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History comes alive in Kingfisher

Kingfisher will be the site of Living History Days on Friday and Saturday.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: May 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm •  Published: May 7, 2013
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— The sights and sounds of years past will come alive this weekend as Kingfisher celebrates Living History Days.

The event is coordinated by the Chisholm Trail Museum and will feature activities including a re-enactment of the Underhill Gang's 1933 robbery of the People's National Bank and re-enactors portraying Annie Oakley and Frank Butler.

Living History Days will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 605 Zellers Ave. Admission is $2 for children and $4 for adults.

The bank robbery re-enactment, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, is always a crowd favorite.

“It's very realistic,” Chisholm Trail Museum Director Adam Lynn said. “They're dressed in actual attire of that era. They have Tommy guns. A lot of kids enjoy it because it's loud and fun.”

The event's aim is to highlight regional and local history, with a few twists. This year there will be a re-enactor portraying a World War I soldier and also a petting zoo.

There will be cowboy art and poetry, a medicine man re-enactor, a gunfight and portrayals of the Oklahoma Kid and Buffalo Bill.

Also planned is live music. Food will be available from several vendors.

The 2012 event attracted several thousand people to Kingfisher.

“This is our biggest event of the year, and we hope people come out for it,” Lynn said. “It's a great way to spend an afternoon learning a little bit about history in a fun and interactive way.”