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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


85th year event runs through Sunday

Remaining activities planned for the annual Cattlemen’s Convention in Pawhuska will conclude with the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping competition on Sunday, which is Fathers Day.

Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. - The Uncorked kickoff party for the Cattlemen’s Convention will be held at The Pioneer Woman Event Center. For tickets, contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at 918-287-1208.

Friday, June 14, activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a trade show at the Osage County Fairgrounds. The Hall of Fame Luncheon will be at 12 p.m. (Noon) at the Fairgrounds. Inductees this year will be two iconic figures, Lee Holcombe and Barbara Strahm.

Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, and Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, will be speakers for the luncheon.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday there will be a barbecue dinner. Then, at 8 p.m., there will be an Osage County Cattlemen’s Association Dance Under the Stars featuring the Rick Cook Band. The gate will open at 6:30 for the dance, but the event begins at 8 p.m. Cost is $10.

Saturday, June 15, at 8 a.m. at the Fairgrounds, there will be a complimentary Ranch Tour Breakfast. The Ranch Tour of Southeastern Osage County will begin at 9 a.m., when the procession will leave the Fairgrounds. The tour will conclude with a barbecue lunch at the Windmill Ranch, near Pershing. At 6 p.m. there will be a ranch rodeo at the Fairgrounds.

Sunday, June 16, events at the Fairgrounds include Cowboy Church at 9 a.m.; Kids Dummy Roping at 10 a.m.; the introduction of Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping contestants at 11 a.m.; and the annual Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping competition at 1 p.m.

For information and advance ticket purchase, call Jeanne Strom at 918-287-4170.


Festival to hold concluding concert Friday

What better venue to celebrate great music than at Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve and Museum? The OKM Music Festival is doing just that on Friday, June 14, with a concert scheduled for 5 p.m.

In the natural amphitheater near Clyde Lake the festival is ending its 35th season with a performance by Dallas Brass, one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion. Its repertoire contains patriotic music, classical, and romantic, among others.

The ever-popular Woolaroc Concert also entertains festival-goers with opening acts from the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra, led by Dr. Michael Moore. MOJO has been dazzling guests around the state by featuring Oklahoma’s best Jazz artists. Regularly performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, MOJO has become a popular hit in Oklahoma and has led to a revival of big band music. Donald Ryan, Steinway Artist and international award-winning pianist, will be collaborating with MOJO in this exciting finale concert. Ryan, an alumnus of Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, has been called a “musical kaleidoscope” for his mastery of diverse styles, and his piano playing has been featured in some of the most impressive venues in the world.

Children 5 years old and under enjoy free access to the concert, and the children’s tent will include musical instruments to play, giant lawn games, bubbles, and face painting. In addition, the Children’s Musical Theater (CMT) will be performing pieces from Oklahoma. Food trucks and shaved ice will be available for purchase, and the OKM gift shop will be open to purchase posters, t-shirts, and other keepsakes.

A portion of ticket proceeds will go directly to support police, firefighters, and first responders.

In case of inclement weather, the concert moves to the Bartlesville Community Center. Local media will broadcast any change of venue by 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Single tickets range from $30-55. Packages are also available. For ticket information, call 918-337-2787.


Library collaborating with schools June 20

The Pawhuska Public Library will collaborate Thursday, June 20, with Pawhuska Public Schools to offer two science programs for Osage County youth. Librarian Yvonne Rose said the programs will be presented the morning of June 20 in the cafeteria of Pawhuska Elementary School.

The science programs will be presented by an organization called Mad Science of Central Oklahoma, which teaches science to children, Rose said.

The first program will be at 9 a.m. June 20 and its target audience will be children in Pre-K through second grade. This program will be sponsored by Pawhuska Public Schools, she said.

The second program will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and it will be for children in grades 3-6.

The theme for the programs will be “Journey in Space this summer with Mad Science as we reach for our Destination: Moon.”

Rose said children in the target age groups who are enrolled in summer school programs at Pawhuska Public Schools can attend these sessions. Also, children enrolled in Osage Nation summer educational programming can attend. Additionally, children in Pawhuska who are not enrolled in summer educational programs can attend, and children who live outside Pawhuska but are in the right age groups can attend, she said.

And one more thing for now: Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement in the next Pawhuska Journal-Capital about the magic show coming to the Pawhuska Public Library on June 25.