One of the nation’s greatest family friendly festivals returns to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, May 24 and 25. The 24th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival offers food, fun and entertainment in “The Cowboy Way!” New for 2014, kids 12 and under are admitted free. The festival provides mouth-watering food, musical entertainment and opportunity tobrowse the nation's premier Western heritage museum. Headlining the stage entertainment will be balladeer Don Edwards Saturday, May 24 and acclaimed Western singer and poet Red Steagall Sunday, May 25. Other musicians and singers include Cowboy Jim Garling, R.J. Vandygriff; Kristin Killion Williams; The Flying Fiddler Wayne Cantwell; and the young men of the A Bar Bunkhouse Band with their popular Western swing sound. Other entertainers include Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, who performs a hilarious Old West Medicine Show. The festival food is fantastic! Nine chuck wagon crews from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas cook such delicious fare as stew, brisket, sourdough biscuits, beans, cobblers and rice pudding for visitors to sample. New in 2014, Luann Sewell Waters of Oklahoma will demonstrate Dutch Oven Cookin’ hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Waters has more than 25 years of experience teaching workshops and seminars across the country on wild game and Dutch oven cooking. The chuck wagons are invited to participate based upon the authenticity of their wagons and camps and ability to prepare food for thousands of guests over two days. The 2014 wagons from Oklahoma include Big Pasture Ranch from El Reno and the Cross Timbers Ranch Wagon from Mustang. Texas wagons include Prude Ranch from Fort Davis; Cocklebur Camp Chuck Wagon from Odessa; the Cross Wagon from Vega; the Honey Do Spoiler Wagon from Pampa; the J Bar D Ranch Wagon from Amarillo; and the Croton Creek Association
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