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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 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

The 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 2017! Jaye Anders-Kukowski, Cowgirl Mounted Shooting: You think riding and shooting at the same time sounds easy? Maybe not when you’re running a fast paced, timed pattern, while using two .45 caliber, single action revolvers. The revolvers must be cocked each time before firing and the cartridges are filled with black powder. The embers actually pop the balloon as far as 15 feet away. No live rounds or projectiles are allowed in mounted shooting - so feel safe as you watch Jaye’s incredible horsemanship and marksmanship.

NEW FOR 2017! Rider Kiesner, World’s Fastest Rope & Gun Spinner: Spinnin’ it up a notch, this amazing cowboy will make you dizzy. Rider Kiesner starts performing in the Wild West Showcase on Monday, September 18!

Bruce Neconie, Hoop Dancer: One of America’s greatest hoop dancers is returning to the Wild West Showcase. You can catch his hoop skills everyday during the Showcase at 1 p.m.

Wild West Stunt Riders

NEW FOR 2017! Madison McDonald Thomas, World Champion Trick Rider: This six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo entertainer and world champion trick rider will be joining this year’s Wild West Showcase. Sit back and watch her equestrian “Magic in Motion.”  

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

Frontier Shows

The Oklahoma Frontier Experience is abuzz with activity all day long. Check the Schedule for show times in August.

NEW FOR 2017! Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket, Miracle Worker: If you think healthcare is rough now, step back in time to a day if someone lived to see 45, they were extremely lucky.  Did those lucky few have good genes or were they customers of Dr. Hedgethicket?  Is he a miracle worker or just a good ol’ travelin’ medicine man?  You decide as he also touts himself as the frontier’s rainmaker.

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! Dynamite Dan and Dynamite Bob set off a comic ka-boom of funny one-liners and silly sight gags as they grab for the golden goose. 

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.

Cowboy Jim Garling: Mr. Garling, a native Oklahoman from Guthrie, returns for his fourth year with a guitar strapped on his shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering his genuine smile. Bringing cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorites from contemporary artists who reflect on cowboy life, rest assured, audiences young and old will enjoy Jim's incredible vocal style, remarkable and long-proven guitar skills, and little doses of history and anecdotes he gladly shares about the songs he sings.

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.  

“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. 

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.

Discover The Frontier!

The wild ways of the Oklahoma frontier seep into every part of the Oklahoma Frontier Experience. 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, buffalo, horses and some Choctaw ponies.

Where the Buffalo Roam: The majestic American bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds and stand six feet tall. The buffalo is an inseparable part of Oklahoma history; no other wild animal has played such a significant role in human affairs. The tribes of the American plains relied on bison for food, shelter, clothing and as a powerful spiritual symbol.  Here’s your chance to gaze upon Oklahoma’s state animal in all their glory.

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.

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.

The 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. Shows are in the OFE arena.

REGISTRATION & RULES: 

Registration will take place at the OK Kid’s Corral, inside the OFE, 30 minutes prior to each show.

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

All children must weigh-in, no exceptions. Child must be signed up 30 minutes prior to riding. Child must have parent or guardian sign a release. Helmet & Vest will be provided and must be worn. No spurs or ropes allowed. Entries Limited. First-come, first-served.

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 August 13, 2017