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Oklahoma Frontier Experience

Oklahoma Frontier Experience

As soon as you pass through the rugged entrances and split rail fencing, you’ll wonder if you’ve left the Oklahoma State Fair and entered the Wild West! The Oklahoma Frontier Experience is an interactive discovery zone that steps back in time through shows, demonstrations, and activities designed to give both city slickers and country folk an “experience” they will never forget.

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Wild West Showcase

The heroes and outlaws from all the Frontier shows along with several new special guests unite for The Wild West Showcase twice a day. The Showcase celebrates the serious and the comedic Oklahoma frontier and features the old-fashioned thrills of trick roping and trick riding combined with modern stunts that will delight fairgoers of all ages. 

NEW FOR 2018! Jerry Thornton & Mr. BoJangles: Everyone loves a feel-good story about a horse and his owner, and this one is no different. See Jerry Thornton and Mr. BoJangles, a rescued black stallion from Hurricane Katrina, wave, dance, bow and walk around on two feet - and that’s just the horse!

Rider Kiesner, World’s Fastest Rope & Gun Spinner: Spinnin’ it up a notch, will make you dizzy. Rider starts performing in the Wild West Showcase on September 17! 

Madison McDonald Thomas, World Champion Trick Rider: Sit back and watch this six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo entertainer and world champion trick rider with her horse, Magic in Motion. 

Jessica Blair Fowlkes, Liberty Rider: Dazzling audiences across the nation, this girl sparkles as she performs crazy things on her four fun-loving horses. You’ll be awed with her trick riding splendor and liberty exhibition.

Frontier Shows

OFE is abuzz with activity all day long.

ShenaniGuns! “Goofy For Gold”: The crack-up cowboys of ShenaniGuns! go “Goofy For Gold” when Gretchen the Goose lays a very special egg. To protect their precious prize, Sheriff Hoppalong Casually and Deputy Leon Jones square off against a highly explosive duo of dimwit desperadoes- The Dynamite Dudes!  

Plains Indian Dancers: Oklahoma is home to numerous Indian tribes. What better way to honor the tradition than through dance! Under the direction of Laura Bushyhead, the color and pageantry of Native America lives on in the daily performances by some of Oklahoma's best dancers.

Oklahoma Frontier Cloggers: What do you get when you combine tap with line dancing? Hold on to yer hat as three Oklahoma clogging clubs, City with Just a Lil’ Country Cloggers, Cottonwood Creek Cloggers and The Okie Stompers combine forces to bring the ultimate toe-tappin’ show. 

Cowboy Jim Garling: Mr. Garling, a native Oklahoman from Guthrie, returns for his fourth year with a guitar strapped on his shoulder and his genuine smile. Bringing cowboy-era music, classics from silver screen heroes and some favorites from contemporary artists. Fairgoers young and old will enjoy his incredible vocal style, remarkable guitar skills and little doses of history he shares about the songs. 

“Little” John, The Broom Maker: Be swept off your feet by this historical demonstration of broom making. Watch as “Little” John handcrafts a rustic broom out of natural materials.

Scottish Soap Maker: Using a 200-year-old family recipe and a fifth generation iron soap pot, watch Deborrah Burnett make Scottish Lye Soap one batch at a time, cooked slowly over an open fire, then ladled into wood tray forms.

Discover The Frontier!

The wild ways of the Oklahoma frontier seep into every part of OFE. See cowboys singing and talking about the trail as they sit around the chuck wagon camp. Take a look inside a life-size teepee and get up close and personal with Longhorn cattle, horses, and some Choctaw ponies.

Choctaw Indian Ponies: As you gaze upon these colorful Spanish mustangs, know that their ancestors were an integral part of the Trail of Tears. Small but tough, the Choctaw Indian Ponies lived through struggles and tragedies with the Choctaw Tribe. One of their many jobs was to carry the ill and infirmed on their backs along the Trail of Tears.

Deep Fork Chuck Wagon Cookin': David and Sheryl Roberts’ working chuck wagon display takes you back in time when modern conveniences just didn’t exist. Timing is everything and maybe you’ll be able to sample of taste of the old west and Oklahoma grub.

Blacksmiths of the Frontier: The Saltfork Craftsmen Artist-Blacksmiths show fairgoers the art and skill of blacksmithing. Frontier blacksmiths forged items out of necessity; today's blacksmiths are using those same skills to make everything from tools and decorative pieces to jewelry.

Lost Art of Wooden Bowl Turning: Using a human-powered spring pole lathe, Roger Abrahamson shows crowds bowl turning techniques that date back thousands of years.

For the Li'l Wranglers

Mutton Bustin’: If your child lives for excitement and dreams of riding in the rodeo, then let him/her try mutton busting. Maybe you'll discover the next NFR Bull Riding Champion? Registration and waivers required; restrictions apply.


Registration takes place at the OK Kid’s Corral, inside OFE, 30 minutes before each show.

Ages 4-6, max 60 lbs. (strictly enforced)

All children must weigh-in, no exceptions. Each child must have parent/guardian sign a release. A helmet & vest will be provided and must be worn. No spurs or ropes allowed. Each show is first-come, first-served as entry is limited.

OK Kids' Corral Activities: Grab yer hat and ride on in for the sack racin’ stampede, the stick horse rodeo or some dummy ropin’ fun held in the OK Kids’ Corral. Before you leave, be sure to have yer kin snap a picture at the Li’l Wrangler Photo Op.

This page updated on February 14, 2018