of the famous Chisholm Trail.

The festival was filled with living history Old West re-enactments of life in the 19th century, gunfights, craft booths, chuck wagons, food trucks, kids korral, and pumpkin patch; along with pie-eating and karaoke contests.

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 Chisholm Trail Festival was co-hosted by the City of Yukon and the Chisholm Trail Historical Preservation Society.

Barber Chuck Naifeh of Carwin’s Shave Shop and Haberdashery gives gunfighter Robbie Rattan an authentic cowboy shave in his barbershop tent at the festival. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Bread and Butter band members David Bruster (left) on guitar and Chris Crovella on banjo give the crowd a taste of their musical stylings with the popular bluegrass song, “Pig in a Pen.” (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Ava Mask, 1, excitedly runs around the patch trying to find the gourd or pumpkin that pleases her the most. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Nova Killman, 5, gives the roping dummy a-go with the lariat as part of the authentic wild west games provided by Yukon Parks & Recreation. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Zoetrope musical duo Brenda and Wayne Cantwell give kids a taste of the old west by singing and playing music of the 19th century. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Twins Elise and Vivian Roberts (12) and their mom, Amy, show off the pumpkins and gourds they selected from the Chisholm Trail pumpkin patch after collecting tokens from 10 different locations and cashing them in for a pumpkin or gourd. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Coachman Tom Peterson and his Percheron mares, Lil and Brook, give festivalgoers a ride around the Mollie Spencer Farm the old-fashioned way. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
Members of an equestrian group, the Canadian Valley Rangerettes, perform high-paced equestrian drills to the delight of the Chisholm Trail Festival crowd. (Photo by Cara Pattison)