2016 Events

 


Chisholm Trail-150th Anniversary


Serving as the official kick-off of the Kansas events to commemorate the 150th Anniversary, the Abilene community has come together to plan a weekend of events.  Take pictures with Howdy the Longhorn or with tin-type photographers in historic garb. Live life as a cowboy at the Kids Buckaroo Camp. Eat scrumptious food from a variety of food trucks and vendors and sample beer and wine.


Friday night events: $5     |     1 Day Passes: $10     |     2 Day Passes: $15     |     Children 6-11: $5     |     Children 5 & under free!


Historic 1860s Street Dance

Friday, September 2  |  7 p.m.  |  Alamo Saloon Outdoor Stage

Experience an authentic 1860s dance at the Dickinson County Heritage Center and kick off the weekend with music and a bonfire with the Kansas Brigade Band

Beer & Wine Garden

Friday, September 2  |  7 p.m.  |  Alamo Saloon Outdoor Stage

Sample wine and beer while enjoying the festivities of the night

Broken Spoke Concert

Friday, September 2  |  8 p.m.  | Alamo Saloon Outdoor Stage

Wrap up the evening with the Country Western band, the Broken Spoke Band, and dance the night away

Chuckwagon Breakfast

Saturday, September 3  |  7 a.m. – 10 a.m.  | Old Abilene Town

Kick off your day like a real cowboy with a chuckwagon breakfast

Chisholm Trail Classic Auto Show

Saturday, September 3  |  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | Historic Union Pacific Depot, Downtown Abilene

Check out these classic cars and automobiles

KFDA Fast Draw Competition

Saturday, September 3  |  8 a.m.  | Dickinson County Heritage Center

See who’s the fastest draw in the wild, wild west! Competition goes on all day long

Saddle Up, Let’s Ride Parade

Saturday, September 3  |  10 a.m.  | Downtown Abilene

Officially kick off the festivities with a downtown parade featuring floats and a longhorn cattle drive

Steam Engine Train Rides

Saturday, September 3  |  10 a.m. & 2 p.m.  | Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Ride a restored steam engine through the scenic Smoky Valley

Gates Open

Saturday, September 3  |  11 a.m.  | Old Abilene Town

Beer & Wine Garden

Saturday, September 3  |  11 a.m.  |  Bull’s Head Saloon

Sample wine and beer while enjoying the festivities of the day

Kids Buckaroo Camp

Saturday, September 3   |   11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   |   Old Abilene Town

With activities ranging from stick horse barrel races to a fast draw competition, this camp is great for kids ages 4-12

Joseph McCoy Historic Reenactment

Saturday, September 3  |  11:30 a.m.  | Alamo Saloon Outdoor Stage

Meet the real McCoy and hear his incredible story that made him the Cattle King

McPherson Silver Buckle Saddle Club

Saturday, September 3  |  12 p.m.  | East End Old Abilene Town Arena

Witness the McPherson Silver Buckle Saddle club perform equine routines and stunts

Barry Ward, Western Music concert

Saturday, September 3  |  12 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Listen to Kansas native perform original Country Western songs about growing up in the heart of Kansas

 The Kansas Alliance of Historical Performances

Saturday, September 3  |  12 p.m.  | Alamo Outdoor Stage

Watch professional actors bring beloved cowboy legends to life in original skits and plays

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Saturday, September 3  |  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  | Bull’s Head Saloon

Try your luck at the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Chisholm Trail Mooovie Marathon

Saturday, September 3  |  12 p.m. – 9 p.m.  | Eisenhower Visitors Center

1:00  – American Lawmen: Tom Smith ( 1hr., 17 min.)
Using his fists instead of a pistol, professional boxer turned frontier lawman Tom Smith is determined to clean up ‘Hell on Earth.’ This is the little known story of one of the greatest lawmen of the Wild West.

2:30  –  Abilene Town (1 hr., 29 min.) Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak
In the years following the Civil War, the town of Abilene, Kansas, is poised on the brink of an explosive confrontation. A line has been drawn down the center of town where the homesteaders and the cattlemen have come to a very uneasy truce.

