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What to do in Oklahoma on May 25, 2013: Check out the Chuck Wagon Gathering at the National Cowboy Museum

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 25, 2013
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 is returning to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for its 23rd year. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Archives
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 is returning to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for its 23rd year. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Archives

**MOVED INDOORS** 23rd Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival Oklahoma City, OK

Today’s featured event:

Take in the 23rd Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival, which includes children’s activities, live Western music, demonstrations and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.

This year’s event has been moved indoors due to recent and possible inclement weather.
Every possible activity will be moved into the museum building, reports The Oklahoman’s Sarah Hussain. There will be no activities on the festival grounds, which means the cancellation of the chuck wagon cooking and pony and wagon rides.

The stew meat already acquired for the event has been donated to the Regional Food Bank.

Festival pricing has been discounted to normal admission rates, and discount coupons and passes will be honored. Free parking is available in the main lot and free shuttles will run from Remington Park to the front door as the need arises.

For more information, go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

For more events, go to www.wimgo.com.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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