Photo Gallery: The Chuckwagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival 12/12

Coleman Bixler's head is nearly swallowed up by this oversized hat he wears while beating a drum after being selected from the audience to come on stage to assist Dr. H. P. Hedgethicket, III, Esq. during the professor's Old West Medicine Show. Bixler, 8, of Piedmont was given the hat and large coat to wear while he banged on a drum as Hedgethicket was concocting a scheme to make it rain.  Hedgethicket, who bills himself as "Miracle Worker Extraordinaire" is played by George Hopkins of Oklahoma City. Hopkins has brought the character to life for the past 22 years, performing at the Children's Cowboy Festival since the event's premiere. The Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival returned to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for its 22nd year. Boys and girls dressed in cowboy duds came to the grounds to enjoy and participate in  pony rides,  authentic chuck wagons, Dutch oven cooking, delicious foods cooked over an open fire, stagecoach rides, rope-making,  face-painting, storytelling, musical entertainment  and a Medicine Show are some of the featured attractions at this year's event on Saturday, May 26, 2012,  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman