Living History Days return to Kingfisher

Gunfights, bank robbery re-enactments and butter churning demonstrations will be featured at the Living History Days celebration in Kingfisher.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: April 11, 2012
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— Kingfisher will be the site of a bank robbery this weekend, only this one isn't against the law.

The bank robbery re-enactment featuring the Underhill Gang is part of Kingfisher's Living History Days, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Chisholm Trail Museum.

Activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be re-enactors representing the Civil War, American Indians and cowboys, museum director Adam Lynn said.

A highlight will be the re-enactment of the August 1933 robbery of the People's National Bank in Kingfisher by the Underhill Gang, a group that robbed numerous banks in the region during the Great Depression. The re-enactments are scheduled for 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

“It's a lot of fun for people to see the re-enactors come out,” Lynn said. “It gives them a little better idea what it might have been like to live in the mid-1800s all the way up to more modern times, and it's a really good show. We think people will really enjoy the bank robbery.”

Arts and crafts demonstrations will be offered along with a variety of food vendors. There will be trick roping demonstrations from The Oklahoma Kid and poetry from cowboy poet Daryl “Bullet” Bullard.

“There really is a little something for everyone,” Lynn said. “From butter churning to gunfights, we have a lot of things going on that should be interesting for people to watch.”

Admission is $2 for ages 6 to 18 and $4 for adults. Children 5 and younger get in free. The museum is at 605 Zellers Ave. For more information call 375-5176.