Visit the Osage

If you’re looking for country & western; cowboys & cattle; or buckles & spurs then head your pickup towards Osage County the week of June 11th through June 16th because there’s a Big Western Shindig going down in the Osage!

It will all kick off with the invitational soft opening of the newest attraction in the county – the Ben Johnson Cowboy Museum on 6th Street in Pawhuska. Buck Taylor and Pake McIntire are on the guest list to be on hand that evening to kick off the week’s events. The official grand opening will be the following day and the doors will be opened to the public. This amazing museum is filled with items from famous western movie actor, Ben “Son” Johnson, who was a Pawhuska native. Many other cowboy and rodeo greats from Osage County are also featured in exhibits throughout the museum.

The evening of June 13th will set the mood for the rest of the week with an evening of dining and dancing at the Pioneer Woman Event Center during the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, “Uncorked.” For ticket information, contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208.

On June 14th, the Buddy Hartness Memorial Steer Roping will take place at the Osage County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 am. Come out and watch seasoned ropers shake out their loops and slap them on a set of horns. For more information contact Rod Hartness at 918-671-1092.

Also on the 14th is the Osage County Cattlemen’s Trade Show at the Osage County Fairgrounds beginning at 10 am. At 8 pm that evening, the OCCA will also be hosting a Western Dance Under the Stars at the Fairgrounds to the music of the Rick Cook Band.

Then on Saturday, June 15th will be the Osage County Ranch Tour which is an annual event hosted by the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association. The southeastern part of Osage County is the destination this year. Pickups line up for miles to enter and cross through host ranches to see cowboys “holding herd” for the tour while the owner or ranch foreman tells stories on the radio about their history, hands, and genetics as the tour passes through. It all ends at the Windmill ranch this year, where a lunch will be served.

Then that evening, make plans to attend the OCCA Ranch Rodeo at the Osage County Fairgrounds. Tickets for all OCCA events are available by contacting Jeanne Strom at 918-287-4170.

Then on Father’s Day at 9 am at the Osage County Fairgrounds, there will be a Cowboy Church service followed by a Dummy Roping for the kids at 10 am.

That afternoon at 1 pm is the topper to the weekend – — the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping. Top notch steer ropers descend upon Osage County like bees to honey. They come to meet, greet, and compete. The organizers of this event start it off with a patriotic bang with a parachute flag drop and keep the entertainment going with an exotic animal race on Osage Downs. If you have never seen a camel race or an ostrich race – this is your chance!

Treat Dad on his special day, grab the kids and the smiles, and come on out to the Osage and spend a few days with us as we keep it wild and western for you. For more information on events and lodging, download our free “Visit the Osage” app from the App Store or go to www.VisitTheOsage.com.

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Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.