4:00 – The Old Chisholm Trail (1hr.) Johnny Mack Brown, Mady Correll, Tex Ritter
Dusty Gardner, bringing a herd up the Chisholm Trail, is looking for water. Belle Turner has water but wants an exorbitant price for it. When Dusty and his men start a well, Belle and her men set out to stop them.

7:00 – Red River (2 hr. 3, min.) John Wayne, Montgomery Clift
After starting his cattle ranch in Texas 14 years ago, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive.

Kansas Mounted Shooters demonstration

Saturday, September 3  | 1 p.m.  | East End Old Abilene Town Arena

Be amazed as the shooters navigate challenging courses and shoot balloons straight out of the air

Kelly Werts

Saturday, September 3  |  1 p.m.  |  Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Using his guitar and voice, Kelly brings life to classic songs from early folk, country, and popular music

Ron Wilson, cowboy poet

Saturday, September 3  |  3 p.m.  | Alamo Outdoor Stage 

Hear the 2003 Poet Lariat recite original poems about the cowboy life on the Chisholm Trail

“Rose of Texas” Melodrama

Saturday, September 3  |  2 p.m  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Watch an original melodrama depicting life on Texas Street during the wild and woolly days of the cowboys

Annie Wilson

Saturday, September 3  |  2 p.m  | Alamo Outdoor Stage

Founding member of the Tallgrass Prairie Band will perform a one-woman show that shares her love of Kansas and the Flint Hills

Jeff Davidson, cowboy poet

Saturday, September 3  |  3 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Live the life of a cowboy through lively poetry and music

Geff Dawson, cowboy poet

Saturday, September 3  |  1 p.m.  | Alamo Outdoor Stage

Live the life of a cowboy through lively poetry and music

Diamond W. Wranglers

Saturday, September 3  |  4 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Enjoy the thundering, exciting music of the Diamond W. Wranglers as they perform both classic and new Country Western favorites

Western Music Association – Kansas Chapter

Saturday, September 3  |  5 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Watch a roundup of Kansas-born Western Music stars perform all on stage together

Loading of Longhorn Cattle

Saturday, September 3  |  6 p.m.  | Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

See cattle boarded onto the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad and shipped off, as they were 149 years ago

Dennis Rogers, Native American Spirit Dancer

Saturday, September 3  |  7 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Experience a Native American spirit dance performed by acclaimed Navajo artist Dennis Rogers

Red Steagall, cowboy performer

Saturday, September 3  |  8 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Singer, songwriter, and cowboy poet, Red Steagall is best known for his wonderful Texas Swing dance music and such songs as “Here We Go Again”, “Party Dolls and Wine”, “Freckles Brown”, and “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music”. He also is beloved by Texas cowboys for the quiet times they have spent with him around chuck wagon campfires.  In their opinion, the public has never heard Red Steagall’s best music.

Fireworks Show

Saturday, September 3  |  9:30 p.m.  | Old Abilene Town

A fireworks display will wrap up the day with fiery explosions that will rival the Fourth of July

Gates Open

Saturday, September 4  |  8 a.m.  | Old Abilene Town

Chuckwagon Breakfast

Saturday, September 4  |  8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  | Old Abilene Town

Kick off your day like a real cowboy with a chuckwagon breakfast

KFDA Fast Draw Competition

Sunday, September 4  |  8 a.m.  | Dickinson County Heritage Center

See who’s the fastest draw in the wild, wild west! Competition goes on all day long

Cowboy Church

Saturday, September 4  |  10 a.m.  | Old Abilene Town

Enjoy Sunday service just like the cowboys did: on the open prairie

Chisholm Trail Mooovie Marathon

Saturday, September 4  |  12 p.m. – 5 p.m.  | Eisenhower Visitors Center

Watch classic Western films and cool down in the Eisenhower Presidential Visitors Center and Gift Shop

Western Music Association – Kansas Chapter

Saturday, September 3  |  12 – 5 p.m.  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Watch a roundup of Kansas-born Western Music stars perform all on stage together

“Rose of Texas” Melodrama

Saturday, September 4  |  1 p.m  | Joseph McCoy Stage (east end)

Watch an original melodrama depicting life on Texas Street during the wild and woolly days of the cowboys

Steam Engine Train Rides

Saturday, September 4  |   2 p.m.  | Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

Ride a restored steam engine through the scenic Smoky Valley