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Cowboy Tailgating: Kingfisher Tailgate

When a bunch with roots to Kingfisher County decided they needed to set up a proper tailgate, the decision to turn to Bart Towne, OSU Class of 1985, was easy as 1-2-3.
Dave Cathey Modified: August 22, 2011 at 11:07 am •  Published: October 23, 2010

When a bunch with roots to Kingfisher County decided they needed to set up a proper tailgate, the decision to turn to Bart Towne, OSU Class of 1985, was easy as 1-2-3.

1. Bart lives in Stillwater working as a power lineman, which means he’s able to reserve a plumb spot in advance of game day.

"I'll put up tents as early as Wednesday," he said.

2. Bart can really cook. It’s no surprise when you learn that he grew up in the restaurant business, his grandmother running the Cattleman’s Cafe in Kingfisher for years. And then there’s the fact that he’s been the go-to food provider for the Tumbleweed’s big events, including the annual Calf Fry.

3. He’s pretty handy as a metal and iron fabricator. Taking a fuel tank on the verge of disposal, he turned it into a first-rate, industrial-sized smoker and mounted it on a Poke-orange trailer.

The result is a spot just southwest of the stadium for Kingfisher County’s substantial Cowboy contingent to carouse before kickoff.

The Kingfisher County tailgate was the idea of Derrick Wolf, who along with buddy Rodney Schaeffer started organizing it several years ago.

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