The 84th annual Osage County Cattlemen’s Convention, sponsored by the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association is scheduled from June 14-17, with a whole range of activities lined up for public enjoyment.
The first event of the long weekend is to be the ninth annual “Uncorked” kickoff party, which will be June 14. This is scheduled to take place at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile Event Center, 546 Kihekah Ave. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. There is to be an art show at 5 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets through the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce. Call the Chamber at (918) 287-1208.
At 10 a.m. June 15, there will be a trade show at the Osage County Fairgrounds, followed at noon by the Cattlemen’s Luncheon, the speaker is scheduled to be Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.
At 8 p.m. June 15 at the Fairgrounds, the OCCA will play host to a Dance Under the Stars. Music for the dance will be provided by Micky & the Motorcars. The gates for this will open at 8 p.m. and the concert is to begin at 9 p.m. Admission will be $10, and a barbecue food truck will be available. Callie Lee and Osage Outfitters will be handling the dance.
At 9 a.m. June 16, there will be a Ranch Tour of Southwest Osage County. The procession will leave from the Fairgrounds. The tour is to conclude with a barbecue lunch at Keeler’s Turkey Trak Ranch, near Fairfax. At 6 p.m., there will be a ranch rodeo.
Finally, on June 17 at the Fairgrounds, the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping is scheduled as a Fathers Day special. Admission is $10, but children 12 and under get in free. The schedule for that day begins with Cowboy Church at 9 a.m. and concludes with the headline steer-roping event at 1 p.m.
Jeanne Strom, secretary of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association, said the annual convention generally draws about 1,500 to 2,000 people to the Osage County Fairgrounds.
“It seems to be a popular thing. A lot of people from Kansas come,” Strom said, adding that she had just fielded a call from someone in Missouri. There are people who grew up in Oklahoma who come back to visit during the Cattlemen’s Convention, she said.
For more information, call Jeanne Strom at (918) 338-9495.