Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This weekend-- Up the Chisholm Trail!

It's been extremely busy at the Museum this month. We had two events last week-- a special You Can't Do That, Dan Moody! performance in partnership with the Palace Theatre and First Friday. This week we have The Salon tonight at Wildfire. This month's speaker is Rodney Gibbs, co-founder of Fizz Factor and a game developer.

We've been spending the last few months planning for our biggest event: Up the Chisholm Trail. (

The event starts on Friday night with a kids' chuckwagon cook-off starting at 5:30 pm and live music from AC Bible at 6:30 pm. Awards for the best kids' cooked dessert will be at 8:30 pm. Friday night also honors our men and women in uniform. So, if you wear your uniform, you'll get your dessert for free! Otherwise, tickets are $3.00 each.

Saturday morning begins with a cowboy breakfast (biscuits, sausage gravy, and coffee)served at 8:00 am. Tickets for breakfast are $3.00 each. We'll have live music, western art vendors, children's activities, demonstrators, and living history groups all day, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Chuckwagon teams will serve lunch at 1:15 pm, with tickets going on sale at 8:00 am. (Tickets are $10.00 each and includes a plate lunch with meat, biscuit, beans, potatoes and dessert.) The awards ceremony is at 3:00 pm.

The longhorn cattle drive begins along the San Gabriel River around 5:00 pm. Then across the road in the WCSP Rodeo Arena, the Ranch Rodeo begins at 6:00 pm. (Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children, and can be purchased the day of the event.)

So, in the two days leading up to Up the Chisholm Trail we're plenty busy. The competition food is being delivered today, and the meat is delivered tomorrow. We've got to get the rest of the signage printed and mounted. The chuckwagons start rolling in tomorrow, and we're beginning initial set up in the park-- tents, wood, tables, etc. Friday morning, most of the wagons will arrive early to be set up by noon-ish in preparation for wagon judging, which begins at 1:00 pm.

If you're free this weekend, stop by and see us!

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