Trails, Rails & Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail kicks off a year of celebrating the Chisholm Trail Sesquicentennial 

ABILENE, Kan. — Come join us for a celebration that has been 149 years in the making. This Labor Day weekend (Sep. 2-4) celebrate the 149th Chisholm Trail Anniversary with the “Saddle Up, Let’s Ride!” parade which will include welcoming back the Texas longhorn cattle down the streets of ol’ Abilene. Trails, Rails and Tales: Spirit of the Chisholm Trail is an event you will not want to miss kicking off the 150th celebration of the Chisholm Trail. This celebration will truly have something for everyone!

If the longhorns don’t get you hooked, then maybe getting your boots scootin’ will do the trick with live music. Performers include Red Steagall and the Boys of the Bunkhouse on the main stage. The weekend also includes an authentic Native American Spirit Dancer performance. Bring back the old west by trying your hand at a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament with a chance to win prizes and respect.

The action-packed weekend will include food and beverages along with cowboy poets, story tellers, historical re-enactors, live music and a buckaroo camp for the kids.

Contact the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at 785.263.2231 for additional details or to learn how to volunteer and be a part of history. Event details and updates will be posted on the website at or find us on Facebook @ChisholmTRT.