Eric Brown stuck his tongue out in determination Saturday afternoon as he turned a crank, watching strands of fiber twist into cords and those cords become a length of rope.
Try as he might, Eric, 2, wasn’t quite tall enough to turn the crank himself. He had to have help from his mom, Stacey Brown.
Brown and her husband, Roben, brought Eric and his older sister, Taylor, to the Oklahoma History Center’s fourth annual Cowboy Roundup. Both Eric and Taylor, 6, took part in a rope-making demonstration, made stick horses and watched several demonstrations.
Stacey Brown said it was the family’s first time at the event. She saw a notice about it online, and thought it seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday.
“It’s clean fun for the kids,” she said. “They’ve had a blast.”
Jason Harris, the center’s director of education, said the event is meant to give visitors a glimpse into Oklahoma’s cowboy heritage. Demonstrations at the event showed Dutch oven cooking, side shows and musicians. Visitors also got an up-close look at horses and longhorn cattle.
Harris said he’s been surprised by how many visitors, including those from rural Oklahoma, have never seen horses or cattle up close. The roundup is one of several free events the center holds annually to try to spark an interest in history among visitors, he said.